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RE: Level 42 - superb.

It is true that we tend to relate to the music that was available when we were growing up, so for me that was 70's-80's. Looking back, I agree there was a lot of rubbish in the 80's, and its this that no one will agree on so there's no point in trying to get one up on each other. Personally, I can understand someone slagging Level 42 if all they heard was from Running In The Family onwards - I think most fans will agree it is their earlier stuff that is superior.

Either way, Level 42 wrote and performed their own stuff, and are still playing live gigs. They are a group of musicians, just like many other groups. I could quite easily state that U2 are a big pile of poo (which is actually my opinion) and are extremely overrated - some will disagree, some will agree. I also think David Bowie and the Rolling Stones are overrated - I'm not going to slag them off because they've been around a long time and are well respected, and they're still performing to huge sell out crowds. But for me they don't seem to have ever produced high quality material representative of their standing within the industry. We like what we like, whether other people feel they're "appalling" or not. 

Level 42 are entertaining, host great live gigs, and are made up of decent musicians - one of which (Mark) can play a large number of different instruments. How many musicians can say that? And how many of them have a career that is now in its 4th decade? In fact, come to think about it, there's a very large number of 80's artists who are still around making music - because its what they enjoy, rather than it being a highly paid career. Similarly, how many artists from the past 20 years are still going, whoether successful or not, or just for the love of it? Nowadays, people make music for money, and once they've got some, they're no longer interested.

Similarly, there are people out there who slag off films like Donnie Darko, Fight Club, The Dark Knight etc etc.

Anyway, how about getting back on topic? This is a thread about how good Level 42 are/were. Maybe a new thread could be started about how crap the 80's were, for those that feel that way.

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Level 42 is one hell of a band. Best musicians available and fantastic songwriting.

My fave albums ;

Guaranteed (with Allan Holdsworth.........amazing stuff)

Staring At The Sun

but all albums are so good................ Smile

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:
You can not dismiss all rap and modern R&B just from what you have heard.

I can, simply because I personally don't like that style of singing or music. There's obviously lots who do: artists like Snoop Cents and Fifty Dogg or whatever their names are have sold millions, but it's not for me.  Everyone has different tastes, which was the point of my post. Just like Charlie Jefferson's preference is not for Level 42. But unlike him, I don't go saying an artist is rubbish just because I don't like them.
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Couple of days ago I purchased 'World Machine' on vinyl from a charity shop in the village (50p). It's in superb condition (cover and record).

Gawd, it sounds awesome. 

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Used to use the track Physical Presence for demo. I used to love the sound of it, particularly the drums in places.

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Never got into Level 42, they are OK I don't dislike them. I agree with David about music you grow up with there does seem to be something in that. Im a bit older so my teenage diet of music was Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zepp, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Little Feat, Yes, Tull etc. 

After about 1977 I did lose a lot of interest in music.

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BigH wrote:

Im a bit older so my teenage diet of music was Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zepp, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Little Feat, Yes, Tull etc. 

After about 1977 I did lose a lot of interest in music.

I was the opposite way round. Grew up with 60s Motown, Stax, The Who, Small Faces.... the 70s, by comparison, was dreary with groups like Smokie, The Sweet, Rubettes, T-Rex... along with EDITED novelty records like Clive Dunn (Grandad), The Wurzels.

There were exceptions such as Minnie Riperton, Kate Bush, Curtis Mayfield, Bowie, early Roxy, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo, Al Green, Marvin Gaye...

The Punk/New Wave stuff revitalised my interest because of the energy. The Jam were reincarnation of The Who and Kinks. Defined my way of life.

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Am also a fan of Level 42, spoken to Mark King many times, he is a presenter on Isle of Wight radio station,. They are touring Euope at present with a great 80's revival festival that is in UK in August, I think, acts include Mike and the Mechanics, Rick Astley, Boomtown Rats, Thompson Twins, Holly Johnson, UB40, Marc Almond, Roland Gift, Howard Jones, Flock of Seasgulls, Johnny Hates Jazz, Hall and Oats, Billy Ocean, 10cc, Heaven 17, ABC, The Christians etc....

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just listening on qobus the level 42 album sounds great as does world michine album . :cheers:

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plastic penguin wrote:

BigH wrote:

Im a bit older so my teenage diet of music was Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zepp, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Little Feat, Yes, Tull etc. 

After about 1977 I did lose a lot of interest in music.

I was the opposite way round. Grew up with 60s Motown, Stax, The Who, Small Faces.... the 70s, by comparison, was dreary with groups like Smokie, The Sweet, Rubettes, T-Rex... along with EDITED novelty records like Clive Dunn (Grandad), The Wurzels.

There were exceptions such as Minnie Riperton, Kate Bush, Curtis Mayfield, Bowie, early Roxy, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo, Al Green, Marvin Gaye...

The Punk/New Wave stuff revitalised my interest because of the energy. The Jam were reincarnation of The Who and Kinks. Defined my way of life.

Thats interesting, the 70s for me was all about albums, never liked all that singles stuff. 

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My absolute favourite Level 42 album on vinyl is Early Tapes. Love it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Early_Tapes

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awful music awful awful band IMO - just saying.....

 

Rain Dogs = Album of the 80's

 

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plastic penguin wrote:

BigH wrote:

Im a bit older so my teenage diet of music was Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zepp, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Little Feat, Yes, Tull etc. 

After about 1977 I did lose a lot of interest in music.

I was the opposite way round. Grew up with 60s Motown, Stax, The Who, Small Faces.... the 70s, by comparison, was dreary with groups like Smokie, The Sweet, Rubettes, T-Rex... along with EDITED novelty records like Clive Dunn (Grandad), The Wurzels.

There were exceptions such as Minnie Riperton, Kate Bush, Curtis Mayfield, Bowie, early Roxy, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo, Al Green, Marvin Gaye...

The Punk/New Wave stuff revitalised my interest because of the energy. The Jam were reincarnation of The Who and Kinks. Defined my way of life.

   You forgot the mighty SLADE..........:)
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plastic penguin wrote:

Couple of days ago I purchased 'World Machine' on vinyl from a charity shop in the village (50p). It's in superb condition (cover and record).

Gawd, it sounds awesome. 

PP - we agree on something

I did the same - £1 from Langley Mill Records, gobsmacked how good this LP sounds - so rich, with lots of body - that vinyl for ya

 

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alchemist 1 wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

BigH wrote:

Im a bit older so my teenage diet of music was Pink Floyd, The Who, Led Zepp, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Little Feat, Yes, Tull etc. 

After about 1977 I did lose a lot of interest in music.

I was the opposite way round. Grew up with 60s Motown, Stax, The Who, Small Faces.... the 70s, by comparison, was dreary with groups like Smokie, The Sweet, Rubettes, T-Rex... along with EDITED novelty records like Clive Dunn (Grandad), The Wurzels.

There were exceptions such as Minnie Riperton, Kate Bush, Curtis Mayfield, Bowie, early Roxy, Thin Lizzy, Status Quo, Al Green, Marvin Gaye...

The Punk/New Wave stuff revitalised my interest because of the energy. The Jam were reincarnation of The Who and Kinks. Defined my way of life.

   You forgot the mighty SLADE..........:)

not sure who that is directed at?

 

 

If at me then you must be joking.

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