Friday, 27 November 2009

Level 42 ''The Early Tapes · July/Aug 1980''

Level 42

''The Early Tapes · July/Aug 1980''
( LP Polydor Records, 1980 )
Catalog # SPELP 28

A1 Sandstorm
A2 Love Meeting Love
A3 Theme To Margaret
A4 Autumn (Paradise Is Free)
B1 Wings Of Love
B2 Woman
B3 Mr. Pink
B4 88

Personnel & Credits:
Mike Engles - Engineer
Boon Gould - Guitar, Saxophone
Phil Gould - Drums, Vocals
Mark King - Bass, Percussion, Vocals
Mike Lindup - Keyboards, Vocals
Krys Mach - Saxophone
Annie McCaig - Vocals (bckgr)
Pete Ritzema - Producer
Engineer - Graham Carmichael
Mastered By - Ian Cooper
Producer - Andy Sojka , Jerry Pike

Recorded in London and mixed at Playground Studio. Mastered at The Townhouse.
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album

At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was a jazz-funk fusion band, following in the footsteps of such pioneers as Stanley Clarke. By the end of the '80s, they were a pop-R&B band with a number of hit singles to their credit. Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards), the band formed in 1980. Before they released their first single, "Love Meeting Love," the band was pushed to add vocals to their music in order to give it a more commercial sound; they complied, with King becoming the lead singer. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut album was a slick soul-R&B collection that charted in the U.K. Top 20, resulting in the release of The Early Tapes by their former record label, Polydor. Level 42 had several minor hit singles before 1984's "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" hit the British Top Ten. Released in late 1985, World Machine broke the band worldwide; "Lessons in Love" hit number one in Britain and "Something About You" hit number seven in America. Their next two records, Running in the Family (1987) and Staring at the Sun (1988), were a big success in the U.K., yet only made some headway in the U.S. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died of AIDS-related diseases in 1989; he was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991's Guaranteed. The band followed Guaranteed in 1995 with Forever Now.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine (AMG)

Covers here.

By Andy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

no pw

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