Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, R&B, Rock
Deluxe expanded two CD edition of the British Funksters' 1994 album. Confusingly, this album was initially issued as an 11 track release, but then reissued two years later with a reworked tracklisting. This double disc set... more »
Deluxe expanded two CD edition of the British Funksters' 1994 album. Confusingly, this album was initially issued as an 11 track release, but then reissued two years later with a reworked tracklisting. This double disc set features all 17 tracks from the two releases plus eleven more bonus tracks including remixes and non album tracks, making it the definitive version of Forever Now. Originally from the Isle of Wight, Level 42 racked up 230 weeks in the album charts throughout the '80s and early '90s with many fondly-remembered hit singles. With core members Mark King (bass and vocals) and Mike Lindup (keyboards and vocals), they had hit after hit with their distinctive mix of funky work-outs and plaintive ballads. 28 tracks. Edsel.
Level 42 In A Peaceful World
Andre S. Grindle | Brewer Maine | 08/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's hard not to think of the mid 90's music scene and not get a little mixed up. There was trance over here,high NRG over here,new jack swing over here and each seemed to be on these different,crazy collision courses. During the 80's Level 42 were one of the most durable and frankly consistant bands of the era,always based in it's jazz-funk roots but adding dashes of pop and even disco along the way. When their 90's debut Guaranteed came out.....things hadn't changed for them. A few years later when Level 42 went back into the studio to record their second album of the decade they decided that,for the first time since the mid 80's to mix it up a bit with some modern elements such as the fuzzy,droning hip-hop beats that pretty much dominated 90's funk as well as some elements of disco revival. But just because they changed their beats doesn't mean they changed their entire approch. Mark King's bass brilliance and Mike Lindup melodic keyboards still hold down the fort.Lyrically there is an interesting tendency here to speak a great deal of the transendant;"Past Lives" with it's quirky grooves actually deals with reincarnation wheras the likeminded "The Bends" even references Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.On "Don't Bother Me" there is some overdo cultural reference to the bands salad days referring to someone "spending the 80's in a trance" and having "led us all on a merry dance". There's still plenty of the bands breezy,humane'lovestruck and poetic mood to go around as "Romance,"Time Will Heal" and "The Sunbed Song" all reveal."Learn To Say No" was a a huge hit off the album and it's no wonder because it has the most strong resemblance to the bands classic sound. One interesting quality here is how much the band draw musically here from 70's R&B/funk. Yes it was the genre that inspired them in the first place but they were never a retro band. Despite the contemporary leanings, between Mike's heavy use of the fender rhodes and horns on a lot of songs this is definately the closest Level 42 ever came to 70's funk-soul revival. At the same time their own sound always came first. Even though it has fanfaring horns and this urban flavor the title song,also a hit maintains the magical musical quality that has sustained Level 42 over the years. Another "hit" song is "Love In A Peaceful World",which sums up perfectly the cultural atmospherics of the period-a need for carefree romance in a world based on paranoia and revisionist history. The album actually opens up with one of it's odder songs "Billy's Gone",a rather dark and mournful song that recalls some of Level 42's earlier instrumental pieces like "Dune Tune" only with that modern fuzzy beat. This album was originally released in 1994 but a couple years later was reissued with a different track listing.For some reason two excellent songs were removed and are on the second CD of this set. One is "Tired Of Waiting",a classic Level 42 jam in every sense of the word. "All Over You",also uptempo is a more "contempo" club track,at least as far as Level 42 could get at that time. In fact four of the remixes that fill out the second disk of this set are remixes of that song that are even more clubby. Ditto for the rest of the remixes here,save for two true-to-the-original mixes of "Love In A Peaceful World". During a time when generic sounds were accepted and even critically acclaimed during this era of pop music Level 42 were still remaining very true to themselves. And even if they weren't releasing albums at all consistantly during this time it was nice to hear them keeping true to the context of their own musical vision."
The album that made it late
Pixeldust | Mexico | 07/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just wonder was would be the history is we had this album instead of Guaranteed.
By the way if you can get the single with the mixed version of "love in a peaceful world", wich is shorter and with a little more rythm, Just get it In fact there are two singles the blue and the white.
If you want something more danceable, there is a version of "learn to say no" , mixed by K-Klass. It's the orange one. I rememember a yeloow one. but i am not shure what it was.
Probably the album with most remixes that never made it to the mainstream.
ahhh. I recommend the MArk King German DVD,
One of the greatest albums ever... but with a caveat
Eric J. Draves | Chicago, IL United States | 03/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When this was first released I bought this, mildly surprised that Level 42 had a new album and that it was actually in the local CD store. I thought it would be as lackluster as "Guaranteed", but I was proven far wrong. I really enjoyed the return of the overall techno-funkiness which had been missed after "World Machine". But here the problems began. The CD single of "All Over You" included an extra track called "Learn to Say No". Also, some months later there was ANOTHER release of the album with a different picture and different tracks. When I bought that as well, I realized the tracks on the newer release were of inferior sound quality, and some of them had been remixed.
Long story short, the only way I can play the album is on my iPod, starting with "Learn to Say No" from the single, then all of the tracks from both versions of the album, using original version when possible, finishing up with "Talking in Your Sleep", then ending it with a reprise of "Learn" which is the other mix from the single.
Played that way, the entire album is an incredible masterpiece. Broken up into three releases like it is, however, it won't be quite so much enjoyment to listen to. For example, people have touted "Billy's Gone" on the new version as an improvement, which I have disagreed about since it just feels right to have the verses together followed by the choruses. It makes the song build up as though it really meant something.
The caveat is that you must buy both versions of the album, AND somehow find the single of "All Over You" which is long out of print. But it's worth it."