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Forever Now

Level 42 Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B003BMO2BC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,738,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LEVEL 42 Forever Now (Deleted 1994 UK RCA label 4-track 12 vinyl single featuring Porky Rides Again Remix plus remixes of All Over You by Mother and K-Klass. Housed in original picture sleeve which does exhibit minor creasing to the top righthand corner but the vinyl is in mint unplayed condition)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever Now 29 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Prior to "Forever Now", the two previous Level 42 albums, 1988's "Staring At The Sun" and 1991's "Guaranteed", were a bit directionless and uninspired - and ultimately a bit boring. [Though not by any means bad, "Guaranteed" in particular came across as fairly depressing with its lyrical concerns of death and misery only dampening the music]. This album shows the band back at their best - for two reasons; 1] the return to their jazz-funk sound, and 2] the return of original drummer and lyricist Phillip Gould. While "Forever Now" maybe lacks the youthful energy of the 1981 debut release "Level 42" or the commercial sucker punch of 1985's "World Machine", this is definitely Level 42's best album since "World Machine", and musically [while in sonic terms, it doesn't actually sound like either] is a hybrid of the jazz-funk of the former, and the more polished sound of the latter.

By 1994, the sound that the band [at this point consisting of Mike Lindup, Phil Gould, Mark King and Wally Badarou] had been stuck with for the previous seven years was now gone and had been replaced with a fresher, fuller sound; gone were the dated mechanical keyboards synonymous with the late '80's and instead pianos, organs and warmer-sounding synths were welcomed into the fold. Similarly, for the first time in many years, Level 42 have drums that sound a lot more organic and present in the mix than those heard on any Level 42 song since, say, "Lying Still" from 1985. Phil Gould, in his typical signature style, lays down some excellent hi-hat and snare work, creating laid-back Jeff Porcaro "Georgy Porgy" style grooves which are a welcoming return to the early days of the band's music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still going strong....just about 11 Oct 2006
By gingerguru VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of Level 42 for more years than I care to mention. I bought this only relatively recently to complete the collection of all their studio albums.

The band's profile had dipped dramatically by the time this was released back in '96 and I, along with many I suspect, didn't even realise it existed, despite I'm told 1 or 2 singles being released.

Anyway, in short, if you like Level 42 you will certainly like this album. It is not an instant classic by the band's very high standards but it is a steady grower and now that I can say I know all the songs pretty much inside out, this is a worthy purchase for any fan of the band or anyone, for that matter, who is into intelligent adult contemporary pop/rock.

Compared to the band's previous outings, this is very much a mixed bag with clear influences from the band's earlier work going back as far as The Early Tapes. You will also find some references to the Running In The Family era - see All Over You and others.

As you would expect with any Level 42 album, the standards of musicianship, song arrangement and production are high.

There are some real highs on this album which compare favourably with the very best material the band has ever produced - see Love In a Peaceful Work, All Over You, Talking In Your Sleep & One In a Million.

Overall, a 4 star album as there are, perhaps, one or two tracks which aren't quite up to the high standard of the rest. Don't judge on the first couple of listens,though. Persist and you will be rewarded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars last album 13 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
Forever now was the last of the series of albums with mark king and mike lindup together.By the time this album came out there popularity had dwindled after there commercial sucess of World machine and Running in the family.Being a Level 42 fan since 1981 i watched and listened to all there music.This album wasn,t a hit but i think its great easy listening especially certain tracks like The Sunbed Song mellow and laid back to the upbeat All Over You.Well worth a purchase i feel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, back to old style Level 42 album. 2 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you like the older Level 42 stuff then you are sure to like this. The basic album on it's own is good but it is further enhanced by the additioal re-mixes. These could only previously be found as 'B' sides on singles released from the album.
A definate must for a true fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forever 15 July 2007
By andy
Format:Audio CD
Its funny reading other peoples reviews.
I had always considered this album to be a major return to form for the band when i first heard it back in 94.
Gone was the patchiness of the Guaranteed album; with its style trying to head in too many directions, and the below par writing, and in its place was;
Phil Gould back on drums and song writing, (Yay!)
The awful harsh 80's synths and keyboards had finally gone to be replaced by warm Fender Rhodes style tones;
VERY Level 42 song structures and lyrics.

In addition, there were new elements.
Another reviewer here states that All Over You brings to mind the level 42 of old, but i see that song as adeparture from their old sound. Its funky, but in a new way we hadn;t seen before. I can't think of a Level 42 song it sounds like, especially with the horn riffs; 42 never really did those before. Its fantastic though.
The Sunbed Song is great and has a killer bass line, and a wonderful reprise of Turn It On, from their first album.
Romance, could have come straight off that 1981 album, its brilliant, but stylistically like Marvin Gaye???!!!

What??? Are you kidding??
It sounds nothing like Marvin Gaye, It SOUNDS like Level 42.
And perhaps that is the point. This album sounds more like Level 42 that any of the three albums that came before it did.
What is more interesting are the songs that never made it onto this album, but are available on another edition if you can find one. (On Resurgence)
So, to sum up, a very worhty album, and it seems much undervalued
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5.0 out of 5 stars As On The Tin
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Published 9 months ago by H. Joberns
4.0 out of 5 stars Forever Now
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