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Letters from the Underground [VINYL]

Levellers Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (11 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: On the Fiddle
  • ASIN: B0019LRAL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Days returning??? 21 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
One of the other reviewers suggested people should catch the Levellers live...

As it happens, that's just what I've just done. I spent this last weekend (15th - 18th August 2008) at Levellers very own BEAUTIFUL DAYS festival at Escot Park in Devon... I've seen the Levs many times over the years and remain a firm fan despite not having THOROUGHLY enjoyed an album since "Zeitgeist". This isn't a fezzy review though... all I'll say is it was muddy but brilliant, though Levellers themselves were oddly lacklustre considering the festival is their baby...

Which leads me on to this new album...

Let me say first, to anyone who doesn't really know much about the band... stop reading now and go and buy their first 4 albums... then buy the others and, finally, buy this... it'll put what I have to say into context.

As a fan it's hard to be objective, but I think the last few albums have been mediocre or worse... so I was expecting "Letters From The Underground" to be equally poor. Boy am I surprised!!!

The thing I loved about the early Levellers material was the rawness and energy to it. This was something I felt they lost once they made a few quid and got to fool around in much more high-tech studios. Also, I guess that as we get older the flame dampens and priorities change a bit... and it becomes hard to sustain the sense of social and moral outrage that fuels us when we are young. I believe that's what happened to the Levs.

I don't think they ever stopped caring though, and "Letters..." is proof of that. I don't think any of the songs on this album are as strong or memorable as the angry anthems of the late 80s/early 90s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to business 12 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Not in a long time have I taken to an album as quickly as I have with this. This is the Levellers at their very best. Classic folk, punk and rock merged into a beautifully executed and politically powerful wonder.

After hearing them perform a few of the tracks live I knew it was going to be good, but I never expected this gem. It is a true delight to listen to, each and every song fantastically crafted and recorded with so much passion and emotion.

In recent albums I've been slightly concerned that their music was becoming overproduced. This album strips the music down to its raw basics and really shows off the virtuosity this band encompasses.

If you're new to the band you'll love it, if you're obsessed with them, you'll love it. There is something here for everyone, from the extremely punkish Burn America Burn to the epic and heart-wrenching Behold The Pale Rider (which to my delight is sang by Simon, something I thought was missing from the last album).

In my opinion there is not a bad thing about this album and it gives credit to the passion that the Levellers have put into their music over the past decades. If it keeps on growing on me like it is now I daren't imagine how obsessed I'm going to be with it by this time next week!

Buy this album now, you won't regret it, I promise!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO FORM 18 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Levellers fan for a number of years and not being too enamoured by their last few albums I was in two minds whether to purchase this album or not.Wow am I glad I did this is the Levellers back to their stomping best,in my opinion the best Levs album since Levelling The Land.
The album contains a host of tracks that surely will become live set regulars.The albums a must buy it now with no hesitation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A return to form.... 1 Sep 2008
By S. P. Long TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to the Levellers for many years, since I saw them supporting New Model Army on tour back in 1990. I've seen them live numerous times, and they are always a storming live act. Unfortunately, their recent albums have been a bit of a disappointment. "Hello Pig" was the low point for me - barely a tune on it, and I struggled to listen all the way through once. "Green Blade Rising" was better, but "Truth And Lies" was another slip downhill - another one that I struggled to listen to more than once.

I bought "Letters..." yesterday, and was very pleasantly surprised. I'm not sure what's happened, but this is far closer to Levellers of old than the stuff they've been putting out since 2000. The tunes are actually catchy again, and there is a degree of energy and enthusiasm that has been sadly lacking in their recent work.

It doesn't quite reach the heights of classics like "Levelling The Land", but if (like me) you'd given up on Levellers over the last few years, this is well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 100% Levellers - Just like the Good Old Days 11 Aug 2008
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is Grade One, No Holds Barred, Levellers... and they are having fun. Stomping, anarchic Folk-Rock - everything you want from a Levellers album. Soaring fiddle, thundering drums, howling guitars, and some really good foot-tapping tunes. Bit early to say which is best track - but this is genuine Levellers, through-and-through. You know it makes sense!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, energy filled, brilliance 6 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
Having listed to the Levellers from a young age I found myself absolutely loving this album. Every song puts pours out energy and makes me feel at least 15 years younger. Great stuff!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer other albums personally especially static on the airwaves!
Hello! This album is an ok Levellers album, hasn't grown on me quick enough really so have rated it ok. Read more
Published 11 months ago by tankgirl_23
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love this album, but I am biased as I'm a bit of a Levellers fan, so I wouldn't say anything else!
Published 20 months ago by Lesley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as usual
My only criticism of this CD would be that the mix of what songs come when, in my view could have been done differently. Read more
Published 21 months ago by P G Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best
I used to love The Levellers back in the 90s. Saw them at Glastonbury. Bought all the albums. Then I forgot about them for a while. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by Jimbo
4.0 out of 5 stars the electric fiddle still sounds the call to action
The Levellers were one of my favorite bands of the mid-Nineties, sort of a cross between the Clash and the Oysterband with a connection to the anti-roads movement of Britain at the... Read more
Published on 25 July 2010 by Autonomeus
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated on Amazon
I think that most people who write reviews on Amazon either usually love an item or despise it. Others in the middle usually can't be bothered to critique an unremarkable work,... Read more
Published on 21 April 2009 by Moondog
5.0 out of 5 stars Levellers strike gold again
Some wonderful tracks particularly "The Cholera Well", "A Life Less Ordinary", and "Burn America Burn". Once again well produced,faultlessly played and energy laden. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by Philippa M. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Levellers levelling the land AGAIN!!!!
Finally. After many years of ordinary Folk Rock. Levellers have remembered where they eminate from. They have developed and recorded an album, that can truely take its place next... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2009 by Andrew Mandefield
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Absolutely fantastic Album,my favourite so far,My fave songs are "Before the end" and "Burn America Burn" but the rest are all fantastic too, but don't take my word for It... Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2009 by A. Goodyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
A fantastic album with no week songs. The Levellers have at last brought their raw energy and passion together with their ability to tug at the heart and nail a good melody. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2008 by H. Ackland
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