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Standing in the Light

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000008HP3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
'Standing In The Light' was a pivotal album for Level 42 back in 1983. After years of consistently denting the lower reaches of the singles charts with tracks like 'Love Games' and 'Turn It On', with 'The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up' they landed their first major hit. Slightly less the old Level 42 and a bit more mainstream commercial, 'The Sun Goes Down' was more in tune with what was going down on U.K. dance floors at the time. The album did not however have an obvious follow-up on it and neither 'Micro-Kid' (average) nor 'Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind' (a decent slower groove) did anywhere near as well as singles.

'Standing In The Light' is a consistent set though. For the most part the songs on offer here hark back to the bands earlier style but with more of an emphasis on vocals. This does not always work to the bands advantage however as Mark Kings voice is pretty monotone and this becomes increasingly apparent the longer the album goes on. 'A Pharoah's Dream (Of Endless Time)' is therefore even more of a welcome return to the bands roots. King does sing on the track but it is basically a bass and guitar led spacey fusion jam that features a nagging bass line to die for and the bands trademark soaring backing vocals.

'People' is a nice mid-tempo jolter with great lyrics, 'Dance On Heavy Weather' takes the groove more towards rock and is all synths and harmony vocals and 'The Machine Stops' features some of Mr Kings awesome quick fire bubbling bass playing.

Worth a purchase.
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Love it.
Takes me right back to 'A' levels & local disco.
Great melodies / rhythms..& Mark King's bass..!
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By SimmySue on 15 April 2012
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This is one of the greats in the Level 42 album collection, although they have never made an album I didn't like! Great known tracks such as Micro Kid, Sun Goes Down & Out Of Sight Out Of Mind (one of my fav Level songs), but also songs like I Want Eyes and the title track Standing In The Light make the album a great listen, varied and wonderfully written. Full of the fantastic musicianship that makes Level 42 different from any other band at that time or since. Great, great album, and for me, the best band in the world.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C S. Crichton-Sharp on 26 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD
I certainly think so! I bought the LP back in 1982, and I still have it. When I pulled it out recently the quality of the LP was quite poor hence the purchase of the CD. It is so good, the lyrics sung by Mark King and Mike Lindup are of course written by Phil Gould, the drummer and they are exquisite and full of meaning! Reminding me of my college days! Happy days!
Best songs: A Pharoah's dream, I want eyes, Out of sight & out of mind and Standing in the Light - brilliant.
Production is still very good and consistent (the CD was printed in 1993)and plays beautifully through my Cyrus system and Monitor Audio speakers.
If you like Level 42, then this is a must!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As Good As It Gets 17 Nov 2004
By Andre' S Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Whatever Level 42 were trying to do musically it worked.There sound was funky,soulful and tight and how they managed to gain any interest ammong British new romantics in beyond me.Mark King,Mike Lindup and Phil and Boon Gould are real musicians,real performers with a great glossy sound saddled with,on the vocal numbers,lyrics of topical or intelligent concerns.They remind me of Earth,Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder at times but with a TOTALLY fresh flavor."Micro Kid",the classic "The Sun Goes Down" and the title cut are classic Level 42-the sound always rises from the bottom."I Want Eyes" and "Out Of Site Out Of Mind" are lovely ballads and "People" should have been a MAJOR US hit!!!This band NEVER got it's due early in it's career,whitch was also their peak.From 1980 to this album their material represent Level 42 at their musical prime and even though 'Something About You' hit big a few years later the band were way past their peak by the time the song was released in my opinion.In fact it would start to go downhill after 'Standing In The Light' when the band moved away from it's classic sound in it's next outing,focusing more on true new wave techno-pop and clished world beat experiments.But EARLY Level 42 were a spectacle to behold.And along with period Spandau Ballet,ABC and The Style Council British funk-jazz/R&B couldn't get much better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Simply unmissable if you like true music. 8 Feb 2003
By Magnani Paolo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a once-in-a-life masterwork. Level 42 were the moment jazz-funk mainly instrumental phenomenon, and their leader, Mark King, decided to demostrate the world he could sing too. They met with Earth Wind & Fire Larry Dunn & Verdine White and the result is an absolutely stunning pop-funk wonder. If "Living it up" was the most successful track (and one of their classics in time) I would certainly not forget "Micro-kid" that could have been a monstrous single (maybe with a remix). But the substance here is far more than that. Just listen to my actual overall
favourite Level 42 track, the dreaming "Out of sight out of mind", or the infectiously dancy "Dance on heavy weather", the atmospheres of "I want eyes", or even the fine melodies of the beautifully sung "People" by Mike Lindup. And what suprises me is the freshness of this music, I think really it's ahead of its time. I cannot recommend this album more. For musicians, for Level 42 aficionados, for all music lovers in the world. Just buy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
42 at their level best!!!! 3 Jun 2001
By GREGG ALLEN MORRIS - Published on Amazon.com
all i can say is that this is a key 80's pop album with all the intelligent strings attached. if you are a 42 fan....buy this as soon as you can.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't shadow the genius(s) 14 Sep 2000
By Philip MURRAY - Published on Amazon.com
Recently, at a party, I was asked a strange question: "Phil, if you were sent to a desserted island and had no contact with the rest of the world and had to live out the rest of your days, and you could only take 5 albums with you, what would they be?" My answer included Level 42's 1983 classic, "Standing in the Light" as one of those 5.....This album was the third offering from the former carpet cutters and it did not disappoint! All 9 tracks each have a unique sound which are complemented by not only Mark King's incredible bass playing, but by his masterful percussion.....some songs even included the sound of milk bottles. Mike Lindup (Keyboards and backing vocals), like on all Level 42 albums, chimes in with a lead vocal effort on one of the tracks, "People", but the two best on the album are, "Out of Sight, out of Mind" and "I Want Eyes"........beattiful sounds and, as always, lyrics that create a real visual clarity so rich that you loose concept of the "here" and "now" and are taken to another level of being. Mark, Mike, Phil and Boon, I salute you!!! Phil MURRAY
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great fusion 7 Aug 2000
By Leonardo Martinez - Published on Amazon.com
Level 42's "Standing in the light" is the perfect blend of jazz, pop, and funk.
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