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  • Audio CD (22 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Active Distribution Ltd
  • ASIN: B00081EPY8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Dance On Heavy Weather 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. Love Games 8:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Sandstorm 6:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Micro Kid 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. 43 8:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Eyes Waterfalling 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Starchild 6:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Sun Goes Down 5:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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15. Are You Hearing 9:45£0.99  Buy MP3 

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colonel on 26 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
With the plethora of 'best of' collections coming out in recent years and no sign of any new material from MK, the new, or even the old reformed L42, this is a timely reminder of why the band were such an underground hit in the early to mid 80s.
Recorded live in 1983, the musicianship stands out, as always, even if the singing at times, does not!
Some classics here including Heathrow, 43, I Want Eyes, and 88 far outweigh the weaker efforts (Dance on Heavy Weather, Out of Sight etc)
This album will add well to any L42 fans collection, as well as being a fine introduction to the back catalogue for those whose understanding of L42 is confined to the mega successful Running in the Family and World Machine.
Well worth a tenner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zuzupants on 29 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent double-disc set for the price - a complete concert recorded in 1983 for radio, the sound quality is great. I had my doubts, thinking it might be a cheaply produced, badly-recorded affair. Instead, you get the band at their musical best, and like the previous review mentioned..a couple of bums vocal notes.

But given the energy of their shows back then, it's to be expected and doesn't take away from the performance - in fact, it's nice to hear the band completely live with no studio fixups.

Well worth the price and a great setlist to boot!
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Well this is awesome. I have been a fan since 83 and this brings back memories of the early gigs. First of all the audio quality is excellent, on a par with the Physical Presence album. And to hear all those early favourites live is a nostalgia trip. This album is a reminder of how tight the original line-up was and of why Level 42 are still going strong 30 years on. Yeah the vocals weren't too hot back then but that doesn't matter as there is so much energy in the performances and the musicianship is superb. This is an essential item for all fans and collectors and a good insight into the bands roots for any potential new fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For Level 42 Completists Only 18 Nov. 2005
By William Greer Jr. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sadly, this recording was a dissappointment to me. "A Physical Presence", their other live set from the same general time period, is vastly superior in perhaps every way other than song selection. The playing and recording qualities are both much better on APP ("River Sessions" sounds like a board recording). It comes as no surprise to me that this recording sat around for 20 years before someone released it.

If you really dig Level 42 (as I do), you'll want this to round out your collection. And, to be fair, there are live takes of a few tracks on here that can't be found live anywhere else. But it won't win any new fans for Level 42, and Physical Presence will, even this much later.
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Absolutely Essential Must-Have Concert Album for Level 42 Connoisseurs 23 Oct. 2005
By Yaghanen Soul - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're one of the unlucky fans like me who never got to hear Level 42 live in concert, this album is manna from Heaven. The true Level 42 fan knows that their GOOD stuff (before the hit "Something About You") is their one-take-style unpolished improvisational jamming. Even when they make mistakes in the singing or playing (and you know they will), it doesn't matter 'cause these boys are just so talented they can get away with anything. Once Mark "Thunderthumbs" King starts fluttering and slapping off that bass and the groove locks in, it's all good. You're in for a twisting, turning ride of sound.

The River Sessions, a live concert in a 2-CD set, is just that- unpredictable and fun. Most of these numbers are really effective live, like the danceable "Turn It On" with its infectious downbeat, or the rolling, groovy "Sandstorm" that really shows the tight chemistry between Mark and the amazingly perfect Phillip Gould on drums. Boon Gould's guitar takes more of a lead in this set, which is good news for me because on the albums he's usually mixed so far into the background that I can't even hear him. In the opening number "Heathrow," his clean, high-energy guitar and Mike Lindup's bouncy, jazzy keyboarding set the mood right, although slightly reminiscent of the David Letterman Show opening theme. Songs like "Love Games" and "Sandstorm" feature Mark's unthinkably fast, head-spinning bass solos delicately accented by Mike's atmospheric keys, stirring the crowd into a whistling, screaming frenzy (and I love being able to finally sit in and feel all this!) with Mark sometimes showing off his scatting ability or fishing for crowd response from time to time ("I said you're on the radio!...Thank you for buying this!"). Other songs like the popular "Eyes Waterfalling" or "Dance On Heavy Weather" play just like they did on the album without a lot of improv or embellishment. Still the Level 42 sound is strong and engaging the whole way through.

Most of this album features the non-stop galloping bass but the more mellow songs like "I Want Eyes" and "Micro Kid" give you a nice little breather between the busy controlled chaos of the faster tunes.

Speaking of chaos, feedback squeaks and rings annoyingly through "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," normally a serious song. Poor Mark even loses track of the lyrics and seems to drown in the vocoder effects during the chorus but it's okay because this is a LIVE ALBUM! It's all part of the fun.

I was so happy to find this in the "fusion" section (of all places) of my favorite Tokyo CD shop. The River Sessions is one of those Level 42 albums that stays in my CD player for weeks at a time. If I have one complaint, it's that the 2nd CD only has 4 songs, including the closing number "Are You Hearing." I wish it was a longer set. But until Level 42 decides to get back together (and I mean Mark, Mike, Boon and Phil TOGETHER), this is the closest I have to a full live concert of theirs. It's my most treasured Level 42 album. Thank you, Radio Clyde, for recording this. Thank you, River Records, for releasing this gem! Arigato! (But Mark, Mike, Boon and Phil, this album may rock but it doesn't let you guys off the hook. At least kindly consider just doing one tiny little tour in Japan...please?) -RKG.

Track List:

Disc 1
1. Heathrow
2. Dance on Heavy Weather
3. Turn It On
4. Love Games
5. I Want Eyes
6. Sandstorm
7. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
8. Micro Kid
9. 43
10. Eyes Waterfalling
11. Starchild

Disc 2
1. The Sun Goes Down
2. The Chinese Way
3. 88
4. Are You Hearing
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