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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0000071KS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steven Roberts on 22 April 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
They're a bit of a hit and miss affair, these Deluxe Editions. When Universal get it right - as they did, for example, with the Who Live At Leeds - the extra material truly serves to enhance the original release. When they get it wrong - as is the case with this album - it feels as if they have cobbled together anything they happen to have gathering dust in the vaults.

I remembering listening to (and taping - think I still have it somewhere) the 1986 Hamersmith Odeon gig on Radio 1. A great, contemporaneous show. So why only use three songs from the concert? Why not the entire show, or at least as much as the BBC recorded? Worse yet, why use live tracks from 2000 and 2003, with completely different line-ups to the band that appeared on the studio album?

The remixes, too, are a slapdash affair. Out goes the Sisa Mix of Something About You - surely Level 42's finest 12" moment - and in comes a completely redundant 'Phunk Investigation Club Mix' of World Machine, which is not even CREDITED to Level 42 - it's actually listed as being performed by 'Electrokingdom featuring Mark King'.

Sadly, it's a mess. Propsective buyers are advised instead to track down the 2 for 1 package of this item from a few years earlier, which paired this album with the previous year's True Colours. And you'll get better remixes, too.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is quite simply the most under-rated album of the last 20 years. Every time I listen, it brings back great memories of when I grew up as a kid in the 80s. Every track is so funky - a brilliantly polished collection of songs with superb bass-lines and great vocals, combined with some groovy use of the saxophone. A lot of the songs have a fast jazzy rhythm which could almost make this a 'dance-funk' album.
Why Level 42's 'World Machine' has never got any recognition (apart from one of the singles which was released) is just beyond me. It may be quite old now, but it still has this great feeling of freshness and energy that just won't go away. The songs have a very futuristic, 'ahead-of-their-time' feel to them. A really cool & funky album, I love it :-)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the second greatest album I ever owned! My grandmother (1921-2001) loved Level 42 and bought me this album for Easter in 1992 and I never go without reference to it I love passing this record on to others and they love to listen to it as well. Physical Presence is one of the best songs and leaving me now rules!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Haire on 21 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
Level 42 haven't produced a duff album and whilst all their albums are brilliant, my view is this is the best one ever with their usual mixture of soulful and funky tunes with the wonderful track "Leaving me now" with its fantastic piano riffs being my favourite. An album I would put in my top ten.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I AM on 27 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
The original 'World Machine' album is second to none, but this 2nd re-release is just pointless. The previous reviewer nailed it for me - what's the point of just re-releasing another version of the 'World Machine' album - when it was already remastered in its entirety 8 or so years ago as part of the double package with 'True Colours'?

Its hardly a 'Deluxe Edition' - thats a bit mis-leading. Fair enough, the record label have added a few previously unavailable live tracks from '86 ("World Machine", "Something About You" & "Leaving Me Now") - which are awesome! - and also an interesting backwards mix of "Coup D'Etat", but thats pretty much it. (I'm sure that this mix has been available previously on CD - while the Shep Pettibone mix of "Something About You' definitely has...) And a new booklet with extra info/pictures etc - fair enough.

But the biggest let down are the final 5 live tracks; those who are expecting them to be live intepretations from the same line-up who recorded them, as are the 3 already mentioned, will be disappointed. Instead, they're all culminated from post-millenium recordings of the newer Level 42 band assembled by Mark King in recent years, which, in theory, (despite them being excellent musicians in their own right) might as well be any band performing them, or just Mark King and his solo band (which they essentially are) - as its simply NOT the same band from the original 'World Machine' album, thus rendering them totally irrelevant and only marginally related to this edition. The same can be said for all the other recent live tracks of re-released classic Level 42 albums.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By edd101 on 29 Oct 2005
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I would rate this album as one of the best that came from the 80's regardless of who was hogging the no1 spot on the gallop charts. I have a copy of Level Best and believe it or not 'World Machine' eats it for breakfast.
Level 42 weren't my favorite band that came from the time period but a fab album needs credit and this is a fab album.
My favorite tracks include 'It's not the same for us', 'Physical Presence', 'World machine', (the wonderfully written) 'Leaving me now' and argueabaly their best release ever 'Something about you'.
Forget Level Best and the tracks that I cringe at, 'Tracy' and 'Running in the family', go for a masterpiece in the form of 'World Machine'.
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