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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
Bought this again (i had original), as the new one had some b-sides and rarities. I love the Levellers and this CD with extra songs is exactly what I wanted, a great collection of songs, to stir up emotions and have you singing and foot tapping away to.....
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 December 2003
Formed in Brighton in 1988, the band took their name from a radical grouping involved in the English Civil War. The original Levellers advocated republican politics and the freedom of worship. The band's music would be best described as a mixture of folk, rock and punk, with their lyrics displaying a keen social conscience. Probably as a result of this, they're commonly seen as the leading lights in the ‘crustie movement’ - and have been dismissed by many solely on the basis of this image.
Recorded in 1993, mostly at the Real World studio, this is the band's third album. Only one of the songs on the album - "Dirty Davey" - wasn't written by the band themselves. It was originally written and performed by another Brighton band called "McDermott's Two Hours". Two of my favourite tracks on the album - "This Garden" and "Julie" - were released as singles. "Julie" leans towards the folk side of things, largely acoustic and featuring the pipes and fiddle. "This Garden" again features the acoustic guitar and fiddle, but the didgeridoo and 'spoken' lyrics add a touch of urgency. The single was a top 20 hit in the UK and throughout Europe.
The album gets off to a great start, as the opening four tracks are excellent tunes. "Warning" and "100 Years of Solitude" are up-tempo tunes, with thumping bass-lines, punchy guitar playing and a violin that virtually growls at times. "The Likes of You and I" and "Is This Art" are a little more acoustic and laid back - like "Julie", they show's the band's folky influences coming to the fore.
Overall, I think this to be a very good album – it starts with at a high level with "Warning" and doesn’t dip. If you think you like the sound of a slighty more mainstream Pogues singing the songs of Billy Bragg, then I’d reckon you’ll like this album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2000
This cd was released as an answer to the "Criminal Justice Bill", whose original controversy is now almost forgotten. Listening to this angry, but still poetic music, will tell you why so many got worked about it all- the furious Irish sound of Dirty Davy, with its refrain "Corrupt corrupt from bottom to top and they tell you it's the law", a rant against the horrors of modern science in "Is this art?" and many songs which express their anger at the helplessness of the modern citizen in 90's britain. The haunting "Julie" with its anthemic bagpipe end portrays the melancholy and loneliness of modern life. And yet, the Levellers gift is that despite the rage and depression which is often contained in their songs, still the awareness of beauty, love and the joy which also exists in life conmes across. That what makes them so damn good!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2013
I have given this product 5 stars because this is a great Levellers CD. It has some really great tracks on it. I would highly recommend this product. Thank you.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2001
The third outing from one of Britain's top groups of the 90s proved to be their best. Although Zeitgeist & Levelling the Land were more commercially successful, this self-titled CD contains some of their best work. The only average track happens to be their highest placed single from the album (This Garden). '100 years of solitude' and 'Broken circles' are stand-out tracks, and unlike other modern bands, The Levellers tackle all kinds of contemporary issues with their music. The judicial system in 'Dirty Davey', Eastern European poverty in 'Belaruse' and the pitfalls of modern society are judged in 'is this art?'. These songs are some of the most eye-opening ever written and if you like your music to have meaning, you cannot do without this CD. The style taken by Levellers on this album is at worst uplifting and you can't help but be inspired by the opening track 'Warning'. 'Julie' is a powerful poignant story, and encapsulates the album as a whole. NOT TO BE MISSED.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2000
Levellers was the album that the band had the hard task of releasssing after leevelling the land. Released after a gruelling tour the tiredness of the band sometimes shows through. Nevertheless, many use this album as a starting point to define what the 'levellers' sound is. Tracks like julie and likes of you and I stand out. This is in many ways their most intimate album, thought the band themselves dislike it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2006
Writing this review about 14 years after the release of the album gives me an opportunity to look at it in retrospect. In many ways this record was the last truly punk-rock album that the Levellers made. It shows the band in edgy, aggressive and occasionally dark, haunted mood and has a coherent theme of paranoia and oppression.

There's absolutely no doubting the quality of some of the songs here; "100 Years of Solitude" is (in my opinion) the best song the Levellers ever made - a spikey punk-rock shout-along with a haunting but simple violin line and lyrics which spell out how society was drifting away from what's really important. "Warning" completely captures the feel of being at a summer festival or gathering along with the anticipation that any second the police might charge and carry you off. "Julie" is possibly the most moving song in the Levellers' arsenal as they go into acoustic folk-ballad mode, telling the story of one girl who seems doomed from day one. Just a few of the highlights to be found on this record!

So why not full marks? Unfortunately, the sound engineering is not up to scratch, robbing the record of some of its impact. Mark Chadwick's vocals are distinctly muffled on many of the tracks and, although this works on melancholy tracks like "Julie" and "The Likes of You and I", it reduces the raw immediacy of the more rock-based tracks. In addition, the album is quite short, containing only ten tracks, of which a couple (notably "the Player" and "This Garden") feel a little like filler material.

On the whole, I would recommend this record - there are a selection of fantastic songs here and a couple that your record collection really can't live without.
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on 17 November 2015
Good purchase
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on 20 November 2015
very pleased
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2013
Another CD that seemed to go missing from my collection that I just had to get again as it wasn't enough just having it on my MP3. Classic Levellers, one of their best!
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