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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and energetic brilliance!, 12 Dec 1999
If you like Level 42's music and really enjoy the bass playing of Mark King, then this is a must buy CD. Mark Kings Bass playing and that of the rest of the band is superb, Level 42 probably at their most funkiest era. This album includes their first ever single, that launched their careers, Love mmeting love. Make sure you buy this album! Superb!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Britfunk album, 31 May 2000
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Mr. A. C. Gilbert "thegilb" (Chatel sur Rolle, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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At last! The greatest British jazz-funk band's best album is out on cd! This disc is a must for those of you who like melodious, funky, cutting-edge jazz with a British feel. It may be years old but still retains a freshness, with none of the commercialism that tainted the band's later efforts.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correct Tracklist, 19 Jan 2007
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Mr. J. F. Fernandez "Julian F" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Early Tapes (Audio CD)
The correct tracklist for this re-issue of The Early Tapes is:

1. Sandstorm

2. Love Meeting Love

3. Theme To Margaret

4. Autumn (Paradise Is Free)

5. Wings Of Love

6. Woman

7. Mr Pink

8. 88

9. Mr Pink (Live, Paris Theatre, London 1981) *

10. Sandstorm (Live, Paris Theatre, London 1981) *

11. 88 (Live, Paris Theatre, London 1981) *

12. Wings Of Love (US Mix)

13. Love Meeting Love (Live, Hammersmith Apollo 2003)

* Previously unreleased
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Level 42, 11 July 2013
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This review is from: The Early Tapes (Audio CD)
This is raw level 42 and sums up the spirit of the group at least in the early days. For me this is the best. Love meeting love is a song that resonates in my heart and reminds me of my first love and nicer times here in the UK. If you like level 42 you will love this album. I play this frequently when driving and it takes me back and feel good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal album, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Early Tapes (Audio CD)
I am a long term fan of L42, mainly of the earlier materials and also their vibrant live performances which is really where you get to feel the soul of the band and their genius.

This album is an excellent place to start just to see what L42 stood for when they started out. The mix of (on the original 8 track album) of 6 vocal tracks and 2 instrumentals means this is one album that hardly aver leaves the selection in my car. The virtuoso performances are clear to hear and the driving percussive vibe moves the music forwards without being too "twee"

L42 tend to be a bit marmite, but as my drumming firend said, they are a muso band, I guess many of the average L42 audience play themselves. As for me, it takes me to a lovely place and is well worth the a buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars For die-hard fans!, 21 Jan 2010
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K. Davies "Kodes" (Hertfordshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Early Tapes (Audio CD)
Classic, early jazz funk (albeit mostly without a horn section) from the band who perhaps went on to be the most successful British exponents - in terms of eventual chart success anyway. It retains that raw, under-produced feeling that one would expect from a young bunch of musicians just starting out and reflects their instrumental origins with few lyricised tracks. The bonus tracks are mostly live recordings and from a band who have already published plenty of live material, I'm not sure what was the reason for including them. A must-have for the fans and for anyone into early jazz funk, but probably not for people looking for a collection of hits
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 22 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Early Tapes (Audio CD)
always a must for any level 42 collection - just updating my vinyl collection and wouldn't be without this one. love it.
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