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on 27 February 2009
Early Level 42 albums always seem to come as a bit of a surprise to those people who only know the band from stuff like Lessons In Love and other commnercial fodder.
The early stuff is much more my cup of tea, as it seems to demonstrate much more musical variety and much more in the way of serious musicianship.
The Pursuiit Of Accidenst is perhaps notable because it features level 42's first really big hit; The Chinese Way. I think this was top 20 or top 30.
Two other singles were released but were not as successful which in many ways is something as a shame. I think Weave Your Spell and Are You Hearing were not the best choices as single releases but as album tracks they work fine, and complement the other offerings.
The whole album has a fantastic feel due to the amazing rhythm tracks going on under the beat as played well by Phil Gould , and also the bass played by Mr King sounds fantastic; very deep, and very funky.
The sound mixing on this album is exactly right for level 42 and would never be as good again.
The keyboards are good with warm fender tones, and although dated in places, they suit the material well. Mike Lindups vocals are just right and open the album.
Boon the guitarist surfaces a bit more here too.
This album is the last to feature the established level 42 instrumentals which meander in Stanley Clarkesque directions and are just fantastic, and something that i was sad that level 42 left behind. (There are many more that were put onto B-sides and can be found on the special double Cd releases.)
The Pursuit of Accidents title track is great and i was lucky enough to see level 42 perform this last year live.
best track on the album? Eyes waterfalling which manages to be thoghtful, eerie, and amazingly funky at the same time.
each level 42 album has its own distinct identity; no two sound the same and this particular one is top notch.
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on 30 September 2008
Quite simply one of Level 42's best albums. A thumping beat with massive bass and hearing fantastic musician's at the peak of their musical genius. Sit back and let the music absorb you.
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on 22 February 2011
just updating my vinyl collection...love level 42, then you should have this already...sweet memories of the top rank suite in brighton.
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on 24 May 2013
my goodness,what can i say....i love the group,and had this cd as an album back in the early 80's. it arrived in perfect condition and played all the songs without a blip. would recommend this seller positively....
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on 9 October 2015
Took me back to my mid-twenties and was dancing around the kitchen in no time! Absolutely brilliant album!
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on 27 July 2014
great album stands up well nearly 30 years on
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on 25 April 2015
Some tracks very good others are ok
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on 5 April 2010
Re-released in 2007, this is an excellent early album and features 5 bonus tracks which were recorded live, 3 previously unreleased.
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on 11 April 2015
again i just want to say this level 42 alb is just full of the greatest songs i myself have ever listened to. ive followed them since the 80s and never looked back since. god bless. mark king for his inspirational flavour of music ....
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on 23 December 2015
Ace!
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