Classic Levellers, excellently remastered and greatly expanded; a must-have for fans old and new,
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This review is from: Levelling The Land (Remastered) (Audio CD)
This reissue of Levelling The Land has been excellently remastered and considerably expanded, with extra studio tracks and the set played at Glastonbury in 1992. It's a top-quality, top-class version of what is perhaps The Levellers on the very top of their game and I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans old and new.
My vinyl version of Levelling The Land, bought when it first came out, has seen better days and rather than endure the cracks and pops of a much loved record any more, I bought this CD to replace it. Not only did I get all the tracks on the vinyl version, I got a number of extra studio tracks and an excellent live set too. In addition to the tracks labelled as 'extra' on the first disc, the track 'Fifteen Years' is also included (it wasn't on my vinyl version). And the original album is classic Levellers; railing against the injustices of society, highlighting the lives of the downtrodden and - some of my absolute favourites - celebrating not just an alternative lifestyle but life in general. Angry and uplifting in turn, it is The Levellers at the very peak of their powers. The remastering process has been done very well, subtly enhancing what was good to start with; a little like taking a gold ring to the jewellers to get it polished, it hasn't been changed but it now shines still more brightly.
As is the set from Glastonbury 1992 on the second CD, which will appeal not just to anyone that's seen them live but also many that haven't. Give the CD a spin, close your eyes, listen and imagine you're there; it isn't difficult. Listen too for the slight change to the lyrics of The Boatman and the ending of Liberty Song.
The presentation of the CD is extremely good too, taking all that was familiar from the vinyl version and adding to it with some press cuttings that reveal just how unfashionable a band they once were and a booklet that relates the reaction of one of the band members to a bad review in the NME.
If you're a Levellers fan and don't own this already, you really should. I can't recommend it highly enough.