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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00004UZ1E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Level 42 - Guaranteed (1991)

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Ill come clean here - I'm a Level 42 fan and a fan mainly of their early work. I first bought "Pursuit of Accidents" and quickly backed that up with "Level 42" and "The Early Tapes" and was pretty happy with those and a rather too big collection of 12" singles and the like.

At a recent gig, Level 42 played Guaranteed and it got me thinking as I had always liked the track and wondered if there were other tracks on the album I'd like. Well - there are, and its a lovely album of interesting work and excellent playing. The Gould brothers were not involved with this album but Willy B and the new band members provide a different perspective or Mark King to play off.

I sat down and played the album right through and put it on again. Guaranteed is a very good "radio track" but as one of the other reviewers said, the basic tunes are good enough that they ought to have more radio play.

Fans were they probably were not as slow as me on the uptake and for non fans, its worth owning and enjoying a different take on Level 42, there are clear influences from outside "jazz - funk" - indeed one reviewer suggested an almost country tone on "My fathers shoes".
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Being a Level 42 fan, this was one of the albums that I didn't have...until recently. Boy, how I wish I had purchased this when it came out over 25 years ago! Its brimming with great songs - good hooks, good melodies and of course, Mark King's great bass playing. It was released at a time, where people were losing interest. Shame, because it is up their with their best work.
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I bought most of their early albums in the 80's, although I'm not normally interested in popular music. Patently they were outstanding musicians & Mark King was sooo good.

Apart from seeing Mark King live in the 90's (great gig) I havent followed them since. However when looking on my favourite guitarists website (Allan Holdsworth) I saw that he played on this album. I HAD to get this.

Well, if you are a Level 42 fan I suspect that there is nothing new here. Good songs you can sing along to, good harmonies & great musicianship (Gary Husband is a brill. drummer & has worked a lot with AH.)

The bonus here is AH's guitar playing. It is beautiful & perfect for the songs. Unbelievable, to my knowledge its the closest he has been to commercial music. Fans of AH should get this, it is so different to any of his other work. I just wish he had collaborated more with musicians in a non-jazz setting.

If this album had been released when Level 42 were at the height of their popularity, I guess that the tunes would now be etched on radio 2 listeners memories as air-guitar to compete with Tony Paluso,s solo at the end of the Carpenters "Goodbye to love".
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By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2002
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Long gone are the days of brit funk.The former offerings delivered what the fans wanted.Namely the chugging train that is Mark king.Sadly we have entered level 42 in their metamorphoses stage.Shortly followed by the everdistateful forevernow.
For all its faults,guaranteed remains a moment in their history.
The use of fretless bass is very welcome.Mark shows his dexterity on this bass on two tracks.
Alan murphys sad departure is musically all too apparent.Gary husbands deft rythym is to be relished.
So not all bad just not really level42.
If you hanker for the old days steer clear,your collection will live another day.If, however you embrace all that is level 42 jump in .Theres a new sound and enough variety to entertain.
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Guaranteed is perhaps one of Level 42's most underrated albums. After the disappointing `Staring at the Sun' the group moved further away from the pop style that dominated their sound in the mid to late eighties and landed somewhere on the more accessible side of progressive rock. This was in no doubt thanks in part to Gary Husband's greater presence on the album and of course the outstanding guitarist Allan Holdsworth's contributions.

The quality of musicianship and song writing on this album is very high indeed and only the title track lets the album down, being something of a rehash of `Heaven in my Hands'.

Bass players and Mark King fans should note that this record sees our intrepid slapper making great use of a Wal midi bass, as well as a fretless and a five string bass, of particular note is the Husband penned track `If you were mine' which is worth the price of the CD alone.
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