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Running In The Family

Running In The Family

1 Mar 1987
4.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar. 1987
  • Release Date: 10 Feb. 2014
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 49:05
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  • ASIN: B009HL9PTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,183 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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By Mo VINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Though perhaps not the most cherished by many die-hard Level 42 fans, RITF, nonetheless, remains an important node in the band's career for two reasons: it took them right to the peak of their commercial success, and it was the last album to feature all original members.

Twenty-five years on many might think this wouldn't age well as it is entrenched in 80s appeal, but, seriously, it's still a high calibre pop album today as it was back then; when I picked up a cassette version of this as a child!

So, why should you cough up for the super-deluxe edition? Well, the album has to have some sort of meaning to you to want to part the cash, but you do get decent goodies in the silver box...

First, there is the 2012 remaster of RITF itself (inc. the non-vinyl Freedom Someday) with a couple of related single remixes. The sound quality compared to the original is improved (listened to through some great headphones) as you can hear subtle things not in the original; Phil Gould's hi-hats sound very shiny. Compared to say, the RITF song remasters on The Definitive Collection, there is less obvious or perhaps no brick-walling; I can't really tell if it's non-existent, but the songs are (positively) quieter and need to be turned up quite a bit compared to on that hits collection. For example, I find the chorus piano to be a bit distorted on It's Over from TDC, but not on this remaster; so overall it's a better remastering job than with previous Level 42 re-touchings.
I like the colourful Shep Pettibone remix of Lessons In Love but don't think much of the stodgy Dave 'O' remix of Running In The Family. The It's Over remix just features very audible slide guitar.
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I was a bit surprised at the other reveiw here, stating that this was Level 42 at their best.

I disagree. Its certainly Level 42 at their most succesful, and at their peak of their fame, but in reality, Running In The Family, was a concerted effort to build on what had gone before and commercialise it in order to crank out as many hit singles as possible.

Level 42 had acheived limited single chart success from their first album, and had had at least one top thirty hit from each successive album, but it wasn't until Something About You, Leaving me Now and the excellent World Machine album that contained them, that top ten hits came.

'Family' was a result of that success, where the sound of Something About You was deliberately used as a basis for an all out assault on the charts in order to push Level 42 to higher popularity, probably driven by record company impetus.

It worked.

Five big hit singles, but the result?

The band split up the year after, when Phil and Boon couldn't stand the new high profile and bailed out.

Level 42 were never the same again; the sound changed with next years Staring At The Sun, and went on to change in future years, with the rather patchy Guaranteed.

Running In The Family contains some formulaic pop then, but done in a Level 42 kind of way, which makes it listenable. It doesn't match their earlier work in terms of musicianship, as the players are 'doing their pop thing' and they are clearly not being stretched.

Mark King's bass is hardly heard, almost no slaps etc. There is more guitar work from Boon than before which is great, butthe result is a polished slice of pop, no more, no less.
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Being a big fan of Level 42 and asking my parents for this album on cassette way back in May 1987 i was really hoping that the 25th anniversary issue with this being the poorer relation to the Super Deluxe version would have been worth purchasing.

Myself and most other fans of the band already own RITF (Platinum Edition) and the Polydor RITF remaster from 2000 which just repeats itself here. So what do we get, the original nine track album still ending with Freedom Someday instead of The Sleepwalkers as per the original cassette and first cd versions (personal preference). Acoustic renterpretations of the album tracks (always a bit hit & miss) and live tracks which are just a direct audio rip from the Live At Wembley 1986 dvd.

Here's personally how i would have prefered this cd to look, Edsel Records take note!

CD 1 (Original Album)

Lessons In Love
Children Say
Running In The Family
It's Over
Freedom Someday
To Be With You Again
Two Solitudes
Fashion Fever
The Sleepwalkers

CD 2 (Remixes & rarites)

Lessons In Love (Extended Version)
Lessons In Love (Shep Pettibone Remix)
Lessons In Love (Dub Mix)(Shep's Final Mix)
Children Say (Remix)
Children Say (Extended Remix)
Children Say (Slap Bass Mix)
Running In The Family (Dave `O' Remix)
Running In The Family (HTL Dub)
It's Over (Extended Remix)
To Be With You Again (7 Inch Mix)
To Be With You Again (A.D.S.C. Mix)
To Be With You Again (Dub Mix)

So to sum up, yet another missed opportunity by the compilers and record company and i for one won't be parting with my cash just for a flashy slipcase and booklet with unseen photos. But i'm off to see the band this month who are always great live and celebrate RITF 25 years.
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