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on 9 April 2017
great item. great store.
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VINE VOICEon 18 September 2009
Essentially this album takes you chronologically through the bands history from the early raw Brit funk grooves of Starchild, Love Games and Love Meeting love. Then onto the world domination phase with songs like Chinese Way and Sun Goes down. Then followed by the chart peaks and commercial success of Something about you (for me World Machine was their high point album), Children Say and Lessons in Love and through the latter changes of sound and line up after founding members departed, illustrated by Heaven in my Hands, Guaranteed and Forever now.

This release is by far Level 42's best compilation release. Two CD's of mostly top quality songs, and not just the same old 7" or radio edit versions either, this album does the job properly with full length album versions of the tracks in their original form which really do sound great here.

Special mention must be made for whoever re-mastered the tracks. It shows what can be done when a bit of care is taken. In particular the earlier tracks have honestly never sounded as good on any previous release.

However despite the positives, describing this as a box set or an `ultimate' collection is perhaps stretching it a bit far. For example, the sublime Dune tune, the raw Mr Pink or Love in a peaceful world (which was their final single before previously calling it a day in the 90's) are not featured here, and I would have preferred their inclusion instead of two Mark King solo tracks at the end of CD2 (including a cover version?), especially as this is supposed to be a level 42 collection, not a Mark King album.

Minor gripes aside, this collection serves as very well re-mastered compilation that will sound great whatever you play it on, and you will enjoy listening to. Overall, recommended for the fan or newcomer.
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on 20 December 2011
Level 42
The Ultimate Collection
(Polydor 2002)

Spanning two decades from the Early Tapes to Forever Now , this brilliant 2CD goes a long way in improving upon any other Level 42 compilation, wisely replacing the less-effective single cuts with the original album versions of the most important and most loved hits. On CD 1 listeners are presented with a generous selection of tracks from the band's five earliest LP's before they exploded onto the world stage with the aptly-named World Machine in 1985 (arguably their most impressive album). CD 2 continues the journey through the fantastic singles from Running In The Family , the ups and downs of Staring At The Sun and rounding off the chronology with just two songs from Guaranteed and only the title track from Forever Now.

Included are two interesting but inessential bonus Mark King solo tracks (one, a cover of Cream's "I Feel Free"). Also available with a DVD.
CD Rating *****
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on 23 November 2002
Level 42 were among the bands that made a huge success in the 80s and 90s, like Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Alphaville, A-ha, Camouflage, and so on. This double CD is packed with all their hits, digitally remastered with 32 bit for a higher sound quality. "Something About You", "Leaving Me Now", "Lessons In Love", "Running In The Family", "To Be With You Again" are among my favorites. Buy this CD if you are Level 42 or 80's synth pop/new wave fan.
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on 22 November 2002
Level 42 were perhaps the 1980's music scene incarnate, their music synonymous with trendy young executives/wannabe boy racers cruising the boulevards of Milton Keynes and Brentwood in their Escort XR3i's complete with furry dice, 'Kev & Shaz' windscreen banners and taped copies of the Lev's 'World Machine' album pounding on their Goodman's car stereos.
The Ultimate Collection is seemingly just that, the first truly complete and chronological correct retropective compilation of the Isle of Wight's finest son's wide body of work, certainly bettering the 'Level Best' and 'The Very Best of Level 42' collections of years past. That said, much of what follows 1985's World Machine singles are pretty much surplus to requirements (serving only as pleasant wine bar/elevator background music), aside from perhaps It's Over and Heaven In Your Hands. The CD also benefits from the inclusion of the best of the Levs earliest material from 1980-1981 which was not present on earlier collections,and thankfully there are no needless and annoying remixes. The gradual winding-down of the band after 1990 is pretty audible here, with no real standout tracks on offer towards the final third and thus it is essentially the first half of this collection which is ultimately more rewarding, with some brilliant jazz-funk numbers and the best of the pop singles up to 1985. In fact after 1989, much of their output was pretty dismal.
Buy this in combination with their superb live outing, 1984's 'A Physical Prescence', and this will be all you need.
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on 1 April 2003
Well being a modest 20 years of age, how could i possibly give a review when level 42 formed when i was twinkle in my mummies eye??
Well having stumbled across the "running in the family" album in the loft a few years back i decided to play it and i fell in love with the jazz, funkk, rock fusions made by this group. Its such a shame that there best selling album turned out to be the last of of the orignal quartet.
This albums displays the band talent to fuse different geners and make it sound quite good!!! (flying on the) wings of love has to be the song that gave the inspiration for the soundrack to the arcade classic "out run" (sega 86), Love games stamped Level 42 authority in music back in '81 and then rolled of track like, Starchild, The chinese way and miroc kid. then '84 was the year where i belive that they polished their best track to date, The "long" version of Hot Water. 2 more albums followed and the ever so meaningful to be with you again and its over were products of the multi platiumn album "running in the family" after that it was all a bit on and off, which ulimatly made the group dispand in '94. A shame but highly infulental band in the 80's and with a tour this year, let the good times roll!!!
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on 20 May 2015
As good as a compilation gets. Huge sound, though my Tannoy monitors did send it out a touch too harsh.Thats compared to a little easier to listen to moving coil German vinyl burn i did of these songs. Great in the car. Better remaster than the Very Best single disc, 4 years earlier by the same engineer. Full length versions including Running... which is listed as "single version".
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on 25 March 2004
I have recently got into Level 42 and now I just can't get enough of the boys from the Isle Of Wight. The boys fusion of jazz and funk has paved the way for exciting, toe-tapping instrumental and vocal tracks.
This album captures all their greatest hits and more, the earlier tracks are just as good if not better than the more commercial tracks of their later days, a good example is Love Games.
The best tracks on the album are: Micro Kid, The Chinese Way (the busiest bass line ever!) Hot Water (Level 42 at their most funky and energetic), Something About You (their biggest hit), Lessons In Love, Running In The Family & Heaven In My Hands.
Each track is polished, extremely well produced and now much brighter and tighter thanks to the digital remastering of each track.
If you are a fan of them, don't hesitate to buy this album, and even if you're not, give it a try, you may become a convert, I certaintly have!
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on 6 June 2010

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on 12 July 2010
Great band from the 80's
Always loved Level 42. A really successful in its time. Was good to get ALL the hits on one 1 double CD.
You get a lots of tracks that you wouldn't hear on other albums.
Good old memorabiltity
Throughly enjoyed this CD. Well used.
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