Described, by an Amazon.com reviewer, as being one of the great, lost jazz fusion albums. (Or something very similar.) Frankly, that assessment is not too unreasonable, as "Level One" is a truly thrilling release from Larry Coryell/Eleventh House. The sleeve is desperately dated, and poor Mike Mandel has to be one of THE most unphotogenic of musicians, but the musical content of this album is utterly magnificent. To be honest, i have not played my LP copy in years. I keep hoping that this album becomes available in compact disc form, but despair of that ever happening.
A significant improvement on the very worthwhile debut release, this album has a somewhat harder edge to it than the smoother "Aspects". To my mind, it is simply incomprehensible why this great album is not available as a cd.
PS. Fantastic news, as of 18/12/2012......... this is currently available as an import!!! The price, unbelievably, is none too exaggerated. Just ordered my copy, while it remains on offer.
These guys are alongside Weather Rport, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, they are vastly more subtle than Retrun for Ever. This is one of their beat. The pace varies and the guitar tone does not grate . If you like the Weater Report funk like Sweet Nighter try this.