World Machine [2 CD]

World Machine [2 CD]

by Level 42
     
 

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Level 42 was one of Britain's most successful bands by the time World Machine was released in 1986, but U.S. success was elusive. But that changed with the engaging single "Something About You," which became a Top Ten hit in America and sent this album soaring into the Top 20. World Machine pushes their newfound radio-friendly sound into the forefront,

Overview

Level 42 was one of Britain's most successful bands by the time World Machine was released in 1986, but U.S. success was elusive. But that changed with the engaging single "Something About You," which became a Top Ten hit in America and sent this album soaring into the Top 20. World Machine pushes their newfound radio-friendly sound into the forefront, and the result is one of the finest pop albums of the mid-'80s. "Something About You" exemplifies Level 42's sound at the peak of its success. Bassist Mark King's vocals, while limited in range, are soulful and yearning, while keyboardist Mike Lindup's complimentary falsetto backing vocals add just the right ingredient to the mix. Given the group's original guise as an all-instrumental jazz combo, the musicianship is brilliant, and "Something About You" proves how good a song can sound coming from the radio. Unlike most albums that contain one strong single surrounded by duds, World Machine has more than its share of fine tunes. The jazzy, upbeat title track is one of the band's finest moments, the should've-been-a-hit "Leaving Me Now" is an effective ballad, and the midtempo "Good Man in a Storm" is catchy and thought-provoking. While not perfect -- "Physical Presence" drags, and "It's Not the Same for Us" is a bit too cutesy for its own good -- World Machine is the most successful album in Level 42's career, both in terms of sales and quality. [A two-CD edition was released in 2007, including several bonus selections.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0602498435434
catalogNumber:
9843543

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Level 42   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Vocals,Synclavier
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Phil Gould   Drums
Mike Lindup   Keyboards,Vocals
45 King   Bass,Vocals,Interviewee
Nathan King   Guitar,Vocals
Gary Husband   Drums

Technical Credits

Wally Badarou   Composer,Producer
Level 42   Producer
Pete Dauncey   Producer
Mike Lindup   Composer
Julian Mendelsohn   Engineer
Paul Nickson   Engineer
Alwyn Clayden   Art Direction
Red Ranch   Original Sleeve Design
R. Bacci   Executive Producer
DJ Mark King   Composer
Rowland Gould   Composer
Philip Gould   Composer

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