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Level 42

Live At London's Town & Country Club DVD

Review by Gary Hill

This 1992 concert really shows the amount of talent encompassed by the act called “Level 42.” Their brand of soulful, jazzy funky pop music was sort of an exception of the 1980s. A lot of the music coming out in that era was bereft or real talent or creativity. That was definitely not true of this band. This concert runs through songs from various periods of their career. Although the entire band puts in a remarkable performance, for my money, Mark King is the star of the show. Of course, I am a bass player, so perhaps that gives me a special insight into what he’s doing. He’s an amazing bassist and even more impressive, he manages to sing while playing those killer bass lines. That’s remarkable. The only real problem with this thing is that, while the video and audio are good, they are not up to modern HD standards. Of course, that’s the nature of the beast on a live video from 1992. The main issue with the video is that it tends towards being a little dark and grainy. That doesn’t really detract much from a killer live video, though.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 
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