CD The Definitive Collection [Level 42] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 860471),
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The Definitive Collection [Level 42] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Lessons in Love
    2. Sun Goes Down, The (Living It Up)
    3. Heaven in My Hands
    4. Something About You
    5. Hot Water
    6. Chinese Way, The
    7. Leaving Me Now
    8. Running in the Family
    9. To Be with You Again
    10. Tracie
    11. It's Over
    12. Micro Kid
    13. Children Say
    14. Love Games
    15. Turn It On
    16. Starchild
    17. Take a Look
    18. Take Care of Yourself
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9859043

  • Credits
    ProducerGregg Jackman; Julian Mendelsohn; Level 42; Mike Vernon; Verdine White; Wally Badarou

    Liner Note Author: Daryl Easlea.
    The Definitive Collection is a strange choice for a greatest-hits package, unless it is simply designed to get a generation who has never known Level 42's music to appreciate the funky basslines and really good melodies that the band regularly turned out during the 1980s. After all, at the end of their career on the Polydor label, they released Level Best, a hits compilation that included most of their singles, especially from their peak period of 1985-1987. Then they signed to RCA, hopefully to achieve a new lease of life in the 1990s, and although they did have another couple of Top Ten albums, Guaranteed and Forever Now, the big and memorable hit singles were long behind them. Polydor then issued a couple of hits packages, The Very Best of Level 42 in 1998 and The Ultimate Collection in 2002, and although neither performed particularly well, both were almost complete documents of the band, especially the 2002 compilation, which contained 29 tracks on a double album beginning with their very first hit in 1980, "Love Meeting Love," and even including the best of their RCA years. And then in June 2006, The Definitive Collection was released: 18 tracks, nothing from RCA, and missing five tracks from their first 12 hits. As an introduction to the band, this compilation is good enough, including all the big hits from the mid-'80s, but for anybody who wants to do a little searching -- and in the days of the Internet, that isn't difficult -- both Level Best and The Ultimate Collection are more complete and of considerably better value. ~ Sharon Mawer

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