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Level 42 / The Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984 / 10CD box set

Level 42 / The Polydor Years 1980-1984

10CD box set • Albums, B-sides, remixes and more

Early next year, Cherry Red will issue The Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984, a ten-CD Level 42 box set that brings together the first five albums alongside an extraordinary amount of bonus material.

This new package features the albums Level 42 (1981), The Early Tapes (1982), The Pursuit of Accidents (1982), Standing in the Light (1983) and True Colours (1984). But that’s only half the story because five further CDs offer a wealth of seven-inch remixes (some new to CD), B-sides, 12-inch mixes and bonus tracks including early performances at the Regal Theatre in Hitchin (in Hertfordshire, England).

The set has been compiled in conjunction with Level 42 and band experts Paul Wallace, Paul Waller and Simon Carson. Tony Dixon at Masterpeice Masters has handled the remastering process.

Daryl Easlea has spoken to band members current and past and provides sleeve notes for this set and the good news is there will be a ‘part two’ which will continue the Polydor story and cover when the band become commercially very successful.

The Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984 will be released on 26 March 2021 (was 26 February).

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CD 1: LEVEL 42

1. TURN IT ON
2. “43”
3. WHY ARE YOU LEAVING?
4. ALMOST THERE
5. HEATHROW
6. LOVE GAMES
7. DUNE TUNE
8. STARCHILD

CD 2:  THE EARLY TAPES

1. SANDSTORM
2. LOVE MEETING LOVE
3. THEME TO MARGARET
4. AUTUMN (PARADISE IS FREE)
5. WINGS OF LOVE
6. WOMAN
7. MR. PINK
8. 88

CD 3: THE PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS

1. WEAVE YOUR SPELL
2. THE PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS
3. LAST CHANCE
4. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)?
5. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS
6. EYES WATERFALLING (THE PRODIGY)
7. SHAPESHIFTER
8. THE CHINESE WAY

CD 4: STANDING IN THE LIGHT

1. MICRO KID
2. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP)
3. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND
4. DANCE ON HEAVY WEATHER
5. A PHARAOH’S DREAM (OF ENDLESS TIME)
6. STANDING IN THE LIGHT
7. I WANT EYES
8. PEOPLE
9. THE MACHINE STOPS

CD 5: TRUE COLOURS

1. THE CHANT HAS BEGUN
2. KANSAS CITY MILKMAN
3. SEVEN DAYS
4. HOT WATER
5. A FLOATING LIFE
6. TRUE BELIEVERS
7. MY HERO
8. KOUYATE
9. HOURS BY THE WINDOW

CD 6: 7” SINGLES

1. LOVE MEETING LOVE – (7″ VERSION) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
2. (FLYING ON THE) WINGS OF LOVE (U.S. MIX – 7″ EDIT)
3. LOVE GAMES (7″ VERSION)
4. TURN IT ON (7″ VERSION)
5. STARCHILD (7″ REMIX)
6. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)? (7″ VERSION)
7. WEAVE YOUR SPELL (7″ REMIX)
8. THE CHINESE WAY (7″ VERSION)
9. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND (7″ VERSION)
10. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP) (7″ VERSION)
11. MICRO KID (7″ VERSION)
12. HOT WATER (7″ VERSION)
13. THE CHANT HAS BEGUN (7″ EDIT)

CD 7: B SIDES

1. INSTRUMENTAL LOVE
2. FORTY-TWO
3. BEEZER ONE
4. FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE (PARTS 1 & 2)
5. THE RETURN OF THE HANDSOME RUGGED MAN
6. DUNE TUNE (LIVE)
7. LOVE GAMES (LIVE)
8. 88 (LIVE)
9. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS (REMIX – 7″ VERSION) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
10. CAN’T WALK YOU HOME (7″ VERSION)
11. CAN’T WALK YOU HOME
12. TURN IT ON (LIVE)
13. ALMOST THERE (EDITED VERSION)

CD 8: 12” SINGLES & RARITIES

1. (FLYING ON THE) WINGS OF LOVE (U.S. MIX – FULL LENGTH VERSION)
2. (FLYING ON THE) WINGS OF LOVE (REMIX ’81)
3. LOVE GAMES (FULL LENGTH VERSION)
4. TURN IT ON (FULL LENGTH VERSION)
5. STARCHILD (REMIX – LONG VERSION)
6. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)? – (EXTENDED VERSION)
7. WEAVE YOUR SPELL (EXTENDED VERSION)
8. THE CHINESE WAY (EXTENDED VERSION)
9. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND – (EXTENDED VERSION)
10. YOU CAN’T BLAME LOUIS (EXTENDED REMIX)
11. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP) (EXTENDED VERSION)

CD 9:  12” SINGLES

1. MICRO KID (EXTENDED VERSION) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
2. MICRO KID (I-LEVEL REMIX)
3. THE CHINESE WAY (NEW YORK REMIX)
4. THE CHINESE WAY (DUB)
5. HOT WATER (MASTERMIX)
6. STANDING IN THE LIGHT (EXTENDED VERSION)
7. MICRO KID (SPECIALLY REMIXED VERSION)
8. MICRO KID (DUB VERSION)
9. THE CHANT HAS BEGUN (POWER MIX)
10. THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP) (UPFRONT MIX)

CD 10: BONUS TRACKS

1. LOVE GAMES (U.S. REMIX)
2. SANDSTORM (LIVE MAY 1982)
3. MR. PINK (LIVE MAY 1982)
4. IT’S A HAPPENING
5. THE CHINESE WAY (DUB – EDIT) (FIRST TIME ON CD)
6. LAST CHANCE (EXTENDED VERSION)
7. HEATHROW (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
8. TURN IT ON (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
9. EYES WATERFALLING (THE PRODIGY) (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
10. THE PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
11. ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)? (LIVE AT REGAL THEATRE, HITCHIN)
12. STANDING IN THE LIGHT (7″ VERSION)
13. GOODBYE RAY SCHMIDT-VOLK

101 responses to Level 42 / The Complete Polydor Years 1980-1984 / 10CD box set

  1. David Roest says:

    The final releasedate is now set on march 26th according to Paul Waller who worked on the boxset.

    • Vils says:

      Lots of useful comments but there is no information on who is responsible for the remastering? I asked the question of Cherry Red over a month ago and have had no response. Their ‘remasters’ can be a very mixed bag in my experience. When I looked on their website to ‘meet the team’ there are lots of business managers, but no one responsible for sound quality…

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        I believe it is Tony Dixon at Masterpiece.

        • Vils says:

          FYI – Cherry Red finally confirmed: ‘They are mastered by Tony Dixon from the sources provided by Universal (NOT Re-mastered)’.

          • Gerbrand says:

            If you make a new master years after the original (using new equipment and technology), isn’t it a remaster by definition ?

            I understand the difference between a remix and a remaster, but what is the difference between a new master and a remaster ?

          • Vils says:

            Good question Gerbrand – I understand that ‘mastered’ sound is a flat (cheap) transfer that simply equalises the levels from different sources.
            ‘Remastered’ can range from cheap/ minimal effort that boosts volumes at the expense of sound quality. At the high quality end it is thorough and caring tweaking removing glitches and (selectively) upgrading the sound.

  2. Thomas Staudt says:

    According to Amazon and JPC, this release has been moved to March 26th.

  3. Karl Doyle says:

    Hi

    Can anybody confirm what the Microkid ‘I Level’ mix is ?

    • Gerbrand says:

      @ Karl Doyle

      The Micro Kid I-Level mix was created by fellow Brit-funkers, I-Level’s Joe Dworniak and Duncan Bridgeman. The remix was unique until 2000, when it was issued as a bonus track on the CD reissue of Standing In The Light.

      Originally released in 1983 on a Micro-Kid promo 12″

  4. Gerbrand says:

    @Simon Carson (in case you still read this ;-)

    You state below:
    “Wings of Love (UK Dancefloor) is the album version so is on there. Ignore the timings on the original 12″ as they are incorrect.”

    According to Paul Waller’s book about the 1980 Wings of Love 7” and two 12” singles : “all feature remixed versions of the original recording” & “the UK Dance Floor mix by Mark
    Lusardi”.

    Can you explain ? Is the UK Dance Floor mix used on the Early Tapes album ?

  5. Karl says:

    Hi

    Quick question. Where and when is the live version of ‘Love Games’ from the Breaker Lager / Melody Maker taken from from ? Anyone ?

    • Gerbrand says:

      @Karl:
      The single-sided UK 7” flexi disc (LYN 12914), promoting Breaker Lager, was a free gift on the cover of Melody Maker magazine in April 1983. It features a live version of ‘Love Games’, recorded at Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall on May 20th 1982.

      Source: Level 42 – The Worldwide Visual Discography by Paul Waller (2017).

      The same version appeared on the Weave Your Spell 12″ in 1982 and is included in the set above (Disc 7, Track 7).

  6. David Moses says:

    Excellent for Level 42 having a box set released and this may well be of value to some people. I am sure a lot of work went into this, and it will look and sound great. But for me, it isn’t a worthwhile purchase, as there is nothing here I don’t have. I am not interested in remixes, edits, etc. I wanted to see some unreleased songs and some demos. And it is missing tracks like ‘piano’, ‘freedom’/’freedom agogo’, ‘free yourself’ and other unreleased tracks.
    I hope the second box set contains tracks that are unreleased from the period.

    Still nice they are getting recognition.

  7. Kauwgompie says:

    Absolutely brilliant band. Not much new here if you have bought the expanded albums, deluxe versions, remix albums and (disappointing) box set of Running In The Family over the years (I realize RITF is not part of this box). I will buy this however because of the hopefully better mastering and the very few “new on cd” tracks. Level 42 deserves a beautiful box set like this.

    As for part 2, I hope they finally sort out the ADSC remix of “To Be With You Again”. The ADSC Dub Mix has been labeled as the regular ADSC Extended Mix for years. So people looking for the regular extended version have been getting the dub mix and the regular extended ADSC mix has still never been released on cd. If the tape is lost, a good vinyl rip will do! Also, I would love ALL the Running In The Family era remixes in one box (that’s where the RITF box failed miserably). I really don’t need the acoustic re-interpretations of the RITF box set. Nice to hear once but not even close to as good as the “plugged” versions.

    Really looking forward to both part 1 and 2!!

    • Paul Wallace says:

      As part curator of these box sets, we have indeed corrected the To Be With You Again ADSC mix. In fact BOTH mixes from that 12″ will be remastered on the second box set. It was one of the priorities of getting right finally as it was due to a mix up of incorrect labelled masters. With fans being involved in proof listening, there will be no errors. Enjoy!

  8. Martin Ingram says:

    I was considering picking up the odds and ends I don’t already have when this box hits Qobuz or 7Digital, but if the material has been sympathetically mastered that may well sell me on the box.

    I’m another one who would pay good money for this stuff on Blu Ray, either high definition or even better 5.1 (imagine that!) but I understand that’s probably a step too far at this stage. :-)

  9. Friso Pas says:

    Wow. Been a fan since 1984, when Hot Water was a small hit. There was a popular radio station in the Netherlands, Radio Veronica (which still exists), and they did a big gig every year in the Ahoy in Rotterdam, with up-and-coming pop acts, called Rock Night. Why that name eludes me. That ’84 edition in September, they had Talk Talk, Sade and Level 42. It was broadcast on TV and radio. I still got the cassette tape. The lowres video is on youtube by the way. Each artist played a set for about an hour. I taped the Level gig, and remember that later on I had to borrow a friend’s tape, because I had to switch sides during the broadcast, and I wanted the complete concert. I played that tape so many times, I can’t believe it’s still in one piece. Still want to digitize that tape.

    So, even though Hot Water was an entry point, as soon as I heard them live I was sold. I was 13 at the time. I started buying their albums a bit later. For a while it was my favorite band. I was playing air-bass for a while, and I think a lot of fans did.
    I still think this first period in their career is their best. I like the grooves, the jazzrock aspect of it. They were great songwriters and they had their own specific sound, very recognisable.
    Of course, I bought all the albums up to that point and some 12″singles, and then later on CD’s, and CD-singles. And so on, and so forth, reissues and the lot.

    Look like a Day 1 purchase to me. I really hope they will keep the dynamics intact with mastering these albums, because they are smoking. They will have to include all the full length versions of those amazing B-sides (no info on that), which were only available on the 12″ singles. The 7″ B-sides were always some sort of edit. I hope Simon Carson can comment on this. Also, Paul (@SDL), maybe you can do an interview with these guys and maybe some bandmembers, about what they used for mastering this, and how they put it together. That would be so cool.

    About the next boxset, it would be nice if they can find the tapes of the complete live concert at Wembley Arena in 1987, which is now only released on a single CD in the Running In The Family 2012 boxset. Some other tracks of the Wembley gigs were released as B-sides at the time (Micro Kid, Physical Presence). Would be so great to finally have the complete concert on 2 CD’s. Yes, I know, the official (great) live album A Physical Presence is probably going to be in there too. But why skimp on discs, on content? Maybe a Live “all the rest” boxset (#3) would be cool, with gigs from the early 80’s included. I hope you do right by the fans. They’ll probably buy all this. This first set looks very promising, even though I’m in the camp of having the B-sides and extended versions tagged on the album discs. I mean, those albums are roughly 45 minutes and have some space left, right? At least the B-sides could be on there, IMHO.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      Friso, as a fellow Dutch guy of about the same age, I also remember Veronica’s Rock Night. Absolutely brilliant. I did not record it but was glued to the tv. Those were the days! Thanks for bringing back those memories.

  10. Wax Monster X says:

    Loved them since the first time I heard Starchild. I saw them live very early on in NYC for a showcase gig at the Bottom Line. Got there early to get good seats. A very suave and well dressed gentleman at the next table starts to chat up my girl. He’s got this wide brim hat and looks familiar. My GF introduces him to me as Lenny. The hat + Lenny. Holy shit its Lenny White! We start to talk drums as I play as well and gush over Level 42. He and his friend join us at our table to free one up for someone else and we hang all night. L42 go over like a house on fire and I have truly memorable night. Looking forward to these boxes, but it will depend on the sound and the quality of the remaster. This band deserves nothing less than a superior sounding reissue.

  11. Ian McJannet says:

    Not really a lover of Level 42 but I just had to praise them for the price of this set alone…
    Amazing value … If only others would take note !!!!!

  12. mike says:

    I love those boxsets, like heaven 17, no multi format, 5 extra cds with mixes – a perfect compilation !! Please go forward with vol. 2 – and yes, they will need more than 5 cds for all the extra mixes from the late 80s.. Can´t wait to listen to the ADSC Mix – or is it a dream ??

    • Paul Wallace says:

      The correct ADMC mix of To Be With You Again is finally corrected in Box Set 2 – have no fear!
      Enjoy.

  13. Wayne C says:

    Could anyone clarify whether the Japan version will include Obi strip and be SHM-CD or the same as the UK version please?. It seems a good price even with duty applied if it is?.

  14. Dave H says:

    This is great news and it looks like there’s been a lot of care and attention to make sure the errors from the past collections will finally be rectified like the mono mixes.
    I know some of the 12″ remixes can be found on the hard to find Dutch release Ultimate Collection II but it’s nice to have everything together and no more listening to vinyl rips.
    I will be looking forward to the second volume and hopefully the correct versions of To Be With You Again. Yippee!!

    • Paul Wallace says:

      Yep – the correct mixes of To Be With You Again ADSC mix 12″ in full remastered glory will be within Box 2.

  15. Spiderbite says:

    I will take anything new Level 42 I can get my hands on. I always wish they had caught on more here in the US. Nobody knows them here with the exception of the song “Something About You” which is a shame. I have everything they have put out that I can get my hands on here in the States. Looking forward to this though I really wish they had included a DVD or Blu-ray of early videos, performances, etc. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers.

    This is one of my groups where I wish we would get those ridiculously huge boxsets that covers every square inch of their release history from beginning until current!

  16. Andreas Kötter says:

    Is it Paul Waller of Animal Nightlife fame?

  17. Arjan says:

    Looks great!

    Thanks you Paul for this great website and wish you and your dear ones all the best for this festive season!

  18. Luke says:

    Finallly the 12 inch mixes of Are You Hearing (What I Hear) and Weave Your Spell on CD!

  19. StephendC says:

    The full 10/11 minute Mastermix of Hot Water is one of my favourite 12” singles of the 80’s. It’s a masterpiece.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      I agree. I think it’s the best thing they ever did.

      • Friso Pas says:

        Level didn’t exactly. It’s a remix, done by producer & engineer Ken Scott.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          They wrote the song!

          • Friso Pas says:

            I thought you were referring to the Mastermix. That’s what StephendC was talking about. The Mastermix is an entirely different beast from the 7″ and also the album version.

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            I was referring to that, but I’m not just complimenting the remixer… it’s a great song. The remix is the icing on the cake. Not the cake itself.

        • TWP says:

          Mark King stated in an interview a few years after the song was released that the MasterMix version is the Original version of the song, meaning all subsequent versions (album mix, 7″ version etc) are taken from that version. Bye bye everybody bye bye..

        • Sector 2 says:

          Mark King stated in a interview a few years after the song was released that the MasterMix is the Definitive version of the song, meaning all subsequent versions of the song are taken from that Master (album mix, 7″ mixes etc.) Bye bye everybody bye bye.

  20. David Pseja says:

    Paul, Any insight as to why the Thunderthumbs single was not included. That’s been high on Level 42 collectors’ lists for a long time.

  21. Tom Walsh says:

    Not a big Level 42 fan though I do love The Sun Goes Down and Hot Water. I’m amazed that any fans would whinge about this ,but then obviously some people are NEVER happy.

  22. David Roest says:

    Credits to Paul Waller for a job well done. And… this is only the first boxset to come out. Paul also mentioned that volume 2 is in the works right now.

  23. Marking Time says:

    Why does the atrwork include art from 86-87 period?

    • Isaías says:

      If I were you “Making Time” I’d read the SDE statments more carefully. The answer to your doubt it’s there !!!!!

      • Marking Time says:

        Sorry still none the wiser…. and if attention to detail is your ‘thing’ ….it’s ‘Marking Time’ not ‘Making time’ – a light-hearted pun i.e. “It’s Mark King time !” :)

        • Isaías says:

          Oh yeah, detail is my thing unfortunatly and I dislike myself sometimes about it that’s for sure. Do not get me wrong please.
          Merry xmas! Happy new year! :)

    • Paul Wallace says:

      If you’re referring to the front ‘wheel’ style cover, it’s because both boxes will have the same image, alas I believe the 2nd box set will have a black background.

    • Thomas says:

      Totally agreed with that

  24. Shane says:

    A box of CDs: what I want :) thank you

  25. Paul Murphy says:

    Hi Paul, you’ve written ‘alongside an extraordinary about of bonus material’, rather than ‘amount’. Whilst here, a Merry and Safe Christmas to you and those you love, and as ever, thanks for providing another 12 months – and what 12 months it has been – of your most wonderful, informative and entertaining website.

  26. Jay says:

    Any idea of artwork and the box set? It would be good to see what we are getting, e.g presentation box and artwork?

  27. Jamie says:

    Great stuff, £5 cheaper on Cherry Red’s site though. Looking forward to box 2, World Machine is one of my favourite ever albums and will be nice to hear what bonus tracks they dig up for it. I’m guessing it will be WM, physical presence, running, staring at the sun and… will they include the later RCA stuff? Or the other Live album from 86?

  28. Edwin says:

    If only they include all the videos would be great..

  29. Stephen K says:

    This pleases me. Excited overall. Excited first for the 7″ mixes. Excited second for the 12″ mixes and b-sides.

  30. Isaías says:

    Hi Paul Wallace!
    I just wonder why put all the 7″ versions and B-sides on a aside CD if it could be added to the albums it belongs and doing it there would be room available to feature B-sides 7″ versions and 12″ mixes which is missing. Going a litlle far even a DVD could be included featuring promo videos, TOTP and live apearences. I pray the volume 2 (which will bring the Level 42 top albums and hits) DOES NOT make the same mistake. For sure 5 extra CDs won’t fit all the material released at the time since there’s much more 12″ remix versions and previously unreleased material than the “phase one” as well. Not to mention volume 2 will include (unfortunatly) A Physical Presence, a live album which will waste 2 CDs of live material since I hate it but it’s a personal taste. I’d love Cherry Red put 15 CDs to the next box not 10 CDs in order to fit all the material we (diehard fans) are wishing for.

    • Steven Lowe says:

      Guess you can’t please everyone. Here was me thinking it looked pretty good!

    • blink says:

      “ I just wonder why put all the 7″ versions and B-sides on a aside CD if it could be added to the albums it belongs and doing it there would be room available to feature B-sides 7″ versions and 12″ mixes which is missing.”

      Given that this is called ‘The COMPLETE Polydor Years’, what is missing ?

      Haven Edits, Mixes and B-Sides on a separate disc just means you need more discs.. 5 albums and 5 bonus discs should be able to fit everything imo

      • Isaías says:

        I can tell you what’s missing Blink!

        -Piano, a song which features in the first Early Tapes album remaster edition.
        -(Flying on the) Wings of Love (UK dance floor mix)

        -Forty Two (Full length versions) or the 7″ version. I do not know which version the box features but one of them is missing.

        -The Return of The Handsome Rugged Man (extended version) or the 7″ version. I do not know which version the box features but one of them is missing.

        -The Chinese Way (John Luongo Remix)

        -Micro Kid (US Remix)

        -Free Yourself, a song which features in the first True Colours album remaster edition.

        -Hot Water (extended version)

        -Almost There (Full length version) or 7″ version. I do not know which version the box features but one of them is missing.

        If there’s something still missing please let us all know. If I wrong, please let me know !!!!

        THAT’S IT !!!!!

        • Simon Carson says:

          Piano is not on there unfortunately.

          Wings of Love (UK Dancefloor) is the album version so is on there. Ignore the timings on the original 12″ as they are incorrect..

          Forty Two (Full Length Version) is the one that was used. The edit is not on there.

          Return of the Handsome Rugged Man (Full Length Version) is the version that was used.

          The Chinese Way (John Luongo Remix) is in fact the New York Mix so is in fact on there.

          Micro Kid (US Remix) is also on there. This is the Specially Remixed Version.

          Free Yourself is also missing as are the other demos that were on the 2000 remasters.

          Hot Water (Extended Version) is in fact the album version. The reason it was listed as this was because when the True Colours album was released in Holland they used the 7″ version on the vinyl and the Mastermix on the cassette. The album version was first known as Extended Version on a Dutch 2CD compilation released in 1998 and basically that info has been copied onto other releases since.

          Almost There (Full Length Version) is the album version so is already on there. The Edit is also on there on the b-sides disc.

          Simon

          • Paul Sinclair says:

            Great info Simon. Thanks!

          • michael says:

            Simon, thank you for your detailed comments, as someone who isnt a major fan but appears to have collected a lot of the remixes anyway – Hot Water (Extended) at 8.04 on a budget compilation I have – is that a different Extended Version or simply an edit of the Mastermix please?

        • Isaías says:

          Wow, well SAID and DONE Simon !!!!!
          Congratulations and a big Thank You.
          By the way, merry xmas!
          Happy new year
          We all need it.

    • Dave Saxby says:

      Do Die Hard fans hate Physical Presence?
      I can’t believe that. It’s a fantastic album. Personal tastes may differ, but Level 42 have ALWAYS been a great live band.

      • Martin says:

        This could be worth buying, I just hope it is well packaged.

        I am amazed to hear a negative comment about Physical Presence, it’s simply one of the best live albums ever.

    • Simon Carson says:

      We looked into doing this for each album but felt it was better to keep the albums in their original form as some albums had more remixes than others (Standing in the Light for example would’ve gone onto a 3rd disc) Whereas for the Early Tapes there’s hardly anything so would’ve looked bare in comparison. A DVD with TOTP appearances would’ve been fantastic but was not to be unfortunately. Box set 2 is the same format as Box 1 and as far as I’m aware all released mixes will be on there. Also I would love a live box set in this format as we all know there’s enough material out there. If these 2 boxes go well who knows?

      • Isaías says:

        Hi Simon!

        When you said “We looked into doing this for each album” I suppose you meant to add 7″ single versions and B-sides on each of them. Am I right?

        Please, can you tell us why some of the material wasn’t included?
        No room?

        Talking about the Volume 2 box, 5 extra CDs were enough to feature all the material (I mean 7″ and 12″) released at the time? There’s much more. Level 42 became too big that time and diferent remixes appeared all around.

        If you can answer this I’d be very pleased really. Thank you very much!

        • Simon Carson says:

          Hi Isaias,

          Yes that is what I meant regarding adding bonus to each album.

          Regarding the missing tracks, some of it was space, some of it was licensing and in some cases the mixes could not be located in the archives.

          Regarding box 2 it is in progress at the moment and as I said there should be room for it all. Also remember that Leaving Me Now, Running in the Family & To Be With You Again (Extended Versions) are in fact the album versions so some space there. Also Dream Crazy was used on a couple of singles (Leaving Me Now & Running In The Family) and is on the World Machine album. Hot Water (Live) was from A Physical Presence and during the Staring at the Sun era the 12″ b-sides were the tracks used on the 7″ singles so a bit of repition there.

          • Isaías says:

            Thank you very very much Simon!!
            I’m really impressed by your kindness.
            I wish all the best next year.

    • Neil says:

      What B-sides 7″ versions and 12″ mixes which is missing are you referring too ? Just for the record A Physical Presence is the best live album that has ever existed by any band.

  31. Carl says:

    Thought they would have included Freedom by Thunderthumbs or was there an album?, great single anyway.

  32. Warren S says:

    I know they became bigger later, but this is the good stuff. Great to see it all brought together in a single well put together set with what sounds like very sympathetic remastering. Looking forward to this.

  33. Tim says:

    Ah, the Regal in Hitchin. Once a cinema before becoming a short-lived concert hall and recording studio (the Fall recorded some of Hex Enduction Hour there, with the remainder made in Iceland). Thin Lizzy also played there in 1983; a DVD of the show was on the band’s ‘At The BBC’ boxset from nine years back. Sadly the building was later demolished, and is now a posh gated housing complex. Sigh!

    I always had a soft spot for Level 42 (which didn’t always translate into purchases), but have ordered this set. Cheers to all involved in its creation.

  34. Wayne C says:

    This has really made me happy and then some!, can’t wait for this already have all the albums on vinyl, and CD multiple times but you can never refuse this!. I was a big fan of Level 42 and was in the fan club back in the day!. Still my favourite band other band besides TFF!. Congratulations to Cherry Red for putting this forward for release wonderful!. Has cheered me up no end !.

  35. Mic Smith says:

    It’s great to see Level 42 being given this treatment although I never had a problem with the 2000 remasters myself. If these are more sympathetic to the original albums then that’s got to be great news. A few mixes or rarities missing I think but overall this looks like an essential purchase for me.

    • Stuart says:

      I’ll give another thumbs up for 2000 remasters on the 2 for 1 CD sets; they’re much better than the subsequent deluxe editions of World Machine and Running In The Family.

      Although it’s not a bad price for the set I’ll probably sit on the fence for a deal alert as there’s very little on here that I don’t have

  36. richard says:

    10 CD’s okay cool, but is it so hard to put at least 1 (one) full concert instead of a mix of something from here and something from there … I’ll Pass

  37. Scott G says:

    Would have been nice if it had also included hi-res blu-ray audio.
    I probably have most of this material on cd and a lot of it on the original vinyl. Not too sure if the remaster warrants me purchasing unless it also contained a hi-res studio master. Or better still, multichannel mixes.
    A few years back I had PC software that can produce reasonable multichannel from stereo source. Played around with it for a while using different artists with some excellent results. One of the best results was Level 42 “THE CHINESE WAY”.

    • Steven Roberts says:

      A Level 42 DVD collection already exists, albeit out-of-print:-

      https://amzn.to/3ay5OwK

      If memory serves, there is an option to play the songs in 5.1, although I don’t know if they are discrete mixes or up-mixes from stereo (I suspect the latter, though I am happy to be corrected by the more knowledgeable on this forum).

  38. Simon D'Agostino says:

    Why cd we want them vinyl like before with 180gm

  39. Great looking set, shame that the whole of the Sight and Sound gig isn’t included rather than just some specific tracks. though a DVD release would be better with the radio audio to replace the faulty TV sound.

  40. Ian Davis says:

    Looks like the delivery has already slipped to March 26 2021 according to Amazon UK. I have all of these original albums on CD (tape also back in the day!) and the 2000 remasters which were good on content but sub par on Mastering. If these are as good as Paul Wallace suggests – then I’m going to take a punt!

  41. Paul Wallace says:

    I’m proud to have been part of the creative process of this amazing box set, which is part one of two. The remastering is the best we’ve heard and we worked for almost the entire year to get the tracklisting spot on. Lots to enjoy here and some CD debuts too. It looks beautiful inside too! Amazing price ❤️

    • Trikke says:

      So glad with this release.
      I hope it can replace a lot of terrible sounding “remasters” in my collection.
      And looking at the tracklist, this definitely is a boxset compiled with lots of love for (and lots of knowledge of) the band.
      I hope the same love will be given to the mastering process. No brick-walling please !!

      • Cliff in Toronto says:

        I’m putting a lot of faith in what Paul Wallace is telling us. I ordered the 2000 remasters the minute I heard about them – lots of great extra content that I didn’t have on CD – and knew the minute that I heard them that they were “too loud”. Didn’t know anything at the time about “brickwalling” or “loudness wars”. So I’ve just stuck with my West German Polydors from the 80’s. Finally some relief after 20-plus years?

    • Steve Thorpe says:

      Thanks for all of the hard work on this fantastic set Paul Wallace; as someone who has worked on box sets for Cherry Red and Demon / Edsel I know just how much time and effort it can require! This looks simply amazing, and it’s a relief to know the very loud Jon Astley remasters from 2000 can be relegated to the B-List at last!! Pre-order already in…roll on February.

    • Steven Roberts says:

      Hi Paul – is there a reason that some of the bonus tracks from the 2-for-1 discs from several years again are being omitted this time around?

      And I know there have been some grumblings that the King/Lindup ‘Freedom’ one-off team-up has been excluded – admittedly not strictly a Level 42 record at the time of release, though the duo DO constitute L42 now. Were the Freedom mixes considered at all for this boxed-set?

    • MichaelM says:

      I’m hoping for a vinyl boxset at some stage. Any news on this front Paul?

    • Paul Johnson says:

      Will ‘Physical Presence’ be included in part 2?

    • David Pseja says:

      Paul, Any insight as to why the Thunderthumbs single was not included. That’s been high on Level 42 collectors’ lists for a long time.

  42. Philip John Birtwistle says:

    Looks a fabulous set at a truly fabulous price. Subtitled Volume One, so hopefully will continue the releases in a similar vein

  43. Steve Cawrey says:

    Strange that the cover art has Running In The Family showing which wasn’t released till later in the decade…

  44. O(+> Peter B says:

    Thanks, Paul. I only ever knew Hot Water in the 80s, Mrs B started listening to them more during a free Spotify trial earlier this year. I showed her your article about the Essential 3CD, which we bought – such great value and we’re really enjoying it. This is good value too for 10 CDs. We’ve got tickets to see them play in Melbourne in April – just hoping that’s not too optimistic with COVID.

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