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enzo
Intermediate Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 194
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post

After about 2 decades Level 42 will play again in US for their 30th anniversary.
Dates not yet confirmed...
http://www.level42.com/2010/03/13/us-dates-coming/
artswork99
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1025
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

I'd like to see that!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1884
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 8:47 am:   Edit Post

I just checked out one of their video's on you tube and noticed a very different version of a Series bass that he was using on the sun goes down video. If you check at time 2:13
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TryRvFOA7r4

It's got a sharp pointy headstock and also a non standard alembic bridge. looks kind of fender style.
i wonder if that was one of the alembics he bought second hand before he got the basses that alembic made for him. The pickups also look very large.



Jazzyvee
enzo
Intermediate Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 195
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post

Jazzy, that is not an Alembic. It's an Ashley Pangborn. MK used it for a short time in the Hey Days.
Design clearly borrowed from Alembic.
Here is another one on Basschat:
http://basschat.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=39934&hl=ashley+pangborn
enzo
Intermediate Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 196
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post

In this live video there's one of the rare appearance of that bass.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRFM19Xqxv4

Same bass, different top
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjoDKpCkwXo
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1885
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 12:01 pm:   Edit Post

yeah I can see from your links, it looks more like a merger between an alembic and Jaydee styling but none of the sound.

Jazzyvee
enzo
Intermediate Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 197
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 9:08 pm:   Edit Post

Exactly !
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 532
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post

He still looks pretty happy about it in that picture!
phobucket
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Username: phobucket

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 9:06 am:   Edit Post

This is awesome news. Hope they come to Philly. On a side note, seeing the Sun Goes Down clip makes me think Mark King must have been an influence on Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords.
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 542
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

You mean this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RC0DdrHbGg&feature=related
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1165
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 9:02 am:   Edit Post

As a L42 fan, Mark used Jaydee along with the Ashley Pangborn which are very Alembic influenced, the Ashley also makes an appearance in the video for 'Lessons in Love'
Mark began using Alembics when they were supporting Steve Winwood in San Franscisco and a rep for Alembic came up to him and asked if they could build him a bass..this was in 1987.
He moved on from them after L42 disbanded in 1994 using a variety of basses including Fender J basses and finally going back to Status which he uses now.
He still has the Alembics..on a histroical note, his basses were the first to have the hyperbright LED's installed.
The two SII's he has are coco bolo and a really nice quilted maple along with some medium scale SI's
phobucket
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Username: phobucket

Post Number: 3
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post

Having trouble finding the clip I'm thinking of, but squint your ears a bit when you listen to this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beQ9yChEcHw
artswork99
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1047
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 9:11 am:   Edit Post

Terry, thanks for the historical notes and whereabouts of Mark's basses. Cool!
phobucket
New
Username: phobucket

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 9:44 am:   Edit Post

He's playing one of his Alembics in this clip. What a fantastic sound!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSXtQV7m2PM
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1891
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

Considering Mark is known for having a very bright sound, that Pangborn sounds remarkably dull in tone

Jazzyvee
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1892
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

Considering Mark is known for having a very bright sound, that Pangborn sounds remarkably dull in tone

Jazzyvee
enzo
Intermediate Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 200
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 8:05 pm:   Edit Post

First 2 dates are confirmed (hopefully more to come):
NYC Nokia theatre
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/00004477EC4D910E
Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1500447882953B35?&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_lastfm

A bit more west please :-)

(Message edited by enzo on March 26, 2010)
enzo
Advanced Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 201
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, March 26, 2010 - 8:53 pm:   Edit Post

Mark King's remaining Series IIs (sorry for the poor quality)

[IMG]http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc242/enzo42/Alembic/IMG00027.jpg[/IMG]
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1169
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 1:03 pm:   Edit Post

Was looking at the L42 vids on YouTube, the vid of Hot Water was done at a show called 'The Tube' back in 1984 at Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK..I know as I was in the audience somewhere.
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1170
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

enzo..nice pics how did you come about them..did anyone notice that PU selector is not at the lower horn as it should be??
This is because Mark requested it be moved to the rest of the control section as when he does his 'thumb strumming' he was catching his hand on it.
enzo
Advanced Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 202
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:12 am:   Edit Post

Terry, this pics come from an article on a Guitar and Bass magazine ( Nov 06 ) about MK private collection. Very nice pics of all his basses.
enzo
Advanced Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 203
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 9:01 am:   Edit Post

A family pic:
[IMG]http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc242/enzo42/Alembic/IMG00028.jpg[/IMG]

....and the 2 remaining JDs:
[IMG]http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc242/enzo42/Alembic/IMG00029.jpg[/IMG]

I own an exact replica of the left one that mounts the pick-ups that were originally fitted on Mark JD, in the early '80. A trade mark sound!
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 700
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

And i bet thats not even half of his collection!
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1171
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, March 29, 2010 - 1:57 am:   Edit Post

I know he had to sell a few when he got divorced about 16 years ago.
he lived at Wooton Manor on the Isle of Wight where he had his own 64 track studio where 'Guaranteed' was recorded.
He has downsized to more modest house.
dubalbal
Advanced Member
Username: dubalbal

Post Number: 279
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 04, 2010 - 4:21 am:   Edit Post

...still living on the Isle now...i met a group of English fans a few years ago at a Level 42 concert , they told me where he was actually living but i forgot the name of the town ...

Alain
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1174
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 - 11:16 am:   Edit Post

It is either Cowes or Ryde on the Isle of Wight

(Message edited by TerryC on April 07, 2010)
enzo
Advanced Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 207
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 - 7:05 pm:   Edit Post

Here are all the dates confirmed until now, basically East and West coasts:
http://www.level42.com/2010/04/08/dates-up-dates-for-yall/

San Francisco huh? Maybe a good chance to visit Santa Rosa? ;)
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2594
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, April 09, 2010 - 3:39 am:   Edit Post

Hey Terry, Unless Level 42 played the Tube more than once I was in the same audience as you. I've no idea who else was on the bill as I only went to see MK and at that point in my life I don't think I was too aware of what was going on around me ;-)

Graeme
bassfingers
Advanced Member
Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 289
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, April 09, 2010 - 2:29 pm:   Edit Post

They played The Tube twice as I remember.Once after 'True Colours' performing 'The Chant Has Begun' and 'Hot Water'.The second time was after 'World Machine' performing 'Something About You' and 'A Physical Presence'.

Simon.
terryc
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1175
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 5:16 am:   Edit Post

I was at the first one with jacko in the audience somewhere.
6 degrees of separation!!!!
enzo
Advanced Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 208
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 - 8:51 pm:   Edit Post

New date: Las Vegas Aug 1 @ The Crown Theater, Rio Hotel & Casino.

(Message edited by enzo on April 17, 2010)
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 850
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

I remember seeing Level 42 open up for Tina Turner in San Francisco. They were both Awesome !
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1247
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 4:01 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks to a dear friend I'm on the list for the Nokia in NYC. I never saw them live but I needed to amend that error. Needless to say, grateful does not even come close.

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