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Username: ox_junior

Post Number: 236
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

The Level 42 "Live at Wembley" concert from (I think?) 1987 is now out on DVD (finally!). I ordered it from and it came personally autographed by Mark King! What a surprise!!

He's probably third on my list of bass heroes, behind Entwistle and McCartney.

This DVD is of the original band, in their heyday, playing their biggest hits to a packed arena. Too bad Mark was playing Jaydee basses at the time (still sounds good through his Trace Elliot rig - he was one of their first big endorsees). But he is just amazing to watch - I have no idea how he plays what he does, sings lead on every tune, and is a credible frontman/entertainer. An amazing talent.
Username: dubalbal

Post Number: 62
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 2:22 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mike ,

Nice surprise !!! i had the same a few years ago when i ordered cd's and dvd's of isle of whight and another live dvd ( i forgot the name ) ...they all came back with a signature and a kind word ! Very nice surprise indeed ! i already met him and talked to him several times after gigs ...i also have his strings that his bass tech gave me after the show...

Cool indeed !

Intermediate Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 189
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 4:53 am:   Edit Post

Yeah that mr mark king is a "mother focker" on the bass!
Username: dubalbal

Post Number: 63
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 6:23 am:   Edit Post

...yes indeed...a real one , a huge one ...playing like he does and singing...terrifffffiiiiiccccccc!

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Username: jacko

Post Number: 172
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, April 22, 2005 - 5:28 am:   Edit Post

The video I have of level 42 is their second incarnation - after the brothers gould left and Mark plays two alembics throughout the concert. His sound is quite frankly incredible, even on tape! I've always been impressed by Bassists who can sing whilst playing really complicated runs - MK, Chris Squire and geddy lee all fall into this category as would Phil Lynott who I've just been watching on a 1978 Sydney opera house DVD.

Username: exploiterplayer

Post Number: 46
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Friday, May 06, 2005 - 9:01 am:   Edit Post

Mark King is one of my favorite bass players as well. Level 42 "The Pursuit of Accidents"..... incredible CD!

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