Post Number: 87
|Posted on Friday, February 24, 2006 - 3:23 pm: |
Uhh... I know he's a big name, and an important Alembic name... but despite listening to LOT'S of Stanley and plenty of other talented bass players... the fact is -to my knowledge- I've never heard Mark King or Level 42.
I can't think of any place that would be better suited to give advice on this matter than here; so my question is simple: what does everyone consider to be the TOP 3 (in order) Mark King and/or Level 42 CDs to listen to -to get to know him/be "turned onto him" for?
I'd appreciate any imput, ESPECIALLY from those who are HIGHLY familier with his work, and who have most/all of his stuff (and who are therefore in the best position to recommend stuff).
If I were to try/buy only one Mark King disc, what should I try/buy first? And what should I go for as followups -in case #1 is out and/or I want more?
Post Number: 111
|Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 1:42 am: |
I used to listen to Level42 a lot in the early and middle '80s and I saw them live on stage around 1983/84. I never was a "die-hard fanatic", though, I was more influenced by Sir Paul and JAE.
Personnally, I like their first official album alot, "Level42" issued 1981 with "Love Games" and "Starchild". The next album, "Pursuit Of Accidents" from 1982 is a must-have for me, too. Third on my list would be "Physical Presence", their live doublealbum from 1985, a great overwiew of the early work of Level42.
I bet when you have heard these discs, you are infected with the "brit funk virus", and you just have to have all the other tunes, LOL !
all the best, Christian
Post Number: 227
|Posted on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 4:44 am: |
I'd definitely say Physical Presence, but there are some cool DVDs you can get direct from Mr King.....he'll even sign 'em! Just check out Level 42s official website.
Post Number: 393
|Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 3:34 am: |
His solo album "Influences" is pretty damn good. Another particular favourite of mine is "Standing in the Light".
A lot of the Level 42 albums have been paired-up into double packs - "Pursuit of Accidents" and "Standing in the Light" for instance. That makes it a very inexpensive way to get some great music!
Post Number: 91
|Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 1:43 pm: |
Thanks for your input folks, and I'd appreciate more. Is "Influences" a solo album in the sense that he plays bass with no other musicians? If so, this would be the one I'd lean towards getting.
Post Number: 175
|Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 11:59 pm: |
For me it's "Guarenteed" ... and then the 1st Level 42 album. And if you want to really be blown away get the live DVD Level42 at Wimbly and WATCH a master at work.
Post Number: 82
|Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 12:52 am: |
Influences is not a bass-only CD. However, Mark King actually plays most of the instruments (bass, percussion, drums, guitar and keyboards) himself. Besides that there are some guest musicians. Great album.
Post Number: 533
|Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 2:42 am: |
Get a hold of Level 42 - the first album. One of my favorite tracks would be 'Dune Tune' which shows that MK can play some pretty mean fingerstyle. He's not just a slapper. Next would have to be 'a physical presence' which shows what a superb live band they were.
The best thing to do would be to come over to the UK in october and catch the tour - I've got my tickets;-)
Post Number: 67
|Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 5:04 am: |
You're gonna get a million different answers here, I reckon!
For my two penneth, I'd definitely go for the live album, A Physical Presence, for the best example of all that Mark King can do. I've also got a soft spot for True Colours (cos I love Hot Water and Kansas City Milkman) and their very underrated last album, Forever Now, which was a real return to form after a couple of fairly dull albums at the end of the 80s/beginning of the 90s.