Level 42 – Mark King

3-22-11

Level 42 / Mark King

My files indicate that I once wrote about Level 42, but never published it – so I’ll write a new entry!

CD LEVEL 42                                                               POLYDOR DE      821935.2

1981 8 TRKS debut album

LP LEVEL 42                                                               POLYDOR DE      2383 612

1981 8 TRKS debut album

12″ WEAVE YOUR SPELL                                         POLYDOR US      PDD 525

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

12″ STARCHILD                                                          POLYDOR US      PDD 520

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS, THE                       POLYDOR UK      9843573

1982 13 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks) (’07 issue)

LP PURSUIT OF ACCIDENTS, THE                       POLYDOR US      PD-1-6359

1982 8 TRKS

12″ ARE YOU HEARING (WHAT I HEAR)?             POLYDOR UK      POSPX 396

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ WEAVE YOUR SPELL                                         POLYDOR UK      POSPX 500

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; with live tracks

CD EARLY TAPES – JULY/AUG. ’80                         POLYDOR DE      831081.2

1982 8 TRKS (’80 recordings)

LP EARLY TAPES – JULY/AUG. ’80                         POLYDOR DE      2383 637

1982 8 TRKS (’80 recordings)

12″ MICRO-KID                                                            A&M US                 SP-12091

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ MICRO-KID (Edit)                                                 A&M US                 AM-2631

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

12″ MICRO-KID                                                            POLYDOR UK      POSPX 643

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ SUN GOES DOWN, THE (LIVING IT UP)         POLYDOR UK      POSPX 622

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD STANDING IN THE LIGHT                                  POLYDOR DE      813865.2

1983 9 TRKS

LP STANDING IN THE LIGHT                                  POLYDOR DE      813865.1

1983 9 TRKS

12″ HOT WATER                                                          POLYDOR UK      POSPX 697

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ HOT WATER                                                          POLYDOR US      885155.1

1984 3 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

CD INFLUENCES (Mark King solo)                         POLYDOR UK      823088.2

1984 5 TRKS (’87 issue) Level 42 bassist

LP TRUE COLOURS                                                 POLYDOR DE      823542.1

1984 8 TRKS

CD TRUE COLOURS                                                 POLYDOR DE      823542.2

1984 9 TRKS (1 x bonus track)

CD PHYSICAL PRESENCE, A                                  POLYDOR JPN    POCP-2151

1985 10 TRKS Live (’91 issue)

LPx2 PHYSICAL PRESENCE, A                                  POLYDOR DE      825677.1

1985 13 TRKS Live

7″ SOMETHING ABOUT YOU / COUP D’ETAT     POLYDOR US      883362.7

1985 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CDx2 WORLD MACHINE (Deluxe Edition)                 POLYDOR UK      9843543

1985 21 TRKS (11 x bonus tracks) (’07 issue)

LP WORLD MACHINE                                               POLYDOR US      827487.1

1985 9 TRKS

DVD LIVE AT WEMBLEY                                               UNIVERSAL EU   982701.9

1986 (’05 issue)

CD5 LESSONS IN LOVE promo                                 POLYDOR UK      2897 416

1986 2 TRK CD Single CD5

12″ LESSONS IN LOVE                                              POLYDOR UK      POSPX 790

1986 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN                                    POLYDOR NL      885694.1

1987 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ RUNNING IN THE FAMILY (12″ x 2)                  POLYDOR UK      POSXX 842

1987 5 TRKS with pic sleeve, 12″ x 2

LP RUNNING IN THE FAMILY                                  POLYDOR DE      831593.1

1987 8 TRKS

CD RUNNING IN THE FAMILY                                  POLYDOR US      831593.2

1987 9 TRKS (1 x bonus track)

CD STARING AT THE SUN                                       POLYDOR JPN    P32P-20192

1988 10 TRKS (1 x bonus track)

12″ TAKE A LOOK pic disc                                         POLYDOR UK      PZY 24

1988 3 TRKS pic-disc, no pic sleeve (871035.1)

12″ HEAVEN IN MY HANDS                                       POLYDOR US      887777.1

1988 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP STARING AT THE SUN                                       POLYDOR US      837247.1

1988 9 TRKS

CD LEVEL BEST (Collection)                                   POLYDOR JPN    P25P-20300

1989 18 TRK Collection

12″ TRACIE                                                                   POLYDOR UK      PZ 34

1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD REMIXES, THE                                                      POLYDOR UK      513085.2

1992 11 TRKS Remixes

CD FOREVER NOW                                                   RCA JPN               BVCP-711

1994 13 TRKS

CD ONE MAN (Mark King solo)                                PYRAMID US        R2 75728

1999 10 TRKS

CD MILLENNIUM COLLECTION                              POLYDOR CAN   76107.2

2003 12 TRK Collection

DVD CLASSIC – UNIVERSAL MASTERS                   POLYDOR EU      982606.9

2005 10 TRKS 42 min

I didn’t pay all that much attention to Level 42 in the 80’s – I was otherwise occupied – but I did always note that they worked with Wally Badarou, a keyboard player that I greatly admired, who had worked with Grace Jones.  I saw their videos on MTV and MuchMusic.  I remember being told about Mark King’s solo album, “Influences” – that it was truly a “bass players album” – it is.  And it’s wonderful!  It’s the point where funk meets jazz – in England.  Britfunk!

Last summer, Level 42 inexplicably toured the U.S. and played live near Los Angeles, a show that Joe & I went and saw.  Not the exact same band as in the 80’s, but still very much in the status of ongoing concern – celebrating their 30th year!  Good show!  Go see ‘em if the opportunity ever presents itself.

Above is the level 42 collection that I have put together in roughly the last decade.  It’s all about 12” singles with this band.  I have been most amused to find 2 x NTSC AC:0 DVD’s as well.

So, how’d they sign to A&M Records in the US for one single single?  They’d already had Polydor US releases, and they had Polydor US releases afterwards…

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3 Responses to Level 42 – Mark King

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    Dunno about that “Micro Kid” anomaly. It boggles my mind, too!

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Yeah, guess it’s merely a “one-off”. A&M was yet to be “in bed” with Polydor – or so I thought!

  3. postpunkmonk says:

    Are you saying that Polydor manufactured & distributed for A+M? I had no clue! And I closely follow the business, and by that I mean the industry!

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