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Level 42's fifth and sixth albums, True Colours (1984) and World Machine (1985) — the latter of which crossed into the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard 200, thanks to the success of "Something About You" — are combined on this two-disc set. The sound is remastered, and each disc features a handful of contemporary bonus tracks, including a few demos, "Hot Water [Mastermix]," "World Machine [Dub Mix]," and "Something About You [Sisa Mix]." The same year this was released, Polydor issued similar packages of the band's other albums: Level 42/The Early Tapes, The Pursuit of Accidents/Standing in the Light, and Running in the Family/Staring at the Sun.


Formed: 1980 in Isle of Wight, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co. By the end of the '80s, however, the band -- whose music was instantly recognizable from Mark King's thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou's synthesizer flourishes -- had crossed over to the point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock, equally likely to be placed in...
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