The Levellers - 'Levelling The Land: 25th Anniversary Edition' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     April 14, 2018    
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A fantastic introduction to a first class band that play Rock music with attitude and fiddles.

The Levellers are a bunch of hippies, basically – an eco-friendly band who the uninformed see as a bunch of crusty layabouts bleating on about politics and the like. This is typically British, an attempt to look down on those who are trying to educate people, and are not the money grabbing bastards many like to paint anyone famous as being. The Levellers, you see, are a bit of a British institution, a band of the people, a band who know how to mix kick arse tunes with a social conscience.

Twenty-five years ago, 'Levelling The Land' was the album that brought the band to the attention of Joe Public, something not achieved by their debut a year earlier. It wasn't a huge success, with subsequent albums performing better, but there has always been something about it that sticks it in the category of "bona fide classic". A timeless mix of Folk, Punk and Rock music combined with intelligent lyrics means it's an album that has kept on giving.

In 2011, the band toured to play the album in full (as they are doing this winter) for the 20th anniversary and contained in this three disc package is a CD and DVD of the show at the Brixton Academy along with the original album. The live recordings are a great companion to the album with the DVD showcasing an act who are always mesmerizing live, filmed and edited as well as you could hope for.

This whole thing was released in 2011, so this "new" package feels rather redundant and will be eminently missable if you have the original. That said, if you don't and have ever wondered what all the fuss is about The Levellers, this is a fantastic introduction to a first class band that play Rock music with attitude and fiddles.

Alan Holloway

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