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Level 42The Pursuit Of Accidents

Label:Polydor – POLD 5067
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic, Jazz
Style:Synth-pop, Jazz-Funk

Tracklist

A1Weave Your Spell
Words ByMike Lindup
A2The Pursuit Of Accidents
Recorded By [Rhythm Track]Nick Laurnay*
A3Last Chance
Synthesizer [Jupiter 4]Pete Jacobson
Words ByPhil Gould
A4Are You Hearing (What I Hear)?
ClavinetPete Wingfield
Recorded ByDick Plant
Words ByPhil Gould
B1You Can't Blame Louis
Words ByPhil Gould
B2Eyes Waterfalling (The Prodigy)
Words ByPhil Gould
B3Shapeshifter
B4The Chinese Way
Words ByPhil Gould
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Comes with a lyric inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout stamped variant 1): POLD 5067 A // 1 ∇ 420 H TOWNHOUSE 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout stamped variant 1): POLD 5067 B // 1 ∇ 420 H TOWNHOUSE 11 1
  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout stamped variant 2): POLD 5067 A // 1 ∇ 420 H TOWNHOUSE 1 1 3 1
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout stamped variant 2): POLD 5067 B // 1 ∇ 420 H TOWNHOUSE 1 1 29

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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The Pursuit Of Accidents (LP, Album, Reissue)Polydor2383 649Germany1982
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The Pursuit Of Accidents (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor2383 649France1982
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The Pursuit Of Accidents (LP, Album, Stereo)Polydor2383 649Netherlands1982
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The Pursuit Of Accidents (Cassette, Album, Black tape)Polydor, PolydorPOLDC 5067, 3170 649UK1982
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The Pursuit Of Accidents (LP, Album, Stereo)PolydorPD-1-6359US1982

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  • GOODGROOVECIRCLE's avatar
    Edited 2 months ago
    Album No.2 not counting “The Early Tapes” which was from 1980 but released in March 1982 after Polydor bought the masters from Elite.
    This one is a slight turn towards more radio friendly songs and the production is a little slicker than the debut, which it’s better in some ways. The opener “Weave Your Spell” has a lead vocal from Mike Lindup and is a fantastic catchy single. The title track itself is an instrumental and boasts some of Mark Kings best playing. His bass throughout the album is fluid, fiery and extremely energetic.
    It reminds me of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a fusion unit from the U.S.
    “Last Chance” is another fine pop song is “Are You Hearing What I Hear?” One of my favourites is “You Can’t Blame Louis”, a dark tale of a small town boy that high ambition let down. “Eyes Waterfalling” is a highlight with its incredibly fast bassline which never falters. The guitar arpeggio reminds me of the late John McGeoch from Sousxie & The Bandhees. King has cited him as an influence his playing was so unique.
    Brian May of Queen has name checked him also. It is also incredibly sung live! Phew!
    “Shapeshifter” is a little mellow and flags a bit but the album ends on a high with “The Chinese Way” which was another single.
    It’s a fine album and one of my favourites but then again every Level 42 album is different and a masterpiece of insane chops and songwriting within itself!
    The Gould brothers also deserve mention as Phil Gould is a very fine and capable drummer who never gets in the way. His brother, the late Boon, is also a fine guitarist. And last but not least, the fifth member, keyboard impresario, Wally Badarou.
    • 2112adrian's avatar
      2112adrian
      Great Album, Level 42 are quite different on this from their later stuff, less pop more Jazz/Funk. This UK pressing POLD 5067 is a great pressing, clear dynamic and low noise (providing it is in good condition).

      The track 'The Pursuit Of Accidents' is one of my go to tracks whenever I have changed any element of my deck or system as it is complex in places, dynamic and has great width in the soundstage.

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