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Old 03-27-2011, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Levellers divide opinion massively over here. Many love their simplistic approach to their music, fans and money earned (the band put all money earned into a fund which is then shared out between all members each day) whilst others disagree with the band milking their original 'squat' roots (all jackboots, scruffy clothes and dreadlocks) and using trad. folk instruments in their music such as the fiddle and mandolin.

However they still are festival favourites and have made some damn good tunes in their time.

Their music (posted on here by myself I must add) is a poor man's New Model Army with a DIY punk attitude mixed with Folk roots and political and social lyrics but it still stands up well considering they have been gigging for over 20 years now.

Their first 3 albums are definitely worth a listen and I do admire their defiant British sound although they have made a few forays into hit single territory

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Recommended albums:

A Weapon Called The Word (1990)
Levelling The Land (1991)
Mouth To Mouth (1997)
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow I really like it. I'm off to hunt me down a copy of Levelling the Land. Reminds me a bit of the band Carbon Leaf, but rawer and gruffer. For some reason I tend to really enjoy an English folk sound in music. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I thought those first two tracks were pretty decent but it was that third one, Another Man's Cause, that really got my attention. I just love the added touches of the harmonica and violin.

So, I guess it's whichever album that's off first then...
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I'm not the biggest levellers fan. But I have a couple of their CD's and I just love their songs Four Winds and Hard Fight
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I only have their best-of, One Way Of Life, but two songs I really like are





Their best-of is actually on one of the jukeboxes in my college.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I thought those first two tracks were pretty decent but it was that third one, Another Man's Cause, that really got my attention. I just love the added touches of the harmonica and violin.

So, I guess it's whichever album that's off first then...
That would be Levelling The Land. LMK if you need linkage.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That would be Levelling The Land. LMK if you need linkage.
Too late, I've already found it At 320kbps no less.

If I can remember to do so, I'll let you know what I think in this thread as soon as poss.
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Too late, I've already found it At 320kbps no less.

If I can remember to do so, I'll let you know what I think in this thread as soon as poss.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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This one is my favorite of theirs...granted I've only checked out Mouth to Mouth (thanks Lee! )

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Old 03-29-2011, 08:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow, from the description I wasn't sure if I'd like these guys but this is good stuff. They use those folk instruments to awesome effect!
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