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In a now familiar tale, I was watching Top of the Pops on BBC 4 with a few cans of high-quality IPA, a band I liked came on, and I indulged in a little drunk Discog-ing.

I watched an edition from 1984, and Level 42 was climbing the charts with their funky hit ‘Hot Water’. That was all the inspiration I needed to start hunting down some albums.

After some searching, hampered by an alcohol-muddled brain, I settled on a ‘Best Of…’ I had on tape in the late 80s. I’m returning for the individual albums at some point, but this had ‘Hot Water’ on it, along with all their biggest hits.

‘Running In The Family’? Check! ‘Something About You’? Check! ‘Children Say’? Check! ‘Lessons In Love’? Check! ‘The Sun Goes Down’? Check!

It even includes some of the more interesting if less well-known tracks like ‘Starchild’ and ‘Love Games’ along with a couple of slowies in ‘It's Over’ and ‘Leaving Me Now’.

The Discogs seller graded the vinyl as near mint, and he wasn’t lying; it sounds unplayed. The cover has a bit of honest wear, but despite this, the record is worth every penny of the £7 (delivered) I paid.

If you fancy a copy, plenty are available on Discogs and eBay, touch lucky, and you could end up with a decent copy like this.

Tracks To Try: Any of them.


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