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Matt Phillips’ Level 42 On Track is the first in-depth study of Level 42’s catalogue.
A track by track, album by album investigation into the band’s eclectic body of work, it includes recording information, musical analysis, studio gossip, and contributions from Mark King and Gary Husband.
Additionally covering the solo projects of the band’s many members, this is an essential guide for fans as well as those interested in the wider musical landscape of the 1980s and 1990s.
Encompassing eleven studio albums - including twenty UK top 40 hits and two US top twenty singles - Level 42’s output defined a particular 1980s musical approach, but also reflected the individual members' musical virtuosity and refined tastes (with influences coming from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Return To Forever and The Mahavishnu Orchestra).
Matt Phillips has been a Level 42 fan since seeing the band perform The Chinese Way on Top Of The Pops in January 1983. He is the founder of movingtheriver.com and soundsofsurprise.com, has contributed to various magazines including Classic Pop and Jazzwise and won the inaugural Write Stuff award for jazz writing. Matt has been Universal Music’s jazz catalogue manager and Jazz FM’s web editor, and written the liner notes for Miles Davis, Tony Williams and Billy Cobham DVDs and CDs. As a multi-instrumentalist, Matt has performed extensively in London and Europe, and co-written songs for Silver Sun. He lives in London.