A Weapon Called the Word

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A Weapon Called the Word
Studio album by The Levellers
Released April 1990
Recorded 1990
at Loco Studios, Wales
Genre Folk rock
Label Musidisc
Producer Phil Tennant
The Levellers chronology
A Weapon Called the Word
Levelling the Land
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Released in April 1990, A Weapon Called the Word was the debut full-length album by The Levellers. The album contains re-recorded tracks from the band's first two E.P. recordings: Carry Me E.P. (upon which the tracks "Carry Me" and "England My Home" were originally released) and Outside/Inside E.P. (which contained "Outside/Inside", "Barrel of the Gun" and "I Have No Answers"). The band did not re-record the track "The Last Days Of Winter" from the Carry Me E.P. despite the fact the album's title A Weapon Called The Word is taken from that song.

Two versions of the album exist: the original 1990 release which has 12 tracks (the first twelve listed below) and a 1996 re-release by Musidisc which added two live recordings of the band's guitarist/vocalists Mark Chadwick and Simon Friend plus a remix of the track Three Friends to the end of the album.

This album is noteworthy in the Levellers' catalogue for being the only full-length album to feature the musical input of Alan Miles, who played guitar, harmonica and mandolin and supplied backing vocals as well as contributing musical arrangements. For future Levellers albums, he is replaced by Simon Friend on vocals and multi-instrumentals.

The 1996 re-release credits Simon Friend in the liner notes despite him not being a band member at the time of recording. This is due to the added live tracks Social Insecurity and Cardboard Box City being written and sung by Simon.

A Weapon Called the Word has achieved Platinum record status despite never having appeared in the album charts, a rare feat reflecting steady and consistent sales rather than strong initial sales. Only World Freakshow was released as a single, as Musidisc's alleged mismanagement of the promotion and pressing of the single led the Levellers to part company with the label shortly after release.

Track listing[edit]

  • All band members are given writer's credits on all the tracks.
  1. "World Freakshow" – 3:29
  2. "Carry Me" – 4:57
  3. "Outside/Inside" – 2:57
  4. "Together All the Way" – 4:16
  5. "Barrel of the Gun" – 2:49
  6. "Three Friends" – 4:20
  7. "I Have No Answers" – 4:10
  8. "No Change" – 3:24
  9. "Blind Faith" – 3:50
  10. "The Ballad of Robbie Jones" – 2:40
  11. "England My Home" – 3:38
  12. "What You Know" – 4:03
  13. "Social Insecurity (live)" – 2:46
  14. "Cardboard Box City (live)" – 4:05
  15. "Three Friends (remix)" – 5:34



  • Tim Lewis – Mighty wurlitzer
  • Phil Tennant – Guitar
  • Simon Friend – Vocals and guitar on bonus tracks (13 and 14)

Technical staff[edit]

  • Phil Tennant – Production
  • Tim Lewis – Engineering
  • The Yes/No People and Andy Boucher – Remixing of track 15 for 1996 re-release