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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1984
RecordedChipping Norton Recording Studios
GenreJazz funk, Jazz fusion, Blues Rock
ProducerJerry Boys
Mark King
Mark King chronology
One Man

Influences is the debut solo album by English musician Mark King, singer and bass player with Level 42. It was released by Polydor Records in July 1984.[1][2]

The album features a cover of the song "I Feel Free" by Cream, which was released as a single. King played most of the instruments on the album. Guest musicians include Level 42 keyboardist Mike Lindup and Drummie Zeb from Aswad, who played drums on "Clocks Go Forward".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Essential" (Mark King) – 18:32
  2. "Clocks Go Forward" (Mark King, R.Gould) – 5:20
  3. "I Feel Free" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 4:37
  4. "Pictures On The Wall" (Mark King, R.Gould) – 4:51
  5. "There is a Dog" (Mark King) – 6:26


  • Mark King – vocals, basses, guitar, keyboards, percussion and drums
  • Mike Lindup – Fender Rhodes, Yamaha DX7 and backing vocals
  • Gary Barnacle – electric sax, saxophone and flute
  • Steve Sidwell – trumpet
  • Adrian Lee – Wave PPG synthesiser
  • Drummie – drums on "Clocks Go Forward"
  • Bruce Dukov – violins
  • Francis Mitchell – cello
  • Mike Vernon, Jeremy Green and Linda Richardson – the choir on "The Essential"


  1. ^ "Mark King - Influences". Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Mark King Influences". Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ P, Matt (11 February 2015). "Level 42's Mark King talks about his "Influences"". Retrieved 4 June 2017.