Level 42 discography

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Level 42 discography
Studio albums 11
Live albums 8
Compilation albums 6
Video albums 8
Music videos 22
EPs 1
Singles 33

Since 1980, British pop musical group Level 42 have released 11 studio albums. The band's latest was Retroglide, released in 2006. The group have one Top 10 hit on the American Billboard Hot 100 chart ("Something About You") and six top 10s on the British UK single charts ("The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)", "Something About You", "Lessons In Love", "Running in the Family", "To Be With You Again" and "It's Over"). Level 42 have sold 31 million units worldwide.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Release Peak chart positions
[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
Certifications
UK GER SWI AUT NLD SWE NOR US NZ
Level 42 20 5 43 UK: Silver
Strategy / The Early Tapes
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
70
The Pursuit of Accidents
  • Released: 1982
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
17 27 31 UK: Silver
Standing in the Light
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
9 27 31 25 UK: Gold
True Colours
  • Released: 1984
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
14 23 14 12 29 17 UK: Silver
World Machine
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
3 12 14 14 11 21 39 18 18 UK: 2x Platinum
Running in the Family
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
2 4 4 4 3 6 4 23 6 UK: 2x Platinum

GER: Gold

Staring at the Sun
  • Released: 1988
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
2 8 6 21 1 10 5 128 UK: Gold
Guaranteed
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
3 31 7 39 UK: Silver
Forever Now
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: RCA
  • Formats: CD, LP, cassette
8 24
Retroglide 78 92

Live albums[edit]

  • 1985 - A Physical Presence
  • 1986 - Live at Wembley
  • 1996 - Live at Wembley
  • 2005 - Live at the Apollo, London (Re-released in 2007 on one CD - 2 tracks omitted, diff order) (NK)
  • 2005 - Greatest Hits Live Tour
  • 2005 - The River Sessions (Live 18/09/83 by Radio Clyde) (NK)
  • 2007 - Live at Reading (Greatest hits performed live in Reading 2001) (NK)
  • 2007 - Retroglide Live
  • 2009 - Live in Holland 2009
  • 2013 - Live from Metropolis Studio (Live 10/12/11 - CD/DVD) (NK)
  • 2015 - Sirens Tour - Live (Live 05/09/15 Indigo o2 Arena) Released via level42.com 04/12/15 (NK)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1989 - Level Best
  • 1992 - The Remixes (NK)
  • 1993 - On a Level (NK)
  • 1996 - The Remix Collection (NK)
  • 1998 - The Very Best of Level 42
  • 1999 - Classic Level 42 - The Universal Masters Collection
  • 2002 - The Ultimate Collection (2 CD)
  • 2004 - The Ultimate Collection - Sound and Vision Deluxe (2 CD + 1 DVD) (NK)
  • 2005 - The Ultimate Collection II (3 CD - Netherlands) (NK)
  • 2006 - The Definitive Collection
  • 2007 - Past Lives – The Best of the RCA Years
  • 2007 - Weave Your Spell: The Collection
  • 2007 - The Silver Collection (NK)
  • 2010 - Living it Up - Level 42 30th Anniversary 4CD Box Set
  • 2010 - Lessons in Love (4 CD)
  • 2010 - Lessons in Love: The Collection (2 CD) (NK)
  • 2013 - Level 42 - The Acoustic Album
  • 2016 - Collected (3 CD) (NK)

Extended plays[edit]

  • Sirens (2013)

Singles[edit]

Top 40 singles[edit]

Between 1980 and 1994, Level 42 had a total of 30 singles, 20 of those reaching the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart. In the US, only two songs made the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
[10]
NLD US
"Love Games" 1981 38 4
"Starchild" 1982 17
"The Chinese Way" 1983 24 45
"The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" 1983 10
"Micro-Kid" 1983 37
"Hot Water" 1984 18 4
"The Chant Has Begun" 1984 38
"Something About You" 1985 6 33 7[11]
"Leaving Me Now" 1985 15 27
"Lessons in Love" 1986 3 2 12[12]
"Running in the Family" 1987 6 3
"To Be With You Again" 1987 10 10
"It's Over" 1987 10 8
"Children Say" 1987 22 8
"Heaven in My Hands" 1988 12 4
"Take a Look" 1988 32 15
"Tracie" 1989 25 16
"Take Care of Yourself" 1989 39 14
"Guaranteed" 1991 17 20
"Overtime" 1991 51
"Forever Now" 1994 19 25
"All Over You" 1994 26
"Love in a Peaceful World" 1994 31

Complete singles[edit]

Year Title Album Peak chart positions
UK
[10]
US US Dance SWI
[13]
GER
[14]
NOR
[15]
SWE
[16]
AUT NLD NZ
[17]
1979 "Sandstorm"A The Early Tapes
1980 "Love Meeting Love" 61
"(Flying on the) Wings of Love"
1981 "Love Games" Level 42 38 7
"Turn It On" 57
"Starchild" 47 60 24
1982 "Are You Hearing (What I Hear)?" The Pursuit of Accidents 49
"Weave Your Spell" 43
1983 "The Chinese Way" 24
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind" Standing in the Light 41
"The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" 10
"Micro-Kid" 37
1984 "Hot Water" True Colours 18 87 10 3
"The Chant Has Begun" 41
1985 "A Physical Presence" World Machine 87
"Something About You"B 6 7 4 32 10
"Leaving Me Now"B 15 33 35
1986 "World Machine" (remix) 23
"Lessons in Love" Running in the Family 3 12 12 1 1 10 2 4 2 18
1987 "Running in the Family" 6 83 5 12 7 12 12 3 9
"To Be with You Again" 10 29 39 6 20
"It's Over" 10 7
"Children Say" 22 9
1988 "Heaven in My Hands" Staring at the Sun 12 20 22 10 7
"Take a Look" 32 14
1989 "Tracie" 25 14
"Take Care of Yourself" Level Best 39 11
1991 "Guaranteed" Guaranteed 17 51 13
"Overtime" 62
1992 "My Father's Shoes" 55
1994 "Forever Now" Forever Now 19 51 31
"All Over You" 26
"Love in a Peaceful World" 31
2006 "The Way Back Home" Retroglide
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

A - 1100 white label records released commercially - Level 42 provided the B-side. A-side 'Journey to...'(sic) by 'Powerline'. The release was purely commercial, the 'white labels' were used to give the record 'underground' credibility.

B - "Something About You" and "Leaving Me Now" both charted on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #10 and #32 respectively. "Something About You" also hit #45 on the U.S. Album Rock Tracks chart.

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Song length Director Album Notes
1982 "Are You Hearing (What I Hear)?" 03:44 David G. Hillier The Pursuit of Accidents unreleased
1982 "Weave Your Spell" 04:01 David G. Hillier The Pursuit of Accidents unreleased
1983 "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" 04:36 M.D. Phillips Standing in the Light unreleased
1983 "Micro-Kid" 03:44 David G. Hillier Standing in the Light -
1983 "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" 03:47 David G. Hillier Standing in the Light -
1984 "Hot Water" 03:32 David G. Hillier True Colours -
1985 "The Chant Has Begun" 04:05 David G. Hillier True Colours -
1985 "Something About You 03:46 Stuart Orme World Machine -
1985 "Leaving Me Now" 3:26 Nigel Dick World Machine -
1986 "Lessons in Love" 04:04 Stuart Orme Running in the Family -
1987 "Running in the Family" 03:56 Stuart Orme Running in the Family -
1987 "To Be With You Again" 04:00 Peter Christopherson Running in the Family -
1987 "It's Over 04:34 The Molotov Brothers Running in the Family -
1987 "Children Say" 04:41 The Molotov Brothers Running in the Family -
1988 "Heaven in My Hands" 04:08 Steve Barron Staring at the Sun -
1988 "Take a Look" 04:35 David Hogan Staring at the Sun -
1988 "Tracie" 03:21 David Hogan Staring at the Sun -
1989 "Take Care of Yourself" 04:27 David Hogan Level Best -
1991 "Guaranteed" [version 1] 03:56 The Mill Guaranteed -
1991 "Guaranteed" [version 2] 04:27 The Mill Guaranteed -
1991 "Overtime" 03:51 Steve Graham Guaranteed -
1992 "My Father's Shoes" 04:12 Steve Graham Guaranteed -
1994 "Forever Now" 04:20 Nigel Simpkiss Forever Now -
1994 "All Over You" 04:07 Nigel Simpkiss Forever Now -
1994 "Love in a Peaceful World" 04:17 Jeff Baynes Forever Now -

Videos[edit]

  • 1987 - The Family of Five
  • 2003 - The Collection
  • 2003 - Live at Reading UK
  • 2003 - Live at Reading Concert Hall
  • 2003 - Level 42 Live Apollo 2003
  • 2005 - Live at Wembley (1987)
  • 2005 - Level 42 at Rock Palast (1983/1984)
  • 2006 - Retroglide Tour

References[edit]

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  12. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 1987-06-27. Retrieved 2016-04-27. 
  13. ^ "Switzerland Charts". Switzerland official music Chart Positions. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2006-09-16. 
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  15. ^ "Norway Charts". Norway official music Chart Positions. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  16. ^ "Sweden Charts". Sweden official music Chart Positions. Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
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