Levelling the Land

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Levelling the Land
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Studio album by Levellers
Released 7 October 1991
Recorded 1991
at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey
Genre Folk rock
Length 44:33
Label China
Producer Alan Scott
Levellers chronology
A Weapon Called the Word
(1990)
Levelling the Land
(1991)
Levellers
(1993)
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Levelling the Land was released in 1991 and is the second full-length album by the Brighton folk-punk group The Levellers. The album reached number 14 in the British album charts and has since gained platinum status through ongoing sales. The original album pressing contained ten tracks but following the success of the single "Fifteen Years", the song was added as track three to later pressings.

This was the first Levellers album to feature the input of Simon Friend as songwriter, vocalist and musician. He replaced Alan Miles, who had sung and played guitar and mandolin on the previous album, A Weapon Called the Word. "Liberty Song" on this album was co-written by Miles.

Track listing[edit]

  • All band members are given writing credits on all the tracks.
  1. "One Way" – 4:08
  2. "The Game" – 3:28
  3. "Fifteen Years" – 3:11
  4. "The Boatman" – 5:56
  5. "Liberty Song" – 4:29 (co-written by original member Alan Miles)
  6. "Far From Home" - 3:22
  7. "Sell Out" – 4:17
  8. "Another Man's Cause" – 4:35
  9. "The Road" – 4:00
  10. "The Riverflow" – 3:02
  11. "Battle of the Beanfield" – 3:41

The 2007 re-issue of the album also included the bonus tracks:

  1. "Last Days of Winter"
  2. "Dance Before the Storm"
  3. "Hard Fight"
  4. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"
  5. "Plastic Jeezus"

A bonus live disc was recorded at Glastonbury in 1992:

  1. "The Game"
  2. "World Freak Show" (co-written by original member Alan Miles)
  3. "Dance Before the Storm"
  4. "The Boatman"
  5. "Far From Home"
  6. "Sell Out"
  7. "The Riverflow"
  8. "Battle of the Beanfield"
  9. "Jig/Three Friends"
  10. "Liberty Song"
  11. "One Way"
  12. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

Personnel[edit]

  • Mark Chadwick - Lead vocals, guitars, harmonica
  • Simon Friend - Backing vocals, lead vocals on tracks 4 and 11, guitars, mandolin, banjo, harmonica
  • Jeremy Cunningham - Bass guitar, album artwork
  • Jonathan Sevink - Fiddle
  • Charlie Heather - Drums/percussion
  • Alan Scott - Producer

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