Standing in the Light

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Standing in the Light
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1983 (UK)
Recorded1983 at The Complex, Los Angeles and Marcus Recording Studios, London
GenrePop, jazz-funk, dance-rock
ProducerLarry Dunn, Verdine White (except "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" by Wally Badarou)
Level 42 chronology
The Pursuit of Accidents
Standing in the Light
True Colours
Singles from Standing in the Light
  1. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"
    Released: April 1983
  2. "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)"
    Released: July 1983
  3. "Micro-kid"
    Released: October 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Blues & Soul Magazine9/10 link

Standing in the Light is the fourth studio album released by the British jazz-funk band Level 42. The album, released in 1983, generated the group's first top 10 in the UK album charts, peaking at #9. The album was well received by critics and fans.

'I liked this album very much and will not reduce its validity with excessive praise or multiple adjectives. I would, however, strongly recommend that you at least give it the benefit of your considered opinion.'

The album was released in many countries beyond the United Kingdom, in Greece, Germany (peaked in #27 on charts), Sweden (peaked in #25 on charts) Japan, Canada, United States and Middle East.

The first single, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind", originally produced by Wally Badarou, was released only in the United Kingdom and ranked #41 on the United Kingdom charts. For the album version the song was remixed and a new lead vocal recorded. The second single "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" was released in the United Kingdom, Oceania and other parts of Europe and America and gave the group its first top 10 in the United Kingdom. The third single "Micro-kid" peaked at #37 on the United Kingdom single charts. On the final track "The Machine Stops", the lyrics are inspired by the science fiction story of the same name written by E. M. Forster in 1909.

The album was released again in 2000 with bonus tracks in a 2-CD compilation with the album "The Pursuit of Accidents" in the United Kingdom by the label Polydor.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Micro-kid" (Wally Badarou, Mark King, Phil Gould, Brian Taylor, Allee Willis) – 4:44
  2. "The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)" (Badarou, King, Mike Lindup, P. Gould) – 4:15
  3. "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" (P. Gould, King, Lindup, Boon Gould) – 5:12
  4. "Dance On Heavy Weather" (King, P. Gould, Lindup, Taylor, Larry Dunn, Verdine White) – 4:27
  5. "A Pharaoh's Dream (Of Endless Time)" (King, P. Gould, Lindup) – 4:21
  6. "Standing in the Light" (King, P. Gould, Badarou) – 3:42
  7. "I Want Eyes" (King, P. Gould) 4:59
  8. "People" (Lindup) – 4:55
  9. "The Machine Stops" (King, P. Gould, Badarou) – 4:15


Level 42



Chart positions[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Year Title Chart Peak Position
1983 "Standing in the Light" UK album charts #9

Single charts[edit]

Year Title Chart Peak Position
1983 "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" UK single charts #41
1983 "The Sun Goes Down (Living it Up)" UK single charts #10
1983 "Micro-kid" UK single Charts #37

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