Staring at the Sun (Level 42 album)

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Staring at the Sun
Studio album by Level 42
Released September 1988
Recorded Recorded at Miraval, France
Engineered and mixed by Julian Mendelsohn
Engineers assistant - Jean Lamoot Mastered at The Townhouse by Kevin Metcalfe
Genre Pop rock
Length 43:42
Label Polydor Records
Producer Wally Badarou, Level 42, Julian Mendelsohn
Level 42 chronology
Running in the Family
(1987)Running in the Family1987
Staring at the Sun
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars link
Smash Hits 2/5 stars[1]

Staring at the Sun is the eighth studio album released by the British jazz/funk band Level 42, in 1988. The album includes the singles "Heaven in My Hands" (UK No. 12), "Take a Look" (UK No. 32) and "Tracie" (UK no. 25).

This is the first Level 42 album not to feature brothers Phil Gould and Boon Gould, although Boon did write the lyrics to six of the songs. They were replaced by British guitarist Alan Murphy, who had collaborated with Go West and singer Kate Bush, and drummer Gary Husband, who had been a member of the band Morrissey–Mullen. This would be the only Level 42 album on which Murphy would appear, as he died only a year after its release from complications related to HIV/AIDS.

This album was not as successful as its predecessors, reaching again the Top 5 in the U.K. but missing the Billboard 100 in the U.S. Internationally, it reached the Top 10 in several countries, but ultimately had a lesser impact on the charts than the band's two previous albums.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heaven in My Hands" (King, R. Gould) – 4:39
  2. "I Don't Know Why" (King, R. Gould) – 4.22
  3. "Take a Look" (King, R. Gould, Lindup, Badarou) – 4:41
  4. "Over There" (King, Lindup) – 3:59
  5. "Silence" (Lindup) – 4:56
  6. "Tracie" (King, Husband) – 4:53
  7. "Staring at the Sun" (King, R. Gould, Badarou) – 4:39
  8. "Two Hearts Collide" (King, R. Gould) – 4:10
  9. "Man" (King, R. Gould, Badarou) – 7:23
  10. "Gresham Blues" A (King) – 5:43

A Available on the CD and cassette only


Level 42


Charts positions[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Year Album Chart Peak position
1988 "Staring at the Sun" UK album charts #2
1988 "Staring at the Sun" US Billboard 200 #128

Single charts[edit]

Year Song Chart Peak position
1988 "Heaven in My Hands" UK single charts #12
1988 "Take a Look" UK single charts #32
1988 "Tracie" UK single charts #25


  1. ^ Smash Hits, October 1988 link

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