The Early Tapes

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The Early Tapes (July/Aug 1980) aka Strategy
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Studio album by Level 42
Released March 1982
Recorded July - August 1980
Genre Jazz-funk, dance-rock, jazz fusion
Length 41:44
Label Polydor
Producer Andy Sojka, Jerry Pike
Level 42 chronology
Level 42
(1981)Level 421981
Strategy
(1982)
The Pursuit of Accidents
(1982)The Pursuit of Accidents1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Q 3/5 stars[2]

The Early Tapes (July/Aug 1980), also known as Strategy, is the second album released, but first to be recorded, by the British group Level 42. Originally recorded for Elite Records, the band subsequently signed to Polydor, who bought the masters from Elite and issued it in March 1982. It features Level 42's first two singles - "Love Meeting Love" (UK #61) and "Wings of Love".

Tracks[edit]

  1. "Sandstorm" (Badarou, King) – 4:41
  2. "Love Meeting Love" (Gould, King) – 6:24
  3. "Theme to Margaret" (King) – 3:59
  4. "Autumn (Paradise Is Free)" (King) – 4:45
  5. "Wings of Love" (Badarou, Gould, Gould, King) – 6:58
  6. "Woman" (Lindup) – 4:38
  7. "Mr. Pink" (Badarou, King) – 5:08
  8. "88" (King) – 5:11

Personnel[edit]

Level 42
  • Mark King – bass guitar, percussion, vocals on "Love Meeting Love" & "Autumn (Paradise is Free)", chant vocals on "88"
  • Mike Lindup – keyboards, percussion, vocals on "Wings of Love", chant vocals on "88"
  • Boon Gould – guitars, alto saxophone
  • Phil Gould – drums, percussion

with:

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 70

Release history[edit]

Year Type Label
1982 LP Polydor
1986 LP Polydor
1986 CS Polydor
1986 CD Polydor
1990 CD Polygram
1993 CD Polydor
2004 CD Universal/Spectrum
2006 CD Universal
2007 CD Polydor

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cooper, William. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  2. ^ Ian Harrison Q, May 2007, Issue 250.

External links[edit]