Letters from the Underground [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

Letters from the Underground [Deluxe Edition] [2 CD]

by The LevellersThe Levellers
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Overview

Letters from the Underground was the Levellers' 13th album since they burst onto the punk-folk scene in 1990 with their debut, A Weapon Called the Word. No longer a group to rush into the studio when the bandmembers felt they had something to say, by 2008 the Levellers preferred to gig live and face their audience directly. In fact, this was their first album to chart since 2000's Hello Pig and the first on their new record label, On the Fiddle Recordings, which seemed apt -- as most of the songs were dominated by the sound of Jon Sevink and his fiddle. The Levellers had always been a more refined English version of the Pogues with the same Celtic music roots and political edge, but without Shane MacGowan's distinctive vocal style. As for the songs on Letters from the Underground, "Heart of the Country," "Accidental Anarchist," and "Burn America, Burn" were aimed squarely at the Kaiser Chiefs' singalong-style football-terrace crowd, the latter song being the introduction to the album, offered as a free download single two months before the release of the full-length. They had not forgotten their political roots, however, singing about the London bombing in July 2005 on "Behold a Pale Rider," the situation in Darfur on "The Cholera Well," and their feelings about the Virginia Tech shootings on "Death Loves Youth." A return to form for the Levellers, but by 2008 the mainstream world had moved on and somewhat left them behind. [In 2017, Letters from the Underground was reissued in a two-CD Deluxe Edition with a 17-track bonus disc featuring B-sides, demos, and collaborations previously unavailable on CD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 5053760009887
catalogNumber: 5044203

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Levellers   Primary Artist
Charlie Heather   Group Member
Mark Chadwick   Group Member
Jeremy Cunningham   Group Member
Jon Sevink   Group Member
Simon Friend   Group Member
Matt Savage   Group Member
Pete Murray   Didjeridu
Stephen Boakes   Background Vocals
Fi Axford   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Marriott   Composer
Ronnie Lane   Composer
Scott   Producer
Dave Farrow   Engineer
Charlie Heather   Composer
Mark Chadwick   Composer
Jake Rousham   Engineer
Jeremy Cunningham   Composer,Artwork
Jon Sevink   Composer,Producer
Simon Friend   Composer
Steve Moore   Engineer
Matt Savage   Composer
Sean Lakeman   Producer
Francois Hall   Artwork
Tobias May   Engineer
Lois Chadwick   Engineer
Laura Farrow   Engineer
Jamie Archer   Band Photo

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