Friday, 28 March 2014

REWIND: Levellers - 'Four Winds'

An underrated track from an underrated album by a VERY underrated band. I've been a fan of folk-rock Levellers since hearing their awesome 'Just The One' single in 1995. I got the cassette single as one of my Christmas presents that year and also loved the B sides. This particular track is from the 2002 album 'Green Blade Rising', where the band found themselves on an independent label once again after parting ways with China Records. Not a lot of people know this, but the Levs scored more gold and platinum albums than any other British act during the 90s. Still one of the best live bands around, the Levellers are on a UK tour throughout May, June and July. Shows include stops at venues in Frome, Wick, Worthing, Aberdeen and Worthing. A full list of dates can be found HERE

The band's own label On The Fiddle Records has also announced some releases for this year's Record Store Day. 'Carry Me', the band's first ever release is being re-issued as a limited edition, numbered 12” in its original artwork. Frontman Mark Chadwick is releasing a brand new solo single entitled 'Red Sky', with his second album ‘Moment’ due later this year. Also being released is a 7" single featuring the classic 'Dirty Davey', an uplifting, floor-stomping tale of death in police custody hasn’t lost any of its relevance in the 25 years that have passed since it first saw the light of day. Side 2 will feature the original version of the song by the brilliant McDermott's 2 Hours.

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