Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Track Of The Day: Levellers ft. Frank Turner - 'Julie'

The Levellers are without a doubt one of the greatest and most powerful bands of the last 30 years. Hugely influential musically, the folk-punk legends celebrate 25 years on the music scene with the release of a new 'Greatest Hits' collection. In support of the album, the band will embark on a UK tour with support from the brilliant She Makes War, and ska legends The Selector. Out on September 29, the album will be available as a 2CD/DVD package, which will bring all the Levellers’ singles and videos together on one album for the first time. If you pre-order the album from HERE, you get your copy signed by the band. And for an incredible price, you can also download a 148 TRACK deluxe digital edition of the album, which also features B sides, rarities, remixes and cover versions. And if you know the Levellers like I do, you will also know that many of those rare tracks are classics in their own right.

An interview that I did with frontman Mark Chadwick last week will be coming to these pages very soon, but in the meantime have a listen to this powerful reworking of the band's incredible 1993 hit 'Julie', where they are joined by none other than Frank Turner, an artist who regards the Levellers as a massive influence. A press release describes it as "bringing us back full circle for another generation of the disenfranchised to discover the Levellers for the first time." 
Weirdly enough, the first time I ever saw Frank playing live was when he was supporting the band at a Bristol gig back in 2008 or 2009, and was one of about 12 lucky people in the small assembled crowd...

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