Classic 80s Albums- Running In The Family (1987)

Running in the Family is the seventh studio album by British band Level 42, released in 1987. It features the UK hit singles: “Lessons in Love” (which reached No. 3 in May 1986), “Running in the Family” (No. 6 in February 1987), “To Be with You Again” (No. 10 in April ’87), “It’s Over” (No. 10, in September 1987) and “Children Say” (No. 22 at the end of 1987). All five singles peaked in the top 10 in the Netherlands. “Lessons in Love” peaked at #1 in Germany, South Africa, Switzerland and Denmark. This was the last Level 42 album of the 1980s to feature brothers Phil (drums) and Rowland ‘Boon’ Gould (guitar), who had cited dissatisfaction with the musical direction of the band and exhaustion as departure reasons.

Later in 1987 the Platinum Edition of the album was issued. The CD and cassette versions replaced “Lessons in Love”, “Running in the Family” and “It’s Over” with remixed versions, and added remixes of “Something About You” and “World Machine” from Level 42’s previous album. On vinyl the remixes were featured on one 33rpm record which was shrink-wrapped to the standard edition of the album.

The bands best selling and most loved album, with some excellent songs and big top 10 hits, still one of my favourites of the whole decade. 9/10

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