In the summer of 2014, the Levellers issued a comprehensive greatest hits package, bringing together almost all of their single releases and promo videos in one place. Following a few festival shows, the band’s full tour staged at the end of the year was to be a celebration those hits to date. Tours often gain that certain something extra after a few shows, but right from this first night in a provincial theatre on the Kent coast, it’s clear from about three songs into their ninety minute set that Brighton’s favourite sons are on fine form.
Following clips with Billy Bragg and Imelda May, the Levellers have released another new video collaboration. This time, their guest is folk-punk hero Frank Turner who puts his own stamp on the band’s 1993 number ‘Julie’.
Following the promo clip for ‘Hope Street’ with Billy Bragg, the Levellers present another new video in the run up to the release of their expansive ‘Greatest Hits’ anthology.
Taking one of their best known hits, the band give ‘What a Beautiful Day’ a makeover with Imelda May. The official promo clip can be seen in full below.
In the 1970s greatest hits collections were a quick way for record companies to bundle together previously released material under the pretence that it was a celebration of a band’s career up to a particular point. These were not usually so much a celebration as a way to make a quick buck, but whatever the justification, such releases rarely troubled the more serious record buyer. In the late 80s, the game changed when record companies began to pad such collections out with two or three unreleased tracks, not only ensuring the collection of singles would sell to a more casual listener, but also hoping it would tempt the long term fan into that extra purchase. Such practice became common.
To help promote their upcoming extensive anthology the Levellers have issued a new video clip featuring the legendary Billy Bragg.
The atmospheric, sepia toned clip features the musicians in the studio, performing their new collaboration – a re-recording of the Levellers 1995 hit ‘Hope Street’. The collaboration is one of four new songs from the upcoming greatest hits set, the other new tracks featuring vocals and musical input from Imelda May, Bellowhead and Frank Turner.