|Influences (US edition)|
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|Comments:Mark King's critically acclaimed (9/10 in Blues & Soul) but commercially doomed 1984 solo album Influences was unleashed on an unsuspecting US market in 1987. Updated with new cover artwork, featuring an image from the 1987 It's Over video, the album failed to chart.
In an unusual manner for 1984, Mark King laid down vocals, basses, guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion himself, one track at a time; designed to give a 'live' feel.
As the title suggests, the album was heavily influenced by Mark King's musical upbringing. I Feel Free, a cover of the Cream classic, being the most obvious example.
Guests on the album included Drummie from Aswad and Level 42 stable-mate Mike Lindup although the album was predominantly King's own instrumentation.
This US edition only appeared on compact disc and is incredibly hard to obtain. It surfaces once in a blue moon on Ebay and changes hands for around £50.
Paul Waller (February 2007)
1. The Essential
2. Clocks Go Forward
3. I Feel Free
4. Pictures On The Wall
5. There Is A Dog
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