The move enabled the band to operate on their own terms as far as possible. The spare space that remained was given over to other Brighton musicians and small craft businesses. The album was released in September and charted at No. Buoyed by the initial success, manager Phil Nelson persuaded China Records to advertise the album on television and, unusually, the album reached No. The third single released from this album took the Levellers to their first Top of the Pops appearance, playing the tongue-in-cheek drinking anthem "Just the One" whilst dressed in tuxedos.
It reached No. This was recorded by the BBC with eight songs being broadcast at a later date on Radio 1. The album reached No. The band returned to the studio through late and early when the album Mouth to Mouth was recorded. Their first gigs in several months coincided with the Labour Party 's landslide general election victory on 1 Mayone being held Dog Train - The Levellers - Mouth To Mouth (CD Manchester Academy and a second at London's Brixton Academy the following night. These gigs previewed several new songs including "What a Beautiful Day", which became the first single release from Mouth to Mouth and reached No.
The song a beautiful day inspired by the champagne hockey played in wimbledon utilising the lesser known formation of Album) saw the band play at various festivals in the UK and Europe including a return to Glastonbury Festival, playing an afternoon slot on the Pyramid Stage. The album spawned several more singles, "Celebrate", "Dog Train" and "Too Real", the last of which had an accompanying video directed by cult film director, Alex Cox.
The album was a traditional "greatest hits" package of the hit singles, with two new songs, "Shadow on the Sun" and "Bozos". A limited edition digipak format was released with an extra five-track CD of "acoustic" versions. A long and successful tour across the UK followed in November and December. However, the last two dates at Brixton Academy and the planned homecoming at Brighton Centre had to be postponed when Jon Sevink fell ill.
These dates were rescheduled for February The release Dog Train - The Levellers - Mouth To Mouth (CD the greatest hits album was accompanied by a video collection of promos, also called "One Way of Life: The Very Best of The Levellers", and the band's official biography written by George Berger entitled Dance Before the Storm. The Levellers played only a handful of live dates in During this time out of the limelight there was a significant change at their record company as China Records was bought by major label Warner Brothers.
Work eventually began on a new studio album, Hello Pig. The band drafted in Mark Walliswho had worked with Oasis amongst others, to produce the record. This was an obvious change in direction, and the resulting complex production coloured the album. Just before the album's release the band promoted their own "OTF Weekender". This was held on the Isle of Wight with two big shows at the Ryde Ice Arena and a "secret" acoustic show held at a much smaller venue.
Hello Pig was released on Monday 4 Septemberand went to No. It received possibly the best critical acclaim the band had yet received, but was less popular with existing fans. With the relative commercial failure of the album, the band and the record company severed their relationship by mutual agreement. Despite the downturn in record sales, the Levellers performed a heavy gig schedule through late and This included a return to the United States as a stripped down version featuring only Chadwick, Friend and Sevink playing acoustic shows in Februarywith the same trio returning to play a lengthier tour in June the same year.
In earlytheir focus returned to making new music with Al Scott returning as producer. After the recording was completed, the band played a short UK tour of smaller venues to preview the new songs, and they were well received by the fans and heralded as a "return to form".
Meanwhile, after contemplating releasing the new material on their own Hag label, the band eventually signed a new deal with Eagle Records. Green Blade Rising originally a title of one of the Levellers' earliest songs was released in September and also failed to reach the Dog Train - The Levellers - Mouth To Mouth (CD 40 of the UK Albums Chart. Meanwhile, the band were growing weary of the existing UK Album) scene and decided to put on a festival of their own. This would be a return - as far as UK legislation would allow - to the earlier festivals that the young Levellers had enjoyed, such as Elephant Fayre.
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