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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Named after the unemployment form in England, UB40 was never the most creative or talented group of musicians. However, what they lacked in talent they made up for with an uplifting spirit and genuine affection for reggae music. This is never more apparent than on their breakthrough album, Labour of Love, in which they cover the songs of their heroes. They try to recapture the spirit of early reggae by singing songs originally released before the international success of Bob Marley. They manage to inject their own exuberance into every song; for example, they transform Jimmy Cliff's mournful "Many Rivers to Cross" into an uplifting song of empowerment. The song for which ...
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All Music Guide - Vik Iyengar
Named after the unemployment form in England, UB40 was never the most creative or talented group of musicians. However, what they lacked in talent they made up for with an uplifting spirit and genuine affection for reggae music. This is never more apparent than on their breakthrough album, Labour of Love, in which they cover the songs of their heroes. They try to recapture the spirit of early reggae by singing songs originally released before the international success of Bob Marley. They manage to inject their own exuberance into every song; for example, they transform Jimmy Cliff's mournful "Many Rivers to Cross" into an uplifting song of empowerment. The song for which UB40 will always be known is their first number one hit in the U.S., "Red Red Wine," a cover of Tony Tribe's full reggae makeover of a Neil Diamond tune that miraculously turned the group into an international sensation. Although UB40 relies on standard reggae arrangements, this is their most enjoyable album as a result of the inspired vocal performances and the genuine joy they have for the music. A must-own for reggae fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778641223
  • Catalog Number: 86412
  • Sales rank: 13,923

Album Credits

Performance Credits
UB40 Primary Artist
Ruby Turner Vocals
Astro Percussion
Mo Birch Vocals
Jim Brown Drums, Group Member
Robin Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Earl Falconer Bass
Josh Fifer Trumpet
Jack Graham Vocals
Norman Hassan Percussion, Vocals
Jackie Mittoo Keyboards
Brian Travers Saxophone
Michael Virtue Keyboards
Ali Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Tiger Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
UB40 Producer
Ray Falconer Producer
Howard Gray Engineer
Leslie Kong Composer
The Slickers Composer
David Dragon Illustrations
Mansono Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really good music!!!!

    Plain and simple, but extraordinary music. Ub40 makes you wanna get up a get groovey with the beats in this one. Play it it in the car, or at home, at a house party, a wedding, or while washing the dishes. It goes great anywhere with anyone, and even makes the country music listeners nod their heads. Great music , great band.

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