Seek and ye shall find. Without fail the blogosphere has delivered a copy of the new UB 40 album that many die hard fans i. As a big fan diehard would too strong a word I have always followed the band through the ups and downs of their career. He has wide-ranging musical tastes, from reggae to soul to opera. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Reggae pop dub.
I lived in Balsall Heath in South Birmingham which was a predominantly immigrant area. The first generation of Windrush kids were all my friends, and I grew up with Indian and Jamaican friends.
Current touring musicians Laurence Parry — trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone September — present Martin Meredith — saxophone, keyboards July — present Tony Mullings — keyboards February — present Former touring musicians Henry Tenyue — trombone September — September Patrick Tenyue — trumpet September — September Percussion trombone vocals. Main article: UB40 discography. Archived from the original on 14 August The Times. The News. Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 18 December BBC News. Random House.
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This track and the remaining five self-composed tracks were all concerned with social and political issues:. The album's release was preceded by two double A-sided singles. It topped the independent music chart for three months, reached number 4 in the main UK singles chart , and went on to sell nearly half a million copies, having been certified silver for sales of , copies in May Upon the single's release "Food for Thought" gained more radio airplay than "King" — speaking about the single in , Bob Lamb said, "'Food for Thought' was actually the B-side of 'King' originally: although it was a double A-side 'King' was always going to be the main song, but the DJs picked up on 'Food for Thought' because it was quicker and chirpier, more dancey, more of a radio track.
Although this was the band's second single before the album was released, "My Way of Thinking" was not included on the album, despite gaining far more radio airplay and television exposure than "I Think It's Going to Rain Today": however, by the time of the album's release the group had come to dislike "My Way of Thinking", with singer Ali Campbell describing the song as "awful". The original vinyl release of Signing Off consisted of a ten-track LP played at the standard 33 rpm plus a three-track 12" record played at 45 rpm which contained the tracks "Madam Medusa", "Strange Fruit" and "Reefer Madness".
On the cassette version all thirteen tracks were split over the two sides of the cassette. When the album was issued on CD for the first time in , it contained all thirteen tracks of the LP and cassette versions.
The latter two songs were released as UB40's third single another double A-side two months after the release of Signing Off , and were written and recorded at the same time as the album. For a short time in —82 in Australia, the original album was released with a bonus 45 rpm single containing these two tracks, packaged in an identical smaller version of the album cover.
In , to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album's release Virgin Records reissued the album as a three-disc two CDs and a DVD "Collector's Edition", with extensive liner notes by Birmingham-born journalist Peter Paphides. To tie in with the 30th anniversary reissue, the band announced a concert tour where they would perform a first set of the album in its entirety, followed by a second set of other hits.
It was a statement by the band of leaving behind the world of unemployment and of their arrival on the music scene. The artwork was created by brothers Geoffrey and David Tristram : Geoff went on to become an artist and novelist, while David became a comic playwright. The album was extremely well received and lauded by the UK music magazines at the time of its original release.
Sounds awarded Signing Off five stars out of five, claiming that "it is an almost perfect album It's rare to find a debut album so detailed, so excellently played and so packed with bite — I sometimes think it hasn't really happened since The Clash.
Their radical sentiments and trenchant lyrics are given all the more force by the soft-fist of UB40's measured musical delivery The music might be mellow, but the hard-backed sentiments are hardly those of the nice reggae band you may have pigeonholed the UBs as.
Certainly the music of UB40 benefits far more in both quality and quantity from the exacting freedom of an LP than any of their close contemporaries More recent critical reviews show the album remains highly regarded. Allmusic said "Their rhythms may have been reggae-based, their music Jamaican -inspired, but UB40 had such an original take on the genre that all comparisons were moot Their music was It's hard to believe this is the same UB40 that later topped the U.
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