Labour Of Love I CD (1997)

Artist: Ub40

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Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60074420
UPC 077778641223
UPC 14 00077778641223
Format CD
Release Date 3/11/1997
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Author Ub40
Compilation Appearance Frequency 99-Hits Of The 90's
Compilation Appearance Forever Neil Diamond / Variou
Compilation Appearance Pretenders:singles
Compilation Appearance Labour Of Love Iv
Compilation Appearance A m 50:Anniversary Collection
Associated Artist/Work Rabbit Ears
Artist Influence Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Influence Bob Marley
Artist Influence Eric Donaldson
Artist Influence Honey Boy Martin
Artist Influence Hopeton Lewis
Artist Influence Jimmy Cliff
Artist Influence John Holt (Vocals)
Artist Influence Johnny Nash
Artist Influence Ken Boothe
Artist Influence Lord Creator
Artist Influence The Melodians
Artist Influence The Paragons (Reggae)
Artist Influence The Skatalites
Artist Influence The Slickers (Reggae)
Artist Influence Toots & the Maytals
Artist Influence U-Roy
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Technical Info
Engineer Howard Gray
Producer Ray "Pablo" Falconer; UB40
CatalogID DEPCD 5
Lable Name Virgin/DEP International
Released 01/30/1984
Original Release 1983
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code AAD
Length 39m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00077778641223
Album Notes and Credits
UB40: Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell (vocals, guitar); Astro, Norman Hassan (vocals, percussion); Brian Travers (saxophone); Michael Virtue (keyboards); Earl Falconer (bass); James Brown (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Josh Fifer (trumpet); Jackie Mittoo (keyboards); Ruby Turner, Jackie Graham, Mo Birch (background vocals).
This is UB40's "tribute" album with cover versions of their favorite songs from 1969 through 1972.
Personnel: Ali Campbell , Robin Campbell (vocals, guitar); Norman Hassan (vocals, percussion); Jack Graham , Mo Birch, Ruby Turner (vocals); Brian Travers (saxophone); Josh Fifer (trumpet); Jackie Mittoo, Michael Virtue (keyboards); Jim Brown (drums); Astro (percussion).
Illustrator: David Dragon.
A victim of both overexposure and embracement from privileged hedonists around the globe, UB40's Labour of Love is still a near perfect album, one filled with warmth and an infectious love of the music it's covering. Then there's that reggae version of "Red Red Wine" that spills out of yachts, frat parties, soirees by the pool, water parks, and just about anywhere there are sun-seeking tourists. Delivered with a drunken sway, the band's cover of the Neil Diamond favorite also features a new toasted/rapped break in the middle, which comes courtesy of UB40 MC Astro and adds so much mirth and fun to the number that Diamond lifted it for his own live show. Even if omnipresence has since made it pop-reggae's "Don't Worry Be Happy," the U.K. crew's version is in the Jamaican tradition of covering sweet, soothing tunes that pre-date lovers rock, plus the rest of this all-cover-versions album sticks with the classic reggae songbook, as even the Impressions' "Keep on Moving" is done in a style that honors the 1973 recording from Bob Marley & the Wailers. If "Red Red Wine" is effortless almost to a fault, Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" is performed with full heart and can rock the soul's foundation, while "Johnny Too Bad" is just spiky enough to bring reminders of the group's birth in the time and land of post-punk. Everything else is A- at worst, and the end-to-end LP flow is classic while recontextualizing "Red Red Wine" for the better. Put it on at a party and spill beer on it if you must, because the resilient Labour of Love is true sweetness and light. ~ David Jeffries
Artist Overview
Rising to prominence in the '80s, reggae ambassadors UB40 were not only the first British reggae band to achieve mainstream pop crossover success, but essentially the only reggae artists after the Wailers to break through to worldwide audiences in a major way. Though their later work was softened a bit with pop production, they always paid homage to their roots; their seminal album Labour of Love is strictly covers of reggae classics, whose original performers they'd later collaborate with on new recordings.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone - ranked #98 in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Albums Of The Eighties" survey. (November 89)
Disc 1
1 Cherry Oh Baby
2 Keep On Moving
3 Please Don't Make Me Cry
4 Sweet Sensation
5 Johnny Too Bad
6 Red, Red Wine
7 Guilty
8 She Caught The Train
9 Version Girl
10 Many Rivers To Cross

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