Labour of Love 3
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|1. Holly Holy|
|2. It's My Delight|
|3. Come Back Darling|
|4. Never Let You Go|
|5. Soul Rebel|
|6. My Best Girl|
|7. Good Ambition|
|8. The Train Is Coming|
|9. Blood And Fire|
|10. Mr Fix It|
|11. Stay A Little Bit Longer|
|12. Someone Like You|
|13. The Time Has Come|
|14. Crying Over You|
|15. Legalise It|
This band of Birmingham, England, roots rockers launched the Labour of Love cover series to show their devotion to the mid-'60s-to-early-'70s period in Jamaican music, when ska was slowing down to become bass-led rock steady. Soon after that, innovations in the drumming style helped create the next mutation, reggae, but UB40 still can't get enough of that wonderful rock-steady stuff. Since their list of top favorites numbers upwards of 200 titles, this series should last as long as they do. Volumes 1 and 2 spun off huge hits "Red Red Wine," "The Way You Do the Things You Do," and "Here I Am." Volume 3 packs guaranteed boomshots in "Holly Holy" and "Mr. Fix It." Some grouse that this band--the biggest reggae outfit in the world in terms of sales--is ripping off the music of black Jamaican artists. But reggae transcended national borders a long time ago, and UB40 have a stack of thank-you letters from artists they've covered in the past, names such as Honey and Winston Groovy, who were grateful for the recognition--not to mention the publishing fees! --Elena Oumano
Top Customer Reviews
I used to hear UB40 practicing in the Eagle and Tun in Birmingham - and I saw them in concert in Philadelphia last year. They are professional to the core and would never produce a rip-off album. Everything they do is a true labour of love, and much as I oppose their pro-drug stand I hope they continue to produce a mixture of original music and cover versions for many years to come.
Volume II did not succeed quite as well, but still had enough fire and quite a few very good tracks to make it a great album, too.
Now here we are at Volume III, and it appears to me that UB40 are just trying to milk their most successful formula for all that it's worth. The enthusiasm is gone. The band is just going through the motions. And if you have ever heard Neil Diamond's version of "Holly Holy" on Hot August Night I, you can instantly tell the lack of intensity and feeling in UB40's version.
And what's with this Neil Diamond fixation, anyway? I mean, I like Neil (at least, old '60s and early '70s Neil), but come on! Hey guys, for Labour of Love IV, how about doing a reggae-fied version of "You're So Sweet, Horseflies Keep Hangin' 'Round Your Face," and then calling it a day?
Well done UB's...you've done another masterpeice and have complimented reggae music more than any other after Marley!
Romantic hot-blooded rythmic melodies that's UB40.
its just they seem 2 have lost their touch... sorry 2 say. but its and OK album.. nothing compared to the first 2 Labour's.
Most recent customer reviews
UB40 returns with the third volume of the classic LABOUR OF LOVE series. Surprisingly the album remains just as enjoyable and unique as the first two. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2000 by email@example.com
I have to disagree with some of the other reviewers about the sound of this album. It is true to their similar style on previous albums. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2000 by Michael K. Hestness
I've got every UB40 album, and I love them all, including this one. I can't believe these guys are still going strong--it must be their music (so chill) that's keeping them... Read morePublished on June 1 2000
I got turned on to the band back in "82" and sure the sound has changed,Thats way there still here. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2000
I miss the old UB40 stuff you could skank to. The beats on this album's tracks are too "club" for me. Read morePublished on July 31 1999
I saw Ub40 play live in Kiel, Germany in 1980 and in Stockholm, Sweden in 1981 and since then I became a Ub40 fan. I saw them live in 1985 and in 1987 too. Read morePublished on July 21 1999
This album is most definetly a labour of love again, and it again shows how diverse and creative UB40 truly are and they have a brand new style, that is very 90's. Read morePublished on July 17 1999
They still have it going on. Their music always makes me happy (it's the reggae). (Their concert was great too). One of my favourite songs of the album is Mr. Read morePublished on July 15 1999
From the band that gave us the classic Signing Off, Present Arms, Rat in the Kitchen albums I think it is sad that the bands "lyric skills" are forever lost. Read morePublished on July 10 1999