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Labour Of Love III

UB40 Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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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

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating a division April 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album seems to have created a rift in the UB40 fan base. It seems that people either think it is a rip-off, or a work of genius. It would be interesting to know the age and background of the people who have voiced an opinion, but my guess is as follows. Those in their late 30's and 40's (myself included) who grew up with reggae in the late 60's and 70's and have followed UB40 from the late 70's will see this as one of their best albums. Far better than volumes 1 and 2 (which I still think are well worth listening too) and on a par with 'Signing Off', 'Promises and Lies' and 'Guns in the Ghetto'. Younger people, and those on the fringes of reggae in the 60's and 70's - and this is in no way meant to be offensive - will probably not like it so much. It is not as 'light and fluffy' as the previous 2 LoL's with the possible exception of 'Come Back Darling' which will bring back wonderful memories to those of us who remember the original.
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Labour of Love of Money April 12 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The original Labour of Love was a fantastic album, a work of true enthusiasm, with a noticeable reverence for the songs that UB40 were re-recording. It was, truly and obviously, a labour of love for them.
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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars LABOUR OF LOVE 3 - MUSIC KEEPS GETTING BETTER Dec 17 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
UB40 have continued making records that stand out as classics.This particular one in the Labour Of Love series is without doubt a masterpiece. They continue to find old and sometimes unheard reggae masterpeices and cover them into versions that sound better only when they do it.There are a few well known reggae classics covered re: the Marley and Tosh tracks which signifies the bands appreciation for the two men.Also, Holly Holy,track one on the cd is an old Neil Diamond song, which the band were not even aware belonged to Diamond. This album brings together youth and adult...and undoubtedly,contributes to the great music we're hearing in the 90's. (no not the rap stuff!) The added incentive with this album is that,their fan base keeps getting bigger as the band grow older. And ofcourse if you're fortunate to see them perform live, you will be treated to 100% music that makes the audience feel as much part as the band are.
Well done UB's...you've done another masterpeice and have complimented reggae music more than any other after Marley!
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4.0 out of 5 stars They Did It Again. April 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to reggae for over 20 years, and this is a good CD. Not as immediately accessible as the first two "Labour of Loves", but a solid effort. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. Don't give up after one listen. "Holly Holy" is weak, and no one should try to cover Bob Marley or Peter Tosh ("Soul Rebel" and "Legalize It"), but the rest sounds real good to me. "Come Back Darling", "Mr. Fix It" and "Someone Like You" stand out. I just wish they'd list who the original artists were. A note: If you can find original versions of the "Labour of Love" songs, they're usually worth buying. You can tell the band's heart is in the right place and you get an interesting perspective as to where they're coming from. One Love!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Labour of love III is awsome June 17 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
No other band in the world has reproduced better the rich Jamaican music we know as Reggae. This album is UB40's musical essence. it's a true labour of love, nothing to envy from their previous two. To tell you the truth is contagious. It's so contagious that sometimes I really believe is better than all their other masterpieces. I reccomended with 6 stars but here they only have 5. UB you did it again. PLEASE PLEASE don't ever quit do Labour of love 4,5,6,7 but don't ever quit. your music is always great. I'm so excited because I'll be in their concert this thursday in Orlando (June 24) I'll be rocking and jamming. People I swear you'll have a smile of satisfaction after buying this CD. No regrets.
Romantic hot-blooded rythmic melodies that's UB40.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not as i expected March 25 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i am a die hard ub40 fan.. dont get me wrong... but the album isnt great at all. the only reason it gets 2 stars is because it has 2 compare with the other 2 Labour of Loves. it isnt even close.. those of you who have been listeng to their music for years will only come 2 enjoy tracks like "come back darling".."mr. fix it"...and maybe "cying over you" but the rest arent THAT great.. they are really superficial... "holly holy" isnt that good...even though its hyped up.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER FINE CLASSIC!
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 more
Published on Sept. 30 2000 by ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com
4.0 out of 5 stars The first five tracks worth the whole album!
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 more
Published on Sept. 17 2000 by Michael K. Hestness
5.0 out of 5 stars They did it again
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 more
Published on June 1 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars hats of to UB
I got turned on to the band back in "82" and sure the sound has changed,Thats way there still here. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2000 by "docdunn"
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, I Miss the Old UB's
I miss the old UB40 stuff you could skank to. The beats on this album's tracks are too "club" for me. Read more
Published on July 31 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars SELL-OUT
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 more
Published on July 21 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is 100% Perfection! - Huge Roots & Dancehall Fan
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 more
Published on July 17 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album from UB40
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 more
Published on July 15 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars GREED IS GOOD, GREED WORKS
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 more
Published on July 10 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for anyone looking for a nice change...
The most misunderstood band in the US music world. Perfect for if you're tired of everything else out there. Read more
Published on May 31 1999
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