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Labour Of Love

Ub40 Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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8. She Caught The Train
9. Version Girl
10. Many Rivers To Cross

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UB40 are not great innovators, but they are great imitators, and, in a sense, Labour of Love made them the Pat Boone of reggae. Featuring a handsome and clean-cut (by reggae standards) white singer, Ali Campbell, UB40 covered Jamaican standards and turned millions of Americans and Europeans on to another form of black music. Interestingly enough, the album's smash hit, "Red Red Wine", was a cover of a rocksteady cover of a Neil Diamond track. Being that UB40 had the pick of the reggae litter, Labour of Love is chock full of stellar material. From Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" to the Melodians' "Sweet Sensation" to Johnny Clarke's "Keep On Moving", Labour of Love still serves as an excellent reggae starter kit. -- Bill Crandall

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reggae Feb. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've heard volume II long before this album, except for "Red Red Wine". I'd have to say that both are equally brilliant. Whether cruising down the road on a sunny day or frustrated with the same-old, same-old on the radio, this disc hits the spot! I was told that I wouldn't like this volume because it was more reggae than Labour of Love II, but that turned out to be incredibly wrong. There's tracks every bit as enjoyable as "The way you do the things you do". "She caught the train" and "Version girl" are a couple of my favorites. Ali Campbell is a talented singer and the group has wonderful chemistry. I'm a little disappointed with Labour of Love III, though. It's no where near the same level as the first two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential vacation CD July 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
Since I first bought this and took it to a fraternity weekend way back in 85, I have never taken a vacation and not taken this with me. I saw them live in London in 82 and was a fan of Present Arms and their original stuff before this album which was much more political and heavier. They lightened it up with this one and the magic was with their labor of love. They have yet to repeat this alchemy since being taken over by the "lighter side".
Speaking of light, at only 39 minutes, it's a short one. For my latest road trip I've burned it to another CD with their Greatest Hits Vol. II (everything fits except for the last track of GHII).
Did I mention Labour of Love is catchy as all get out?
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST OF THEIR CAREER Nov. 2 2000
Format:Audio CD
Out of all three albums in UB40s' Labour Of Love series this very first one is most defintley the very best with a complete run of classic sounding reggae tracks. RED RED WINE is perharps the most instantly memroable song on the album but running closley behind that is the excellent JOHNNY TOO BAD. That song has to be one of the very best in their career to date. A real gem! Ali Campells vocals are crystal clear and strong on every track and the highlights also include MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, SWEET SENSATION, PLEASE DON'T MAKE ME CRY and SHE CAUGHT THE TRAIN. Possibly the greatest album of their career to date. Its certainly a delight to listen to. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PURE LISTENING PLEASURE May 26 2000
Format:Audio CD
I grew up listening to reggae, and love any form out on the market, so its not difficult to Class UB40 as one of my all time favourite bands.
No they are not original, but the cover versions they play have there very own unique flavour, one I wholeheartedly enjoy. My favourite song would have to be Version Girl, its so pleasing on the ear that you cant help but love it, Ali Campbells smooth vocals seem to slide around you closing your eyes to enjoy it further.
If you want to listening to something thats not going to destroy your eardrums or make you puke with sentiment then this easy listening CD is definately for you, sit back relax and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have. May 15 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
...This album is one of my favorites. So much so that I wore out my original vinyl. Before Punk had the stronghold in the 80's, a more subtle, accessible style emerged from Jamaica. It took hold in the UK. Bands such as The English Beat, The Clash, & The Police would take inspiration from this style and lead us years later to the alternative scene we take for granted today. The original release of this record is 8-10 years before RED RED WINE would find US radio rotation. UB40 compiles their strongest inspirations from Jamaica. This is the British homage to the Jamaican originals. This is a special record. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Serves a purpose...barely July 30 2001
Format:Audio CD
Like the Blues Brothers, the main purpose of UB40 is to introduce listeners to music they might not be familiar with. It is then hoped the listener will go out and find the original material, and then you would see that this is a pallid imitation. When you realize this band's best cover is a Neil Diamond tune on a CD with Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff songs, you see how authentic UB40 really is. To their credit, just due is given to the original artists in the liner notes. If you like this CD do yourself a favor, and listen to the original recordings.
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