This is not the Official UB40.
By Gavin Showell
This album is NOT the Official UB40 (as far as i am concerned) because Ali Campbell, Michael Virtue and Astro have left the Official band between the years 2008-2013. When you permanently leave a music band, you also have to give up the rights to using the band’s name.
The Official UB40 is the band with Duncan Campbell as lead singer, taking over from Ali Campbell. And backing vocalist Robin Campbell. I have met THIS Official band in person.
This is just my own personal opinion. The 1 star is because I have to put something to post this comment.
Loving it 😃
Not even the REAL UB40, The real UB40 album for 2018 is out next month!
And quite possibly the worst reggae album I’ve ever heard!
JOB WELL DONE
AMAZING LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT . HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE FAN OF THE BAND KNOWN AS UB40 AS FAR AS WAY BACK WHEN , HAVE GOT TO TO GIVE IT TO ALI , ASTRO AND MICKEY YOU GUYS HAVE DONE IT AGAIN FOR ANOTHER JOB WELL DONE . CHEERS GUYS
Ub40 4 ever
By aaaaaa"itz gonzo
Tunes tunes tunes, keep it coming, never stop, keep the reggae coming, and I’ll never drop.👌👌
Album title describes listening experience
First off let me say I'm a long term fan of all things UB40, it's great to hear Ali's voice along with Astro.
But this album sounds cheap, like they are singing along to a synth, where's the proper brass section? The Campbell brothers need to sort out their differences and reunite the full band again as this is just lacking, expected much got little, dissappointed.
If you want a great reggae listen buy Holly Cook's latest album instead, it's sublime.
Quite Disappointing :-(
By Reggae Lion
I'm quite disappointed with this album overall.
Whilst it's nice to hear the voices of former UB40 vocalists Ali Campbell & Astro it's really let down by the poor production and lack of any real musical depth.
Ali's solo releases have often been hit-n-miss but his previous LP (Silhouette) was a step in the right direction, even the acoustic album he released had some enjoyable moments but this album feels like he's taken ten steps backwards.
The choice of songs covered on this "Labour Of Love" aren't really part of the problem, (although why on earth would anyone mess with Barrington Levy's classic "Here I Come" I'll never know!), the selection includes some true Reggae classics like Gregory Isaacs' "Rumours", Ken Boothe's "Moving Away" & Culture's "International Herb".
The problem is that it literally sounds like Ali & Astro are singing over those terrible karaoke backing tracks you can find on iTunes or Spotify that are used by those one-man pub tribute acts.
Where's the powerful horn section? Why is all the drum & bass so basic, computerised and repetitive? Why would Ali release an album this disappointing and stamp the name UB40 on it when it does not have that true 'UB40' sound?
If you haven't heard the original versions of these tracks then do yourself a massive favour and please go check them out!
Major improvements are required by Ali & his production crew to raise the bar musically if they want to replicate the original UB40 sound and to remain relevant within modern Reggae music.
By Paul from southampton
I’ve always loved those guys but I feel the music is so poorly produced on this album
Like it’s been rushed
Some of the music is so basic my kid could have done it on a xylophone or a cheap keyboard
Some of the songs are great vocally
But the rest feels lazy
Nowhere near the quality you guys have produced in the past
And I’ve listened at least 10 times before writing this
Re produce the music and then release again
I like most
Just not the production
Back on form
Great selection of tunes from the 80s. Album lives up to its name! Can’t wait to see you guys on 19 March!
killed some classic tunes - you should leave the classics alone.