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Promises And Lies [CD]

UB40 Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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UB40 have spent the last few years doing what many bands in such an exalted position would do. Having sold 50 million albums and become global superstars, they have spread their wings and diversified.

They have collaborated with Jamaica's dancehall legends and worked with the fathers of reggae. In 2003, they even recorded Swing Low, the anthem for the England rugby team's ... Read more in Amazon's UB40 Store

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  • Audio CD (12 July 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000000WJV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. C'est La Vie 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Desert Sand 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Promises and Lies 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bring Me Your Cup 5:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Higher Ground 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Reggae Music 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Now And Then 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Things Ain't Like They Used To Be 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. It's A Long Long Way 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sorry 4:270.99  Buy MP3 

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It's no coincidence that UB40's biggest hits and most pleasurable songs have been their reggae rock remakes of other acts' songs--Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine", Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe", the Chi-Lites' "Homely Girl", Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", and so on. Only one of the 11 numbers on Promises and Lies is a cover tune, but the band's remake of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" is a real treat. Featured in the film Sliver, the ballad gets a new momentum from UB40's horns and rhythm section and finds its obsessive quality reinforced by the reggae-dub echoes. The album also includes "Reggae Music", a delightful dancehall workout which neatly balances Astro's reggae toasting against Ali and Robin Campbell's sweetly sung pop soul hook. Unfortunately, the other nine songs are full of steady grooves and admirable sentiments but little in the way of melody or fresh ideas that might separate them from hundreds of similar reggae exercises. --Geoffrey Himes

Product Description

1 x CD Album
UK & Europe 1993

1C'est La Vie4:31
2Desert Sand4:48
3Promises And Lies3:38
4Bring Me Your Cup5:41
5Higher Ground4:21
6Reggae Music4:06
7Can't Help Falling In Love3:27
8Now And Then3:40
9Things Ain't Like They Used To Be4:01
10It's A Long Long Way4:29

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars In the true UB40 tradition 21 Mar 2007
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
I'm a big UB40 fan and I can easily say this album represents the best of their studio work. The band has been haunted by the commercial success of their cover hits but this album clearly demonstrates that they can write and arrange great original work. "Things ain't like they used to be" is one of the best UB40 singles never released. Other standouts include "Promises and Lies", C'est Levie", "Higher Ground" and the two last tracks. Overall, one of the 90's most underrated classics. The Elvis remake of 'Cant Help Falling In Love' is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best UB40 album yet 17 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This really is the best UB40 album short of their best of collections- it might be even better, because you hear the true reggae rhythms UB40 excel at, rather than the safer pop-Reggae mix record producers know will boost sales. It is a testiment to this album that six of the songs (out of 11) find themselves onto the best of UB40 vol. two, three of them onto the Very Best of UB40, and three were remixed on the Fathers Album in 2002.
Widely regarded as the best UB40 album, if not ever, than certainly of the 1990s, the only competition coming from Labour of Love 2. This album proves UB40 do not need to cover songs to produce great tracks- higher ground in particular is an amazing tune, and it really took me by surprise that it was written by the boys from Birmingham themselves- the same goes to Bring me Your Cup. Aside from that, c'est la vie and promises and lies add the conscience of this collection, sorry and a long long way add the energy. Can't Help Falling in Love is the track many people will recognise, but it is by far not the best tune on this album.
If you like UB40, buy this album. If you like Reggae of any form, buy this album. That's all there is to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars promises and lies 25 July 2013
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i really love this album, it has hit tracks like bring me your cup and higher ground, one of my UB40 favourite albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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great cd in excelent condition, fast delivery and great value for money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 18 May 2014
By mavis
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again this is a great album got it for a present wanted to keep it myself i didnt but i would buy another
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5.0 out of 5 stars Promises and Lies by UB40 11 Mar 2014
By Bernie
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I love this CD, I had it on tape years ago and kept meaning to order it on CD so that I could hear it again. Although I love all the songs on it I do have my favourites for eg. Bring me your Cup, Reggae Music and Can't help falling in love are a so catchy but I can't fault this one it is great to listen to any time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 28 Feb 2014
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it's brilliant! Ali Campbell made Promises & lies for, it brings back so many memories for me promises & lies really stands out for me anyway.
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