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Signing Off [CASSETTE] Import


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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 Cassette (8 Feb 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EF6P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tyler
2. King
3. 12 Bar
4. Burden of Shame
5. Adella
6. I Think It's Going to Rain Today
7. 25%
8. Food for Thought
9. Little by Little
10. Signing Off
11. Madam Medusa
12. Strange Fruit
13. Reefer Madness

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
UB40 have been on the go for over 3 decades now but for me their debut album was the best. Signing Off (with its brilliantly symbolic front cover) is quite simply a sonic masterpiece. This is all the more remarkable when you consider the very young age of the band members at this stage and the basic technology used to record it all.

There's no poor track here. Every offering is a high watermark and there's quality throughout in the songwriting and musicianship (particular credit to Brian Travers on sax and Jim Brown on drums). Even the instrumentals are excellent ("12 Bar", "Adella", "25%" and "Reefer Madness").

UB40 are also known for their skill in reworking old tracks and modernising them - note that there's only 2 covers here though ("I Think It's Going To Rain Today" and "Strange Fruit").

There is much discussion today about multicultural Britain. These guys were 30 years ahead of their time and showed the sonic power in fusing a variety of styles.

Incidentally, sadly (at the time of writing) Gary Tyler (subject of the opening track) is still in prison in Louisiana.

Here's some anecdotal background info about this album from the book
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite UB40 album, it sounds as though they're playing in your living room, very rootsy and Earl on Bass in pumping it very loudly. I truely believe that this album ranks alongside all-time reggae classics from Marley, Dennis Brown. This album opened up the way for a lot of artists in the UK to follow suite. Ali's voice sounds excellent and the band as a whole sound raw and full of genuine energy. There are so many highlights on this album (every instrumental for instance), but if I was forced to pick just one, it would have to be the fantastic King - a moving tribute to Martin Luthur King.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Lawrence on 4 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
UB40'S Signing Off has always been one of my favourite albums of all time, with classic songs such as "King", "Food For Thought", "Tyler", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" amongst others. This 30th Anniversary Edition is an excellent package, containing the original album remastered, a 2nd disc of B-sides, 12" Mixes and BBC Radio 1 Sessions and a DVD featuring the videos to the singles, debut appearance on BBC'S "Top Of The Pops" T.V show and the "Rock Goes To College" concert. Also inside is a booklet with the story behind the making of the album and comments from the band members. This is a fantastic collectors item.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By salopian on 12 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
before they settled into a blander niche, ub40 were a mighty british reggae band with the avowed intention of bringing dub into the charts and the mainstream. how they succeeded! tyler, king, food for thought and burden of shame were heartfelt political statements of their time set to infectious grooves,weird echoey dubs and ali`s unique vocals. the standout track has to be "madam medusa" which is the finest anti-thatcher record ever(they encored with it at glastonbury 1983 a few days after the tories election victory, introducing it as more relevant than ever), almost 13 minutes long with one of the longest and most atmospheric dubs ever committed to record- simply outstanding and worth the price of the cd on it`s own. signing off is simply one of the finest reggae albums ever made,totally unique and never bettered- buy it.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
The first album, complete with the contents of the free ep record that was slipped in with the original LP.
A reminder of what a great band this was before it became the Reggae equivalent of Status Quo.
Fabulous songs beautifully presented. All that lush saxaphone riffing and passion.
A mighty rhythm machine. The only UB40 album you need.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By redk11 on 13 Jun 2009
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Fantastic musical start to the Eighties, lyrics so relevant at the time, echo today's current political mess, this was a brilliant 1st album, brings back many great memories, PUNK, then Ska & 2 tone, wow
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Captain on 24 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is by far UB40's best album. I bought this album when it was first released on vynal and brings back happy memories. The CD starts off with the superb Tyler which sets the standard for the rest of the set. The extras include 12 inch versions of the hits and tracks not included on the original album (Dream a Lie, The Earth Dies Screaming). The DVD is a bonus as this includes a 45 minute live set from televisions Rock Goes to College and the group perform the songs with energy and enjoyment.
I already had an old copy of Signing Off on CD but decided to buy this Deluxe Edition because of the extras included and I am very glad that I did. I cannot recommend this highly enough and if you have an old copy of Signing Off, sell it and buy this Deluxe Edition - you won't be disappointed.
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