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The Very Best Of
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
It might not be roots, but UB40 has mellow pop reggae down to a T. This hit-packed compilation includes their early ska-based songs King and Food For Thought, plus all their later successes. Most of their biggest hits were covers of older classics, but they always did a good job in the interpretation. Red Red Wine, for example, is absolutely brilliant and the same can be said for Kingston Town, Cherry Oh Baby and I Got You Babe with Chrissie Hynde on guest vocal. I also love the humorous Rat In Mi Kitchen and their excellent interpretation of The Doors’ Light My Fire. Although not completely comprehensive, this compilation offers excellent value for money in that these tracks really were their greatest hits from a 20-year career. There’s not one filler track and every song is catchy and hummable. If you like your reggae melodic and mellow, this album is a must.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2001
For me, UB40 are at their very best when writing their own material. But there are certain exceptions to that rule - Red Red Wine, Can't Help Falling In Love With You. UB40 are a band who remain true to their roots, still living in Birmingham, they also remain close to their musical roots and give due respect to their idols. This album represents a commercial Best Of, songs which have either sold by the bucket loadand is guaranteed to make you dance and sing along. The perfect album by a vastly underrated band, to introduce someone to UB40, every song is infectious and you'll play it again and again.
For me, the highlight is Sing Our Own Song, a tribute to the Freedom fighters primarily in South Africa, but could also apply to other oppressed parts of the world. This is followed closely by King, which is in a word - SUPREME.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2000
Having been a UB40 fan for 15 years, I decided to buy this album the day it was released, even though I had all the songs on other albums. This album really does show how talented this band really are. Their new single "Light My Fire", is an outstanding contribution to the album, which I am sure will do well when released as a single.
For any UB40 fan this album is a must and for anyone else, buy it you will not be dissapointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2009
This album really is the best of.... None of the rubbish thrown in to make up the numbers.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
It's compilation time again. This is UB40's third pre-Christmas greatest hits album, but that does not detract from the quality of the content. The Birmingham based reggae band have released a definitive collection from a twenty year career that has produced three UK number 1's and thirty four Top 40 hits.
This 20-track CD collects together the pick of The Best of UB40 Volume One and Volume Two, released in 1987 and 1995 respectively. It also features recent hits such as 'Tell Me Is It True' and 'Come Back Darling', as well as their new single - a cover of the Door's classic 'Light My Fire'. The compilation comes at a time when Virgin hope to raise the profile of the band, ahead of the release of an album of new material some time in the new year.
For anyone vaguely interested in UB40, this is indeed a worthy introduction to their music. Hits from the three popular Labour of Love albums are featured, including 'Red Red Wine', 'Kingston Town' and the gorgeous 'Homely Girl'. Other cover versions include their rendition of 'I Got You Babe' and the world wide hit from the summer of 1993, 'Can't Help Falling In Love'.
However, this CD does much to shatter the myth that UB40 are nothing more than a cover band. Twelve of their finest self-penned compositions are included, which serve to highlight the bands' song-writing abilities. From the early years comes their first single 'Food For Thought' and 'King', whilst the album opens with the anti-unemployment hit 'One In Ten'. Other classics include 'Don't Break My Heart' and the African liberation anthem 'Sing Our Own Song', which was performed live at the Nelson Mandela concert at Wembley in 1988.
The distinctive voice of singer Ali Campbell takes the lead on most tracks. However, the toasting vocals of Astro feature on 'Bring Me Your Cup' and 'Rat In Mi Kitchen'. Long-standing fans of the band will be critical, no doubt, of the absence of some of UB40's other classics, especially more of the political songs of their early years. Yet this CD is intended to represent the wider appeal of one of Britain's most successful, and often underrated, groups. For two decades UB40 have built up a fan base from all ages, races and social groups, selling nearly 50 million records in the process.
Whether you are new to their music or not, The Very Best of UB40 is an album that will look good in any Christmas stocking this year, and will delight listeners both old and young.
Steve Cummins, October 2000
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This is a really good album full of timeless hits. Bought the album and (thanks Amazon) I didn't have to wait for it to turn up as I also got the MP3 version for free.

UB40 is one of those bands that simply 'click' with the listener and, what I found most enjoyable on listening to them all over again, was the, sometimes very subtle, harmonies. Whilst often quite simplistic, the arrangements work and they work very well.

Recommended for all
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on 5 October 2011
I saw UB40 at Cropredy 2011 and loved them. I went straight home to listen to my old vinyl copy of signing off. I then ordered the best of. I think I still prefer the vinyl copy of signing off but this is a great compilation of the best of with all the good early tracks. Some of the later ones are not as good which is a shame as some of the more recent UB40 offerings and their live performance remain outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2014
A great compilation CD covering all their best tracks and more. Just what I wanted.
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on 3 December 2012
I hugely enjoyed Signing Off and the first couple of Labour of Love albums; then a few weeks ago, for some unknown reason, One in Ten entered my head and wouldn't leave. So I bought the album. Five stars for that track alone, but because the rest of the album doesn't quite match it, I've given it four.
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on 8 June 2014
I know so many of these tracks and yet don't really see myself as a reggae or rhythm and blues or whatever sort of person - just someone who likes popular music. Surely you can't get more popular than this collection of hit after hit...What a collection and what great value too. Highly recommend.
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