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5.0 out of 5 stars Twentyfourseven: Deluxe Edition
UB40's official deluxe release of Twentyfourseven following the promotional preview freebie give away in The Mail on Sunday last month is a superb barrage of 17 reggae anthems, which includes collaborations with Maxi and Marvin Priest, and urban artists 1 Love and Rasa Don of Arrested Development and Hunterz.

UB40 are like a fine wine they get better and better...
Published on 15 Jun 2008 by Fazeley 92

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3.0 out of 5 stars not near as good as any other album
i have been a UB fan since 1981, and this shouts out cheep, without much thought going into the real UB feel, still Ali sounds as good as ever, shame the end of an era.
Published on 20 Jun 2008 by Mr. Mccarthy Charles


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5.0 out of 5 stars Twentyfourseven: Deluxe Edition, 15 Jun 2008
This review is from: Twentyfourseven (Audio CD)
UB40's official deluxe release of Twentyfourseven following the promotional preview freebie give away in The Mail on Sunday last month is a superb barrage of 17 reggae anthems, which includes collaborations with Maxi and Marvin Priest, and urban artists 1 Love and Rasa Don of Arrested Development and Hunterz.

UB40 are like a fine wine they get better and better with age and 30 years of fermentation has produced a marvelous vintage, an album with a colourful, intoxicating and fresh bouquet which kicks and punches hard.

The final album to feature the original line up with lead singer Ali Campbell and keyboard player Michael Virtue carries on from where they left off on their last album `Who You Fighting For', the bands political and social conscience aired with anti war sentiment is rife and relentless here.

But make no mistake this album delivers overwhelmingly musically, and will appeal to all music lovers not just the dedicated worldwide legion of UB40's fans, self proclaimed as `loonies', who despite the changes in personnel over the last few months have stood firmly by the most successful reggae act of all time. The free promo may have brought in a new audience who wish to get hold of the official release complete with all the new collaborations. A combination of bouncy catchy reggae songs, with a blend of dub and skank entwined with great lyrics, superb melodies and harmonies and the bands saxophonist Brian Travers' brass and strings arrangements that hit all the right buttons.

Like WYFF the political message could not be clearer, with the tracks `End of War', `Securing the Peace', `The Road', `Here We Go Again' and `Instant Radical Change of Perception'.

`End of War' calls for a withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan citing the conflict as foolish "how long can we sustain" and reached stalemate. The question of intention of this `war on terror' is posed again, with heavy casualties on both sides; the loss of innocent life is too high a price for so called freedom and liberation which in reality is just not happening.

The track `Oh America' is more blatant, an extended version of the promo issue and one of several collaborations on the album features 1 LOVE And Rasa Don Of Arrested Development and sung by the bands introvert bass guitarist Earl Falconer in a raga freestyle rant with an enhanced haunting vocal, the band accuse the US of arrogance, foolishness, and racism on subjects like global warming and the climate, Guantanamo, floods of New Orleans, foreign policy and their own judicial system, hinting at the continuing appalling situation of cases like Gary Tyler, the track goes further by insulting the stars and stripes. Highlighting a discrepancy in the American Constitution where race is still one of the big problems facing America. But the band is quick to point out that their frustration and anger is not leveled at ordinary Americans or their great country and flag, where UB40 have enjoyed huge popularity for decades, (something not many British artists can boast,) but firmly at the US political establishment and its corrupt leaders.
Falconer ends the track with a plea from the heart manifested in a burst of toasting which appeals to every decent American holding a vote for the nearing election to "stand up firm mi say stand up strong" and do the decent thing motivating a change of course for the Superpower. The real possibility of a black Democratic President holds hope for entire mankind not just Americans. The sentiment being there is real hope for all Americans to rid themselves of this arrogant and evil regime which has clearly encouraged more hatred towards America and given a recruiting surge for terrorists. The song will appeal to the growing anti war feeling amongst Americans particularly with those who have loved ones who have died or are still in combat.

The plight of Gary Tyler is revisited in `Rainbow Nation' 30 years on from their original protest on their first album Signing Off, of the black American imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, sentenced by a racist judge and jury. A sense of hopelessness at this case in particular, where there was so much hope and expectation for justice, yet nothing has changed and an innocent man is still imprisoned.
Dance until the Morning Light (the double a-sided single) with `Lost and Found' features a clever sample taken from the late Desmond Dekker and the Aces' classic sixties ska hit 'Israelites' featuring Maxi Priest on vocals with rapper 'Truth'.
There is also a great version of Bob Marley's `I Shot the Sheriff' and the Beatles classic `I'll Be Back'
All in all a great album and a great listen....enjoy!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ub40 twentyfourseven, 19 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Twentyfourseven (Audio CD)
last cd by ali campbell has lost none of its magic.there are tracks of a political nature like end of war , securing peace, the road, cover versions of its all the game(tom edwards), ill be back(beatles), a great cover of i shot the sherriff(bob marley), plus dance until the morning light(sample desmond dekker),on the whole a return to classic form. my favorite track being ill be there.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 11 Jun 2008
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this album is a throw back to the bands best, politically aware, nice reggae, agree with previous reviewer ali campbells vocals are fantastic but also are the new inputs with duncan campbell and maxi priest plus guests.buy this album ,if you love the old ub40 you will definately enjoy the new. good work fellas
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album In Years!!!!!!!, 29 May 2008
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I wouldn't listen to the other reviews! This has got to be their best album in years. True, they may now be without their lead singer Ali Campbell who will no doubt will be a big miss for them. Yet, it is good to see other members of the band have a go at lead vocals where they do a very good job! If you are fan of UB40 or if you just like reggae music in general this is this the album for you. It's so relaxing listening to it at home and in the car. It's also good to see how they express themselves in the lyrics of the songs as to what's going on in the world, which what UB40 are all about showing that they care about the injustices that we see in the system. Do buy it! You will not be disappointed even if you're not a fan of Reggae.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 9 Aug 2008
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This is the best album Ive heard for a long time, Im a brummie myself so might be slightly biased, but this really is the best Ive heard UB40 sound since "who you fighting for?" its such a shame that the band were fragmenting whilst it was being recorded, but if this is the LAST album they put out as the original members then theyve gone out in style with no loss of the panache theyve displayed over the years.
God bless UB40, the songs have always made you think about the deeper stuff in life but its nice to think about that whilst also dancing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best album in years.....maybe best ever....., 5 July 2008
This review is from: Twentyfourseven (Audio CD)
just received it yesterday.....its a great album...powerful lyrics....very political....nice riddims...and every singer in this band takes his chance in this album.....the only songs i don't really like are "slow down" and "i shot the sheriff" (dunno, maybe UB40 should've been done a cover of another bob marley song...from lee perry period...like "stand alone" or "duppy conqueror").....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not near as good as any other album, 20 Jun 2008
This review is from: Twentyfourseven (Audio CD)
i have been a UB fan since 1981, and this shouts out cheep, without much thought going into the real UB feel, still Ali sounds as good as ever, shame the end of an era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars UB40, 27 Mar 2014
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J. Murphy "engr9266" (BOGNOR REGIS UK) - See all my reviews
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Yet another great cd from UB40 the greatest reggae band in my opinion, Bring on more and get touring again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to their best, 25 Sep 2010
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E. Thomas "Bootneck" (Wiltshire. UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: TwentyFourSeven (MP3 Download)
Been a fan of UB40 since the start; Signing off album still my fave' - until now. Track three (based on classic Isrelites track) a little cheesy at first but a real grower. Cover of I shot the sheriff is cool too. Loads of original stuff that harps back to the early albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UB40's Twenty-Four-Seven is Awesome, 14 May 2009
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Steve Chihos "theBigRocks" (Orlando, FL, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Twentyfourseven (Audio CD)
This CD is fantastic! Got it a few days prior to seeing UB40 in concert at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL and listened to it several times through. Great new tunes with the familiar UB40 quality. Especially dig the tunes "Dance Until the Morning Light" and "Rainbow Nation". OBTW: the concert was just as good.
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