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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UB40 at their best, 28 April 2001
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This review is from: Signing Off (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Re-Issue Package, 4 Dec 2010
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N. J. Lawrence (Birmingham England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Signing Off [2CD+DVD] (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sonic masterpiece, 24 Oct 2009
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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 Blood And Fire:

*it has now sold over 10 million copies
*it was recorded in the summer of 1979 in a small flat in Birmingham (the flat belonged to the producer, Bob Lamb, who'd been the drummer in a Birmingham rock band called The Steve Gibbons Band)
*the producer apparently received 25% of the royalties, hence the motivation for one of the instrumental tracks being called "25%"
*Van Morrison successfully sued UB40 for 7,000 due to a melodic soundalike between their track "Burden of Shame" and his earlier song "Moondance"
*the first single, in March 1980, "King/Food For Thought" went to number 4 in the UK singles chart
*the album reached number 2 in the UK album charts
*one of the tracks on the accompanying 12" EP, "Madam Medusa", about Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was co-written by the Campbell brother's father, Ian Campbell, a staunch socialist and folk musician
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album, 12 May 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Before they got boring, 21 Jan 2003
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doublegone (scotland) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought, 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this great re-issue, 8 May 2011
This review is from: Signing Off [2CD+DVD] (Audio CD)
This is a treasure trove of UB-40 from when they were very innovative and interesting.
The songs are captivating at times and seductive at other moments.
Great production and thought was put into Singing Off.
This has been a favorite of mine for over 20 years and I am glad it's available now as a 3 disc set.
The DVD contains some excellent concerts and clips from the same era this album was conceived.

A must get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome, 20 Nov 2010
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S. Pike "musicmad" (England) - See all my reviews
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One of the most iconic albums of its time this 30th year annivirsary set is brilliant especially with the inclusion of the 12 inch version of i think its going to rain today. A simple must have for all UB40 fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UB mad not to buy it!!, 6 Nov 2010
This review is from: Signing Off [2CD+DVD] (Audio CD)
I'd forgotten how good this was,strange as I used to play it in the cold cell of my council house bedroom endlessly.The bonus cd includes the 12 inch version of Dream a Lie,a forgotten song that I'd forgotten I loved.My god,growing up in the 70's and 80's!It would have been so dull without music like this.
It's hard to remember how important music was,it still is,but not in the same life changing that it was then.Anyway back to this 2010 re-issue,it's two cd's and one dvd.The sound still has that warm slightly organic vibe that took the chill off those cold teenage nights.And has that odd feeling as if you were doing somthing to change the world just by listening to it.Odd!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early years, 21 Feb 2013
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An excellent build up to the early years of the band playing and putting their voices on the music scence. Before Big Recognition
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