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This review is from: Signing Off (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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Initial post: 23 May 2008 23:39:04 BDT
T. C. Minto says:
Couldn't agree more. Saw them at the '83 Glastonbury - in those heady days when we neither knew (okay, there were always a few posters for the festival back then) nor cared who was playing before we got there - and they were totally in tune with the feelings of us guests at Worthy Farm. This is the only UB40 album you need own; made when they cared about the music. And the politics. Listening to it now still takes me back there. Wonderful. Just a shame it heralded too many years of Madam Medusa!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2011 23:48:15 BDT
Amazon Customer says:
Oh my we show our age..I too was there in 83, remember the Rock against Racism gigs the Anti Nazi Legue rallies, late 70's early 80's.. sigh
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