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Great music from a great band.
on 2 October 2017
For anyone old enough to remember what a UB40 is, then this group will not need an introduction. For those too young, or for those non-natives to the UK shores this will be a quick explanation of the bands origins and the initial music subjects. Back in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s the unemployment rate in many countries was quite appalling. To get help from the government you had to visit the local unemployment office to “sign on” to say you were available for work. The signing on form was called a Unemployment Benefit 40 form, which is how the group members would meet one another whilst waiting to sign on to the dole (government cash aid).
At the start of the bands life they sang songs (in a reggae style) about the times and experiences of many people, both in the UK and many other countries. Even their very earliest songs had style mixed with a great beat and a social conscience, which is rare these days despite the problems being just as bad if not worse. It’s no wonder that their early material spoke to the young, such as “1 in 10”, or “King” and “Food for Thought”, though the songs weren’t just pop/protest songs as they also had great pop hits of the day.
Although many groups seek to just profit from a collect of their greatest hits, I’m inclined to think that this set of songs can be used as an introduction to the rest of UB40’s back catalogue. The reason is quite straightforward (IMHO!) as there are a lot of excellent songs that were never released as singles.
If you’ve read this far there’s little else to be said, except that perhaps you would be well served if you were to listen to the back catalogue especially the first half dozen LP’s. I can promise you will not be disappointed - check out the lyrics to “1 in 10”, as that’s where it all started for myself, or the remake of “Red, Red, Wine” and “I’ve Got You Babe”.