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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 8, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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UB40 have spent the last few years doing what many bands in such an exalted position would do. Having sold 50 million albums and become global superstars, they have spread their wings and diversified.
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It gets better everytime I hear it.
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So thirty two years on this is still a great album.
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This is the first and best of their albums.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Brady on August 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Before UB40 became the reggae equivelant of a lounge/karaoke act that only had hits with novelty covers and duets ( the list is endless and began with Neil Diamond's Red Red Wine ) they released several fine albums of original songs. This is the first and best of their albums. Many standout tracks here, including "Tyler" and the Margaret Thatcher bashing "Madame Medusa." They aren't taken too seriously by many folks simply because they have so many cover hits, but this album is a real keeper. The lyrics are mostly heavily political and the band themselves are in fact named after the form that unemployed people in the UK fill out in order to get welfare, which was rampant in the late 70's and early eighties. The name of this album is a term used by Brits who say they are "signing off on the dole." The sometimes dark lyrics are in stark contrast to the laid back reggae grooves in the songs, but it works quite well. If all you know of UB40 are songs like Red Red Wine and I Got You Babe ( a duet with Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders, and again, another cover ) and you are a fan of reggae, you owe it to yourself to get this album. It's a real classic, and often overlooked.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Toomey on August 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is one fantastic album from start to finish. The best UB40 music is definitely on this album. The original vinyl version included a mini single which is also included here. Check out"Madam Medusa","Strange Fruit","I Think It's Going To Rain Today","King","Tyler","Food For Thought" and "Little By Little" like their supposed to be heard, crystal clear. This is also jam packed with some great instrumental cuts which are fantastic. It would be great if they could make another great album like this. It gets better everytime I hear it. If you like anything UB40 did in the late 80's and 90's you have to get this. It's what they're all about. Full fledged reggae boys.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nick D. on July 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
24 years old and still an underrated album that stands the test of time. I dig this out and play it at parties or on road trips and am amazed how people of all ages love it. I purposely don't mention that it's UB40 and friends are stunned to learn that UB40 are highly talented and are more than capable of just re-hashing other well-known reggae/pop songs.

I'm surprised that other bands have never covered, (or maybe someone has?), some of the songs on this pioneering album like 'Tyler' 'Burden of Shame' 'King' or 'Madam Medusa.'

If you like solid and original reggae that's not 'Marleyesque' you won't be disappointed with this CD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This 1980 album, UB40's first, was originally a double LP housed in a bright yellow sleeve, a replica of an old British Unemployment Benefit Attendance Card. At the time, being on the dole was a huge problem for a surging underclass in the UK, feeding crime and urban riots in places like Brixton, London. But high unemployment was (and is) only one of the many issues facing Britain and the US; an underlying racism was (and is) another. "Signing Off" is a dub masterpiece, containing gentle, loping vocal and extended instrumental workouts that emphasize this two-tone group's social, political, and historical consciousness.

The record is convincing evidence of the important role the band played in the reggae, ska, and dub scenes in early-80s Britain. Injustice is a central theme, addressed in such overtly political songs as "Tyler," about a man wrongly convicted of murder; "King," about Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy in a nation that seemed to have forgotten his central message; and "Burden of Shame," a paean to liberal guilt, with the refrain "I'm a British subject not proud of it / While I carry the burden of shame."

Also memorable are "Food for Thought," which contrasts the famine death of an African woman with the thoughtless feasting of a Christmas celebration, and "Madam Medusa," which portrays Margaret Thatcher as an evil scourge and actually calls for her assassination (though it never explicitly names her). "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" is a terrific Randy Newman cover, and "Little by Little" is, for my money, one of the catchiest tunes on the CD. There's also a haunting version of the Billie Holiday classic, "Strange Fruit.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hard to believe that this disc is made by the same guys who made all those banal covers...I was blown away when I heard this cd! Buy Signing Off and Present Arms if you want to hear the essence of UB40.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By solfer on June 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
UB's debut offering was the proverbial 'music to my ears' all those years ago. This was & still is a classic LP recorded by a bunch of Brummies obsessed with a love of Reggae music, and it inspired me to check out Reggae on a wider scale. Worth the money just for "Madame Medusa" alone. If you got into UB40 at a later date and never got around to buying "Signing Off", do yourself a big favour and get it now!! You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It's getting difficult to remember that when UB40 first started out, they crafted fine songs that placed them respectably within the protest tradition of reggae - combining memorable hooks with incisive lyrics that exposed the bitter realities of British inner-city life. Then came 'Red Red Wine'...
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