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The Best of UB40

UB 40Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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.
They have collaborated with Jamaica's dancehall legends and worked with the fathers of reggae. In 2003, they even recorded Swing Low, the anthem for the England rugby team's triumphant ... Read more in Amazon's UB 40 Store

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  • Audio CD (November 14, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol/Emi/Sbk/Chrysalis
  • ASIN: B000000WAE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Food For Thought
2. One In Ten
3. Red Red Wine
4. Please Don't Make Me Cry
5. If It Happens Again
6. I Got You Babe
7. Don't Break My Heart
8. Sing Our Own Song
9. Rat In Mi Kitchen
10. Breakfast In Bed

Editorial Reviews

The second volume of the venerable British pop-reggae group's greatest hits is drawn from their generally lesser late '80s and early '90s work. By then, they'd found a formula that produced hits (gently percolating covers of pop classics and lightweight originals) and stuck to it. They'd pretty much abandoned the fiery (and specifically British) politics and deep-bass reggae of their early years, but losing the edges of their style also truncated the joy of its highs. The result is pleasant and easy to listen to as the music slips into a bobbing groove. Their covers of "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" and "Can't Help Falling In Love" are impeccably skillful where once they'd have been ecstatic. --Douglas Wolk

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bathtime, Rex! July 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I love UB40 because they present so many listening options. When you actually want to listen to MUSIC, heaven forbid, you can play some of the early stuff - 'Signing Off' and 'Present Arms' being the albums to check out (they are poorly represented on Vol. 1 and not represented on Vol. 2). When you're washing the dishes or giving the dog a bath, then you can let the great bulk of UB40's recorded output wash gently over and around, but not of course, through, you. It's all very pleasant and the essential similarity of the polite, saccahrine-sweet covers they specialise in has a cumulative effect: you and Rex will both be gently bobbing your heads by the time you towel him off. Alarmingly, some worrying signs of Songwriting are beginning to creep back into UB40's muzak: particularly 'Higher Ground' from the Promises & Lies album, and 'Bring Me Your Cup', a song so downright sensuous that Rex is likely to do very strange things to your leg unless you're careful. Woof woof!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Volume One vs. Volume 1 November 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I purchased Volume One within the past month. This CD has only 10 tracks on it, whereas Volume 1 has 18 as mentioned in an earlier review. So if you are buying this...I recommend you verify what you're looking for!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT COMPILATION! September 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This represents UB40 at their ultimate best and although they've gone on to do other great projects such as PROMISES AND LIES (1993) and LABOUR OF LOVE 3 (1998), its this first volume that contains all of the really great classics that UB40 will always be fondly remembered for with the inevitable selection being the classic, RED RED WINE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT, MANY RIVERS TO CROSS, I GOT YOU BABE, DON'T BREAK MY HEART and many other classic reggae tracks. Lead singers Ali Cambells vocals remain unique throughout. An excellent compilation well worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good collection, but... December 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a good collection, but I'd buy "The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000" instead. It has almost all these tracks and more. The only songs missing from "The Very Best..." are "Breakfast In Bed" and "Please Don't Make Me Cry". The latter is a great song, but I wouldn't buy this cd for just one track. (It is also included in "Labour of Love")
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been a fan of UB40 since 1988 and i have 16 of their albums, and every new one they come out with keeps getting better and better. They definitely know how to make great music, and it shows with albums like this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!!! June 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An amazing combination of reggae and carrbian music. The vocals and beat never miss. Excellent cd as are the rest of their albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars raggae music can't refuse it! July 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
British group named afted unemployment file called UB40. This is their first greatest hits album including great raggae music containing easy cheerfull rhythms variegated with golden voice of the lead singer Ali Campbell. Raggae - cult classic ! Especially recommended because of the original use of many various instruments, music made by people and their skills, not by machines and computers.
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