Monday, September 27, 2021

UB40 - Signing Off (1980)

UB40 - Signing Off (1980)

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Side One

"Tyler" – 5:51
"King" – 4:35
"12 Bar" – 4:24
"Burden of Shame" – 6:29

Side Two
"Adella" – 3:28
"I Think It's Going to Rain Today" – 3:41
"25%" – 3:31
"Food for Thought" – 4:10
"Little by Little" – 3:44
"Signing Off" – 4:24

UB40 Band Members / Musicians
Astro – talk-over vocal
Jim Brown – drums
Ali Campbell – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Robin Campbell – lead guitar, vocals
Earl Falconer – bass
Norman Lamont Hassan (misspelt as "Norman Lamount Hassan" on the credits of the original 1980 release) – percussion, congas
Brian Travers – tenor saxophone, melodica
Michael Virtue – keyboards, strings, organ

Signing Off is the debut album by British reggae band UB40, released in the UK on 29 August 1980 by Dudley-based independent label Graduate Records. It was an immediate success in their home country, reaching number 2 on the UK albums chart, and made UB40 one of the many popular reggae bands in Britain, several years before the band found international fame. The politically-concerned lyrics struck a chord in a country with widespread public divisions over high unemployment, the policies of the recently elected Conservative party under Margaret Thatcher, and the rise of the racist National Front party, while the record's dub-influenced rhythms reflected the late 1970s influence in British pop music of West Indian music introduced by immigrants from the Caribbean after the Second World War, particularly reggae and ska – this was typified by the 2 Tone movement, at that point at the height of its success and led by fellow West Midlands act The Specials, with whom UB40 drew comparisons due to their multiracial band line-up and socialist views.

UB40 are an English reggae and pop band, formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. UB40 have sold over 70 million records worldwide. The ethnic make-up of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Welsh, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish, and Yemeni parentage.

UB40 Discography Full
Signing Off (1980)
Present Arms (1981)
UB44 (1982)
Labour of Love (1983)
Geffery Morgan (1984)
Baggariddim (1985)
Rat in the Kitchen (1986)
UB40 (1988)
Labour of Love II (1989)
Promises and Lies (1993)
Guns in the Ghetto (1997)
Labour of Love III (1998)
Cover Up (2001)
Homegrown (2003)
Who You Fighting For? (2005)
TwentyFourSeven (2008)
Labour of Love IV (2010)
Getting Over the Storm (2013)
For the Many (2019)
Bigga Baggariddim (2021)


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