The second its stops being fun; change your career. The album that you then followed up with was an acoustic record which is quite a surprise as reggae is so bass heavy. Why did you decide to adopt that route? It almost like a contradiction in terms; an acoustic reggae album!
We never set out to record an acoustic album originally. What happened was we were asked to record a few radio sessions for the BBC. A couple of weeks later we went Silver! So, it was a happy accident if you like. What are you plans then when the tour winds up towards the end of summer? Is there a new record on the horizon? That would be nice but no such luck.
Its nonstop. But we have got a couple of projects on the go at the moment. Me and Ali produced a dub album a few years ago that you can pick up off the shelf. Tune In. Once Ago. In The Rain. Under Me Sleng Teng. No comments:. Newer Post Older Post Home. Advanced Search. Track Listing. Kingston Town.
Kenrick Randolph Patrick. Red Red Wine. Neil Diamond. Many Rivers to Cross. Jimmy Cliff. Baby Come Back. One major album gem is 'I Got You Babe', featuring Ali's year-old daughter Kaya Campbell who takes on the line originally sang by Chrissie Hynde during Album) time at the top of the charts in Birmingham reggae star Pato Banton also makes an incredible impression during their appearance on new version of 'Baby Come Back', another chart-topping song from The band members began as friends who knew each other from various schools across BirminghamEngland.
The origins of what would become UB40 began when in mid guitarist Ali Campbell, together with the rhythm section of drummer Jimmy Brown and bassist Earl Falconer, began rehearsing charting reggae songs in addition to some of their own original compositions.
They were soon joined by several of their friends, firstly percussionists Yomi Babayemi and Norman Hassan, and then saxophonist Brian Travers and Astro* & Mickey* - Unplugged (CD Jimmy Lynn. Robin Campbell, although initially reluctant to commit to forming a band with the others, was invited to join once again by his brother and bought a guitar with which to do so in December of that year. Once Robin had joined the others in their jamming sessions, the eight musicians formed a band, deciding on the name 'UB40' after a friend suggested it was an appropriate name given the unemployed status of all of the band members.
Prior to this, Travers had work as an electrical apprentice for NG Bailey; whilst Robin Campbell had been an apprentice toolmaker. A month later UB40's classic lineup was rounded out with the inclusion of percussionist and vocalist Astro.
Astro had previously been working for Duke Alloy's sound system attending reggae Album) in Birmingham. Their sound was created and honed through many long jam sessions at various locations in Birmingham.
This was commemorated in October by the unveiling of a plaque at the venue, indicating the band receiving the Performing Rights Society 's Music Heritage Award. It reached No. The title of their first album, Signing Offindicates the band was signing off from, or ending, their claim for unemployment benefits. It was recorded Astro* & Mickey* - Unplugged (CD a bedsit in Birmingham and was produced by Bob Lamb.
Norman Hassan said of the recording: "if you stripped my track down, you could hear the birds in the background. Signing Off was released on 29 August Signing Off is now a Platinum album. As UB40 grew in popularity, they encouraged and supported local musicians and bands from Birmingham, such as Besharaoften bringing them on tour.
The album reached No. The album featured the song " Red Red Wine ", a cover version of a Neil Diamond song in an arrangement similar to that of Tony Tribe's version ; it stayed on the charts for over weeks. His brother, Earl Falconer, the band's bassist, was driving with nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.
Earl was sentenced to six months imprisonment in June and banned from driving for three years. The group also made a guest appearance Homely Girl - UB40 (2) Featuring Ali* the feature film Speed 2: Cruise Control. On 24 January it was announced that Ali Campbell would be leaving the group after 30 years. It was originally stated that this was in order for Campbell to concentrate on solo projects, but Campbell later said he was leaving due to management and business disputes.
It was reported by some Birmingham newspapers on 13 Marchthat Maxi Priest would be the new lead singer of UB40 and had recorded a cover of Bob Marley 's " I Shot the Sheriff " with the band, based on information from an unnamed "source close to the band. The reports are half correct he will be appearing with them for this new recording.
The newspaper sold nearly three million copies. This led to a backlash when the full track version Homely Girl - UB40 (2) Featuring Ali* released 21 Juneand most of the big retailers refused to stock it. In the band released the first new album with their new lead singer Duncan Campbell ; another in the Labour of Love cover series entitled Labour of Love IV.
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