UB40 Labour Of Love EX Vinyl LP 2Tone Ska 1983 Original 1st Press Specials Beat

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April 10, 2020 - 12:24:54 PM GMT (about 2 months ago)
Labour of Love is the fourth studio album by British reggae band UB40, and their first album of cover versions. Released in the UK on 12 September 1983,[1] the album is best known for containing the song "Red Red Wine", a worldwide number-one single, but it also includes three further UK top 20 hits, "Please Don't Make Me Cry", "Many Rivers to Cross" and "Cherry Oh Baby". The album reached number one in the UK, New Zealand and the Netherlands and the top five in Canada, but only reached number 39 in the US on its original release,[2] before re-entering the Billboard 200 in 1988 and peaking at number 14 as a result of "Red Red Wine"'s delayed success in the US.Following the record's success, UB40 have since released three further albums of cover versions under the Labour of Love title.The album consists of cover versions of ten of the group's favourite songs by reggae artists from the period 1969 to 1972. Guitarist Robin Campbell drew up a list of possible tracks which were then whittled down to a final choice of ten following discussion among the band members.[3] Campbell told UK music magazine NME, "It's a collection of songs we knew as reggae songs. We'd wanted to do it for years, we wanted it to be our first album... Why we recorded them was because they were part of an era for us, what we were into."[4] In another interview with Melody Maker, drummer Jim Brown explained that the band were being pressured to deliver a new album, but didn't have enough original material completed, so it seemed an ideal time to revisit the idea of making an album of cover versions.[5] UB40 had recently opened their own studio, the Abattoir, and Campbell spoke about how the combination of not having to write songs and having their own studio in which to produce them had resulted in a happy environment during the album's recording: "We could relax with this; there wasn't the pressure of it being our own material. We experimented with several things like LinnDrums and synthesised basslines. It was a lot more fun."[4]The group were apparently unaware during recording that the most famous track on the record had not originally been a reggae song. Ali Campbell told Billboard, "Nobody was as shocked as we were to find out that Neil Diamond wrote 'Red Red Wine'... To me, it was always a Tony Tribe song. He sang it."[6] The album and 12" version of "Red Red Wine" included a toasted verse by Astro, later copied and included by Diamond in his live performances of the song.The band defended their decision to make an album of cover versions, stating that they had always wanted to make reggae for a wide audience. Robin Campbell said, "We actually set out in the first place to popularise reggae. That was our intention."[4] His brother Ali added, "What we want to do is play heavy dub reggae. But if we came straight out doing that, it would never have gotten on the radio. We commercialize our music all the time; it's been a series of compromises."The album's cover art was created by Ken Ansell of the Design Clinic and featured two collages of images that illustrated each of the songs on the album (the five songs on side one were illustrated on the front cover, and the five songs on side two on the back cover). It was the first time that UB40 had not had any input on the artwork on one of their albums, but they were on tour in the US at the time and Virgin Records, the parent company of UB40's DEP International label, could not afford to wait until they returned for the sleeve to be designed. As Ansell recounted to Classic Pop magazine in 2017, "We pitched the idea to Virgin of creating an illustration for each song so that as and when they were released as singles we would have ready-made images. Fortunately, on their return the band liked the concept and we went ahead."Side oneNo.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength1."Cherry Oh Baby"Eric DonaldsonEric Donaldson3:182."Keep on Moving"Lee "Scratch" Perry, Curtis MayfieldThe Impressions; modelled after the reggae cover by The Wailers4:373."Please Don't Make Me Cry"Winston TuckerWinston Tucker3:264."Sweet Sensation"Leslie KongThe Melodians3:425."Johnny Too Bad"Roy Beckford, Winston "Shadow" Bailey, Delroy Wilson, Derrick CrooksThe Slickers4:57Side twoNo.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength6."Red Red Wine"Neil DiamondNeil Diamond; modelled after the reggae cover by Tony Tribe5:217."Guilty"Isaac HayesTiger3:168."She Caught the Train"Joe MonsanoJoe Monsano3:179."Version Girl"Boy FridayBoy Friday3:2710."Many Rivers to Cross"Jimmy CliffJimmy Cliff4:31 Why not look at the other items we have for sale while your here? Happy Bidding! 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March 31, 2020 - 12:24:54 PM GMT (about 2 months ago)
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