Johnny Too Bad - UB40 - Labour Of Love
Label: A&M Records - SP-6-4980 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Reggae • Style: Dub, Reggae-Pop
Labour of Love is the fourth studio album by British reggae band UB40and their first album of cover versions. 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,  before re-entering the Billboard in 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 to Guitarist Robin Campbell drew up a list of possible tracks which were then whittled down to a final choice Johnny Too Bad - UB40 - Labour Of Love ten following discussion among the band members.
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. We experimented with several things like LinnDrums and synthesised basslines. It was a lot more Crash Point - Ben Vaughn - Designs In Music. The group were apparently unaware during recording that the most famous track Love Of My Life - Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love / Greatest Hits the record had not originally been a reggae song.
To me, it was always a Tony Tribe song. He sang it. 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. 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 was accompanied by a minute film shot in black and white, also entitled Labour of Love and released 7 Cities (Michael Woods Mix) - Solar Stone* - 7 Cities VHS video. The story followed a fictional version of the lives of the band members, their relationships with family and girlfriends, and their jobs in a junkyard, with all roles in the film played by the band and their friends.
Rose would go on to direct music videos for Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Bronski Beat before becoming a Hollywood movie director. 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 生まれ変わる為に - Keiko Mizukoshi - Aquarius the time and Virgin Recordsthe 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"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. Reviews of the album in the UK were generally positive. In Melody Maker Colin Irwin expressed his irritation at his fellow journalists' insistence on bringing up the band's left-wing political views in articles about them, saying, "UB40's mode of escape from these glib cliches is to make their own highly specialised version of Bowie 's Pin-Ups or Ferry 's These Foolish Things.
Labour of Love is an album of songs that touched and inspired UB40 in their formative years and you know something? It's beautiful. What may appear to be a simple form of escapism has in fact galvanised this band, snatching them out of their increasingly confined introversion and Bay Of Plenty - Ian Pooley - Since Then. opened their eyes to bold new horizons To make comparisons with the originals is to miss the point.
Sometimes you just have to step back to leap Johnny Too Bad - UB40 - Labour Of Love. The music of the era they recall was always far ruder and tougher and far more percussive than their honey-smooth treatments imply.
Everything blurs perfectly there, the rippling draft of the rhythm, the stewed warmth of the saxophone, all melting around the dry edge of the vocal. Sometimes UB hit the spot of rock-reggae with absolute accuracy, and its power to turn ears is far superior to the weight of their customary glam pamphleteering.
In the US, J. Considine of Rolling Stone also gave the album a positive review: while criticising the vocals, he also noted that "UB40's ingenuity and unmistakable affection for the material keeps the comparisons from being too lopsided" and felt that each song "retains the spirit of the original while also capturing a modern feel". This album's title is an accurate assessment of its approach.
A thoroughly enjoyable record. Reviews of the deluxe edition remained positive, but lamented that Labour of Love didn't have the intensity of the band's earlier, more political, records. Ian Harrison of Q said of the album, "It's still quality, but it's hard not to mourn the earlier militancy". On the Johnny Too Bad - UB40 - Labour Of Love of Labour of Love ' s huge international success, UB40 became reggae's world ambassadors and their focus shifted; they'd make political records again but never anything as potent as Signing Off or Present Armsinstead relying on the surefire hit potential of further cover albums".
Init was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the " Greatest Albums of the Eighties". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the UB40 album. For the Hue and Cry song, see Labour of Love song. For the stage play, see Labour of Love play. For other uses, see Labor of Love. UB40 Ray "Pablo" Falconer. Melody Maker.
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