UB 40
Labour Of Love

  2 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     extra disc of dub & extended 12" 

( 1983 ) 2015 EU REissue on 180g 2LP +download = Hit 1983 album PLUS extra disc of dub & extended 12" versions. Incl Red Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby

Label:  Virgin-Universal 
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Release date 03-10-2015(originally released in 1983)

2015 EU REissue on 180g vinyl 2LP +download = Hit 1983 album PLUS extra disc of dub & extended 12" versions. Incl Red Red Wine, Cherry Oh Baby & more

Tracks:
LP1:

A1 Cherry Oh Baby
A2 Keep On Moving
A3 Please Don't Make Me Cry
A4 Sweet Sensation
A5 Johnny Too Bad

B1 Red Red Wine
B2 Guilty
B3 She Caught The Train
B4 Version Girl
B5 Many Rivers To Cross

LP2:
C1 Red Red Wine (7" Version)
C2 Sufferin' (Dub Mix)
C3 Many Rivers To Cross (7" Version)
C4 Johnny Too Bad (Unexpurgated Version)

D1 Cherry Oh Baby (Dub Mix)
D2 Frilla (12" Version)
D3 I've Got Mine (Extended Version)
D4 Dubmobile

A victim of both overexposure and embracement from privileged hedonists around the globe, UB40's Labour of Love is still a near perfect album, one filled with warmth and an infectious love of the music it's covering. Then there's that reggae version of "Red Red Wine" that spills out of yachts, frat parties, soirees by the pool, water parks, and just about anywhere there are sun-seeking tourists. Delivered with a drunken sway, the band's cover of the Neil Diamond favorite also features a new toasted/rapped break in the middle, which comes courtesy of UB40 MC Astro and adds so much mirth and fun to the number that Diamond lifted it for his own live show. Even if omnipresence has since made it pop-reggae's "Don't Worry Be Happy," the U.K. crew's version is in the Jamaican tradition of covering sweet, soothing tunes that pre-date lovers rock, plus the rest of this all-cover-versions album sticks with the classic reggae songbook, as even the Impressions' "Keep on Moving" is done in a style that honors the 1973 recording from Bob Marley & the Wailers. If "Red Red Wine" is effortless almost to a fault, Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" is performed with full heart and can rock the soul's foundation, while "Johnny Too Bad" is just spiky enough to bring reminders of the group's birth in the time and land of post-punk. Everything else is A- at worst, and the end-to-end LP flow is classic while recontextualizing "Red Red Wine" for the better. Put it on at a party and spill beer on it if you must, because the resilient Labour of Love is true sweetness and light.

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Extra info: extra disc of dub & extended 12"
Label: Virgin-Universal
Originally released: 1983
This release: 2015
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