Various artists album review
Reggae That Inspired UB40
Smith & Co. Sound & Vision
15 - 11 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Small Axe
  2. The Blues Brothers - Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
  3. Hopeton Lewis - Groovin'
  4. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
  5. The Melodians - Sweet Sensation
  6. Eric Donaldson - The Way You Do The Things You Do
  7. The Blues Brothers - Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
  8. The Paragons - Wear You To The Ball
  9. Tony Tribe - Red Red Wine
  10. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Keep On Moving
  11. John Holt - Stick Be Me
  12. Teddy Davis - Tears From My Eyes
  13. Winston Groovy - Please Don't Make Me Cry
  14. Honey Boy - Impossible Love
  15. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
  16. Lord Creator - Kingston Town
  17. Honey Boy - Sweet Cherry
  18. Sonny Bradshaw - Singer Man
  19. The Paragons - Sparkle Of My Eyes
  20. Niney The Observer - Blood And Fire
  21. Bob Marley - Soul Rebel
  22. Johnny Clarke - Legalize It
  23. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3

"Reggae That Inspired UB40" comprises 22 Reggae classics, all of which were covered by British pop reggae giants UB40 on their successful "Labour Of Love" series. Since first bursting on the music scene in 1980, UB40 have become one of the most successful bands in popular music, with album sales in excess of 8 million in the US and worldwide sales well over four times that figure. They have repeatedly acknowledged the profound influence of rocksteady and early reggae upon their music.
Featured artists reads like a veritable who's who of Jamaican music with names like Bob Marley, Lord Creator, Eric Donaldson, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff and The Melodians. It's obvious that most tracks found here are well known Jamaican standards, a lot of which are cover versions of pop and soul tunes from the sixties and seventies. This collection of tunes features not all original versions as it also includes cover versions of Reggae classics done by Jamaican artists like e.g. The Blues Busters' "Here I Am (Come And Take Me)" (originally done by Al Brown), Sonny Bradshaw's "Singer Man" (originally done by The Kingstonians) and Johnny Clarke's "Legalize It", which, of course, is an original Peter Tosh tune.
Our favorite tracks on the album are Lord Creator's "Kingston Town", The Slickers' "Johnny Too Bad", Bob Marley's "Soul Rebel", The Paragons' "Wear You To The Ball" and last but not least The Melodians with "Sweet Sensation". All in all "Reggae That Inspired UB40" is an excellent "oldies" set for all true lovers of Reggae music.

Teacher & Mr. T.