Various artists album review
The Original Labour Of Love Collection
29 - 12 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
"The Original Labour Of Love Collection" comprises 25 original reggae classics, all of which were covered by British reggae giants UB40 on their '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, Ken Boothe 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.
My favorite tracks on the album are Lord Creator's Kingston Town, Tony Tribe aka Boy Friday's Version Girl, Slim Smith's The Time Has Come, The Paragons' My Best Girl and last but not least The Melodians with Sweet Sensation. "The Original Labour Of Love Collection" is an excellent compilation for all true lovers of reggae music.