Various artists album review
The Original Labour Of Love Collection
29 - 12 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby
  2. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Keep On Moving
  3. Winston Groovy - Please Don't Make Me Cry
  4. The Melodians - Sweet Sensation
  5. The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad
  6. Tony Tribe - Red Red Wine
  7. Ray Martell - She Caught The Train
  8. Boy Friday - Version Girl
  9. Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross
  10. Al Brown - Here I Am Baby
  11. Eric Donaldson - Way You Do The Things You Do
  12. U Roy & John Holt - Wear You To The Ball
  13. The Kingstonians - Singer Man
  14. Lord Creator - Kingston Town
  15. John Holt - Stick Be Me
  16. Jackie Robinson - Homely Girl
  17. The Fabulous Five - Holly Holy
  18. The Melodians - It's My Delight
  19. Johnny Osbourne & The Sensations - Come Back Darling
  20. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Soul Rebel
  21. The Paragons - My Best Girl
  22. Niney - Blood And Fire
  23. Delano Stewart - Stay A Little Longer
  24. Slim Smith - The Time Has Come
  25. Ken Boothe - Crying For You
Rating : 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.

Teacher & Mr. T.