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UB40

Signing Off [Translucent Red 2 LP]

Signing Off [Translucent Red 2 LP]

UPC: 602435075808

Format: LP (2 disc)

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Producers: Bob Lamb, UB40, Ray Pablo Falconer.
Although UB40's later records were much more conventionally pop-oriented, even the group's 1980 debut, SIGNING OFF, doesn't fit neatly in the roots-reggae tradition. The album does feature the expected bass-heavy rhythms and socially conscious lyrics of songs like "Food for Thought" (which condemns the Ethiopian famine a full four years before Band Aid brought it to attention) and the gospel-tinged "King." However, lead singer Ali Campbell also essays a left-field cover of the early Randy Newman chestnut "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," a mopey ballad more closely associated with the likes of Dusty Springfield than Bob Marley. Like many classic-era reggae albums, SIGNING OFF also includes deep, heavy dub mixes--in this case, the fiery "Tyler" (which becomes "25%") and "Adella" (which is turned into "12 Bar"). The CD edition also includes all of the tracks from a limited-edition 21-minute EP that was packaged with early vinyl copies of SIGNING OFF.

Tracks:

Disc 1:
1 - Tyler
2 - King
3 - 12 Bar
4 - Burden Of Shame
5 - Adella
6 - I Think It's Going To Rain Today
7 - 25%
8 - Food For Thought
9 - Little By Little
10 - Signing Off
Disc 2:
1 - Madam Medusa
2 - Strange Fruit
3 - Reefer Madness