Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Number 643 - UB40

Number 643

UB40

"Red Red Wine"

(1983)
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Genre:Reggae
Named after the unemployment form in England, was never the most creative or talented group of musicians. However, what they lacked in talent they made up for with an uplifting spirit and genuine affection for reggae music. This is never more apparent than on their breakthrough album, Labour of Love, in which they cover the songs of their heroes. They try to recapture the spirit of early reggae by singing songs originally released before the international success of Bob Marley. They manage to inject their own exuberance into every song; for example, they transform Jimmy Cliff's mournful "Many Rivers to Cross" into an uplifting song of empowerment. The song for which UB40 will always be known is their first number one hit in the U.S., "Red Red Wine," a Neil Diamond-penned tune given a full reggae makeover that miraculously turned the group into an international sensation. Although UB40 relies on standard reggae arrangements, this is their most enjoyable album as a result of the inspired vocal performances and the genuine joy they have for the music. A must-own for reggae fans. ~ Vik Iyengar
For UB40 also see Number 857
For Jimmy Cliff see Number 983
for Neil Diamond see Numbers 698, 792 & 857
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Well, ya see, we never rated them Hombre) and the Album ranked at Number (So fragg off)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 70.7 out of 108

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Blogger PerilousPierre said...

This full version is definitely the best one - totally brilliant. Still one of my all time favourites. Thank you.
Pierre

11:51 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

I was a massive 18 when this came out in '83, my son is now 19, i cannot grasp the concept of time. And i know you know what im talking about. Einstein couldnt grasp it and i have no idea. But its something i wish i could Pierre. if only

1:02 am  

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