Original charm retained

Original charm retained

labour of love IV UB40 EMI/Virgin, Rs 350

The Labour of Love series began in 1983, with a #1 album and #1 single (‘Red, Red Wine)’. This was followed in 1989 by LOL II, which spawned a hit (’Kingston Town’). LOL III with its hit single (’Come Back, Darling’) was released in 1998.

The album comprises 14 tracks with covers such as Delroy Wilson (’Close To Me’), John Holt songs (’I Don’t Want To See You Cry’ and ‘Man Next Door’) and Rocksteady vocal groups the Melodians (’Get Along Without You Now’) and The Paragons (’Holiday’) bestow this new album with such an infectious sense of joy, it’s hard to believe it’s the fourth in the series and not the first.

Other tracks include reggae versions of artists including Theo Beckford (’Easy Snappin”), Errol Dunkley (’You’re Gonna Need Me’), Ken Parker (’True True True’) and Hopeton Lewis (’Boom Shaka Lacka’), who also contribute songs to Labour Of Love IV. American soul stars Smokey Robinson (’Tracks Of My Tears’), Sam Cooke (’Bring It On Home To Me’) and Johnny Nash which have had a lasting impact upon UB40 themselves.

Labour Of Love IV is the first to feature another talented Campbell brother, Duncan, on lead vocals. Of course, the real reason is that he has replaced his brother Ali Campbell, who quit because of differences of opinion. Duncan would have been one of UB40’s vocalists right from the start had he not turned them down to pursue adventures around the world.

Usually, when a world-famous band changes their lead singer, the transition isn’t exactly
seamless. But the 32-year old band still retains it original charm.

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