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UB40 - Signing Off (LP)


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Signing Off is the debut album by British reggae band UB40, released in the UK on 29 August 1980 by Dudley-based independent label Graduate Records. It was an immediate success in their home country, reaching number 2 on the UK albums chart, and made UB40 one of the many popular reggae bands in Britain, several years before the band found international fame. The politically-concerned lyrics struck a chord in a country with widespread public divisions over high unemployment, the policies of the recently elected Conservative party under Margaret Thatcher, and the rise of the racist National Front party, while the record's dub-influenced rhythms reflected the late 1970s influence in British pop music of West Indian music introduced by immigrants from the Caribbean after the Second World War, particularly reggae and ska – this was typified by the 2 Tone movement, at that point at the height of its success and led by fellow West Midlands act The Specials, with whom UB40 drew comparisons due to their multiracial band line-up and socialist views. Still considered by many fans and music critics to be UB40's best album, Signing Off was reissued for its 30th anniversary in 2010 as a "collector's edition" containing bonus tracks and a DVD of the videos for the singles plus television footage of the band from the time of the album's release.

Release Info

Artist: UB40
Label: Virgin EMI Records
Format: LP
Country: UK
Label: Virgin EMI Records
Released: 2021-03-12
Genre: Reggae
Style: Dub, Reggae

Tracklist

A1 Tyler
A2 King
A3 12 Bar
A4 Burden Of Shame
B1 Adella
B2 I Think It's Going To Rain Today
B3 25%
B4 Food For Thought
B5 Little By Little
B6 Signing Off
C Madam Medusa
D1 Strange Fruit
D2 Reefer Madness

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