Monday, 4 June 2018

UB40 - Labour Of Love II (1989)

Stick by me....

  

Released on 27 November 1989

Running Time 37.22

Released in 1989, I love this album, possibly even more so than the wonderful “Labour Of Love” 1. It is full of atmospheric covers of reggae classics delivered by Ali Campbell’s unique voice. Despite never having been remastered the sound is still good. I lived in Moseley, Birmingham, at the time and it is so evocative of that part of the city.

Highlights for me are their versions of Lord Creator’s “Kingston Town”; Honey Boy’s "Sweet Cherrie”, Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do The Things You Do”; John Holt’s “Wear You To The Ball” and The Kingstonian’s “Singer Man”.

Just a pleasurable album. Also fun is to search out the originals and make a “Jamaican Labour Of Love” playlist.


TRACK LISTING  (in brackets are the reggae artists who recorded the songs)

1. Here I Am Baby (Al Brown)

2. Tears From My Eyes (Teddy Davis)
3. Groovin' (Byron Lee)
4. The Way You Do The Things You Do (Eric Donaldson)
5. Wear You To The Ball (The Paragons)
6. Singer Man (The Kingstonians)
7. Kingston Town (Lord Creator)
8. Baby (The Heptones)
9. Wedding Day (Lloyd Price)
10. Sweet Cherrie (Honey Boy)
11. Stick By Me (John Holt)
12. Just Another Girl (Ken Boothe)
13. Homely Girl (Jackie Robinson)
14. Impossible Love (Honey Boy)                                            

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