UB40 feat. Ali, Astro and Mickey: Unplugged

There are two UB40s: one of which (called UB40) still plays and tours with some of the members of the original band; and this UB40 ‘featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey’ which their website describes as ‘founding members of the original UB40’. Fans thus have two bands to follow, while those who dislike UB40’s brand of […]

UB40: Getting Over the Storm

This is the first release of new material from UB40 for three years (see preview, reggaemusic.org.uk 3rd July 2013) and in essence it combines their typical sound with some standards from the country music tradition. The opening track, Midnight Rider, starts as it means to go on and, despite the departure of Ali Campbell, it […]

UB40: Getting Over the Storm

UB40 provoke mixed reactions. For some, their legacy of covering songs from the received reggae tradition as well as writing their own material has brought the music to a far wider audience than reggae previously enjoyed. For others, their style of reggae-lite verges on MOR drive-time background listening. Whatever assessment is offered, along the way […]