Two of the most important albums in the early history of pop-reggae hitmakers UB40 will be released in deluxe formats by Universal Music Catalogue/Virgin EMI on March 2.
‘Present Arms,’ the band’s second album, from 1981, will be getting the deluxe treatment alongside their fourth set, 1983’s ‘Labour Of Love.’ The first of the two albums contained UB40’s top ten UK hit single ‘One In Ten,’ as well as the top 20 follow-up ‘Don’t Slow Down.’ The second, which was entirely comprised of cover versions, was the record containing their version of the Neil Diamond song ‘Red Red Wine,’ which went to No. 1 in both the UK and US. It also featured their UK top 20 rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s ‘Many Rivers To Cross.’
The deluxe edition CD of ‘Present Arms’ has the original album, the remix album ‘Present Arms In Dub’ and a disc of live BBC session recordings. These include four songs from April 1981, with the title track and ‘One In Ten’ among them, and 11 from a recording two months later, which ends with a medley of their early songs ‘I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,’ ‘Dream A Lie’ and ‘My Way Of Thinking.’
The deluxe ‘Labour Of Love’ has the original release on CD1, a nine-track second disc of singles and b-sides, and a third disc of BBC live sessions. This time, ‘Red Red Wine’ and ‘Don’t Make Me Cry’ come from April 1983, and 11 more from January 1984. Both albums will also be released on 180g vinyl in special two-LP sets.
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