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CD - UB40 - UB45

CD - UB40 - UB45

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UB40 will mark their 45th anniversary with the release of new album ‘UB45’

The 14-track album features brand new songs including forthcoming singles ‘Gimme Some Kinda Sign’ and ‘Home’, plus re-recordings of some of the band’s most beloved hits.

There are seven brand new UB40 recordings on this album, including forthcoming lead single ‘Gimme Some Kinda Sign’, a cover of Brenton Wood’s 1967 track “Gimme Little Sign”. The group added a special UB40 flavour to the legendary soul classic. It was chosen by Matt Doyle, who brought it to Robin Campbell, unaware that the song had been on the guitarist and vocalist’s wish list since the ‘Labour Of Love’ (1983) days.

Other new recordings include a beautiful rendition of Bill Withers’ ‘Hope She’ll Be Happier’ (1971), ‘Trouble’, ‘Say Nothing’, ‘Fool Me Once’, and the single ‘Champion’ which was the official anthem of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. UB40’s iconic tunes ‘Food For Thought’, ‘King’, ‘Tyler’, ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, ‘Sing Our Own Song’ and ‘Kingston Town’ have all been given a fresh recorded treatment while retaining the spirit, timbre and melodies that fans know and love.

Robin Campbell said: “We’re so proud of the new album. We wanted to record UB45 to celebrate 45 years of our music, and also to showcase Matt Doyle’s vocals on the tracks. He’s brought a new lease of life to our music, as has the addition of fellow Brummie, “permanent guest” MC Gilly G and my son, Matt Campbell on backing vocals. When you play songs over so many years, the arrangements and vocals evolve and change. These updated versions of our hits are still close to the originals, but now reflect how we perform them today and they sound better than ever.”

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