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UB40 Tours Behind A New Album
Published September 11, 2008

The band just wrapped up a 17-city tour selling out some of the finest venues across the U.S. including KCRW’s “World Festival” night at the famed Hollywood Bowl.  UB40’s first single off the new album, “Dance until the Morning Light,” features guest vocals from Maxi Priest.  The highly-anticipated “TwentyFourSeven” marks the band’s 25th studio album as well as the 20th anniversary of UB40’s #1 hit single “Red Red Wine.”

 

TwentyFourSeven takes inspiration from the political and social conscience, producing an album of original material, cover versions and collaborations. The new album features seventeen tracks with collaborations from reggae stalwart Maxi Priest, 1 Love & Rasa Don from Arrested Development, Marvin Priest and Hunterz. The album was recorded in Birmingham, London, Sweden, New York & Fayetteville, Georgia, USA.

 

Highlights of the album include: “Dance until the Morning Light” features a groovy sample loop taken from Desmond Dekker and the Aces’ groundbreaking 1968 hit 'Israelites' featuring Maxi Priest on vocals with rapper 'Truth'. “Rainbow Nation” a poignant and haunting song that the band wrote 30 years on as a follow up to the original song 'Tyler' taken from UB40's first album 'Signing Off'. The song is about Gary Tyler, a black Southern Louisiana prisoner, incarcerated 35 years ago for a crime he didn't commit. Today after numerous appeals he remains on Death Row as one of the world’s longest serving prisoners. “I'll Be Back”, a cover of the BEATLES classic from the album 'A Hard Days Night' originally sang by John Lennon and performed this time by UB40's Robin Campbell. “End Of War” An anti war song, the title of which was taken and inspired by President John F Kennedy’s September 25th speech in 1961 to the UN General Assembly.

 

UB40 are one of the world’s biggest, most popular, well loved reggae bands and one of the UK’s finest musical exports. Their combined single and album sales are in excess of 70 million, which include "One In Ten", "King", "Tyler", "Many Rivers To Cross", "Cherry Oh Bab

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