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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

UB40

By James Rodgers
Published January 16, 2008

Live At Montreux 2002
Eagle Records

With over 50 million records sold in their 27-year career, and the original lineup intact, it's ironic that one of the most popular reggae bands ever is named after a U.K. unemployment form. The band's latest live recording captures it's only performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. While the sound is a little hollow and there's very little stage patter, this collection of many of their biggest hits shows the group doing what it enjoys, and does best, spreading the joy of reggae to the world. Ali Campbell's voice above those steller horns is an unmistakable sound, making everything they do a UB40 song. Featuring eight originals, and eight classic cover songs, this also works as a fine "Best Of" collection, with just minor crowd noise to remind you it's all live. While the world waits for a new release from the ambassadors of reggae, this will most definitely do.