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UB40 are a British reggae and pop band formed in December 1978 in Birmingham, England. The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times, and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Group. One of the world's best-selling music artists, UB40 have sold over 70 million records. The ethnic make-up of the band's original line-up was diverse, with musicians of English, Irish, Jamaican, Scottish and Yemeni parentage.

Their hit singles include their debut "Food for Thought" and two Billboard Hot 100 number ones with "Red Red Wine" and "Can't Help Falling in Love". Both of these also topped the UK Singles Chart, as did the band's version of "I Got You Babe".

The band's line-up was stable for nearly 29 years, from March 1979 until January 2008, when frontman Ali Campbell left the band; followed shortly thereafter by keyboardist Mickey Virtue. Another member, Astro, remained with the band until November 2013; when he departed the original band to team up with Campbell and Virtue in a new version of UB40. In 2014, legal advice was sought by the original band (now consisting of remaining co-founding members drummer Jimmy Brown, guitarist Robin Campbell, bassist Earl Falconer, percussionist Norman Hassan, and saxophonist Brian Travers, along with new vocalist Duncan Campbell) against the group containing Campbell, Virtue, and Astro over usage of the band name, due to it being used by both parties.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Signing Off UB40 5 8
1981 Present Arms UB40 5
1982 UB44 UB40 2
1983 Labour of Love UB40 5
1984 Geffery Morgan UB40 2
1985 Baggariddim UB40 3
1986 Rat in the Kitchen UB40 4
1988 UB40 UB40 2
1989 Labour of Love II UB40 7
1993 Promises and Lies UB40 3
1997 Guns in the Ghetto UB40 2
1998 The Dancehall Album UB40 1
1998 Labour of Love III UB40 2
2001 Cover Up UB40 1
2003 Homegrown UB40 3
2005 Who You Fighting For? UB40 2
2008 Twentyfourseven UB40 2
2010 Labour of Love IV UB40 1
2013 Getting Over The Storm UB40 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 The Singles Album UB40 1
1985 More UB40 Music UB40 1
1985 The UB40 File UB40 2
1987 The Best of UB40, Volume 1 UB40 3
1988 1980-1983 UB40 1
1991 Labour of Love, Parts I + II UB40 3
1995 The Best of UB40, Volume Two UB40 4 3
2000 The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000 UB40 3 4
2002 Fathers of Reggae UB40 2
2002 The Very Best of 1980-2002 UB40 1
2005 The Best Of - Volumes 1 & 2 UB40 1
2005 The Best of UB40, Volume 2 UB40 1
2007 The Best of UB40, Volume 2 UB40 1
2007 The Best Of, Volumes 1&2: The Dutch Collection UB40 1
2008 Greatest Hits UB40 1
2009 Love Songs UB40 1
2012 Essential UB40 1
2013 UB40 Collected UB40 2
2014 Gold UB40 1
2015 5 Classic Albums UB40 1
Best of Labour of Love UB40 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Live UB40 2
1984 UB40 Live UB40 1
1987 CCCP: Live in Moscow UB40 1
2005 2005-12-17: Who You Fighting For? Centre Brighton, UK UB40 1
2007 Live at Montreux 2002 UB40 1
2008 The Lost Tapes (live at the Venue, London 1980) UB40 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Present Arms in Dub UB40 3

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 The Earth Dies Screaming / Dream a Lie UB40 2
1980 King / Food for Thought UB40 1
1981 Don't Slow Down / Don't Let It Pass You By UB40 1
1981 One in Ten UB40 4 1
1985 Don't Break My Heart UB40 1
1986 All I Want to Do UB40 1
1986 Rat in Mi Kitchen UB40 1
1988 Breakfast in Bed UB40 with Chrissie Hynde 1
1988 Where Did I Go Wrong UB40 1
1989 The Way You Do the Things You Do / Here I Am (Come and Take Me) UB40 1
1990 I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight Robert Palmer and UB40 1
1990 Kingston Town UB40 1
1991 Groovin' UB40 1
1991 Tears From My Eyes UB40 1
1992 One in Ten 808 State & UB40 2
1993 (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You UB40 4
1993 Higher Ground UB40 1
1993 Bring Me Your Cup UB40 1
1995 Until My Dying Day UB40 1
1997 Tell Me Is It True UB40 1
1997 Always There UB40 1
1998 Come Back Darling UB40 1
1998 Holly Holy UB40 1
1998 The Train Is Coming UB40 2
2000 Light My Fire UB40 1
2001 Since I Met You Lady / Sparkle of My Eyes UB40 feat. Lady Saw 1
2003 Swing Low UB40 2
Cover Up UB40 1
Here I Am (Come and take Me) UB40 1
Impossible Love UB40 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Little Baggariddim UB40 1
1988 Red Red Wine UB40 1
Here I AM (Come and Take Me), Top 10 USA Smash UB40 1

EP + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Here I Am (Come and Take Me) Extended Mix UB40 1

Other

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 The Platinum Collection UB40 1
2012 5 Album Set UB40 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Rabbit Ears: World Tales, Volume 3 Denzel Washington, original music by UB40; Max von Sydow, original music by Lyle Mays 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Labour Of Love Parts I, II & III: The Platinum Collection UB40 1

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