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UB40 - PRESENT ARMS IN DUB
[LP]

 1981, DEP International  / EPIC 85390

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Side 1:
1  Present Arms in Dub 
2  Smoke It 
3  B Line 
4  Kings Row 

Side 2:
5  Return of Dr.X 
6  Walk Out 
7  One in Ten
8  Neon Haze  

Astro, Jim Brown, Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers, Michael Virtue

Review by Alex Ogg
Releasing dub versions of recent hits (if not whole albums) is, of course, a Jamaican tradition. And being the students of reggae that UB40 were, they dutifully followed that tradition with their second album. The results were middling, though you had to admire the group's approach: Rather than merely lift out the vocals and tinker with the bass, they rewrote vast tracts of the album. Ultimately, there's enough excruciatingly bad Jamaican dub out there already, and UB40's contribution to the pile, however well intentioned, did nobody any favors. However, it was a sign of their huge U.K. popularity that even the dub version of Present Arms became a Top 40 hit. This was certainly the only time a dub album has (or probably ever will) troubled the U.K. chart compilers.

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