Monday, June 23, 2008

UB40 Live at The Paradiso in Amsterdam - Free Download

Last week officially marked the end of UB40 as we have known them for 30 years and the start of a new era for the band. The band officially released the 17 track version of "Twentyfourseven" featuring additional songs with new singers beyond the 1o track giveaway that was available from The Daily Mail in the UK in May. To celebrate this new beginning, the band has followed the lead of others (e.g., Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails) and are distributing a free download of a concert recorded in Amsterdam on May 11th on its Web site. The free download is the first live performance of the band's new line-up, which now includes pop/reggae crooner Maxi Priest and Duncan Campbell, and should put to rest any fears that the band's signature sound has changed since Ali Campbell and keyboardist Mickey Virtue left the band under very acrimonious circumstances earlier this year. The recording is a parade of hits and sounds great. If you have tickets to see them during their upcoming U.S. tour you should be in for treat. Unfortunately they seem to be steering clear of the East Coast and New York in particular.

And for all you Loonies out there, here's a video of the band's latest video/single, "Dance Until the Morning Light." The song prominently features Maxi Priest on lead vocals singing, along with the familiar sample loop of Desmond Dekker and the Aces’ hit “Israelites.” It will likely be another hit for the band who continue to find ways to defy the critics who insist on calling them washed up and out-of-touch.



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Hi Marco,

On behalf of Reflex Muzic many thanks for plugging UB40 ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the label and UB40 for not posting any pirate links to unreleased material … .. and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks from the band’s new album - "TwentyFourSeven" (UK street date 16th June) - both “End of War” and “This Is How It Is” have been officially designated as preview tracks for fans and bloggers to post / host / file-share in advance of release ... .. check-out for details on 24/7 and the band’s 2008 shows, together with the band’s MySpace at - which also features “I Shot The Sheriff” !!
To clarify the suggested / requested guidelines for 24/7, if you have a copy of the (UK) Mail on Sunday, 10 track promo, both Reflex and UB40 have requested that fans and bloggers simply keep these for personal use and do not post / file-exchange copies on-line – aside, of course, from the preview tracks and any live / concert versions.

Again, we’d like to thank everyone for their support and understanding in not posting pirate files and links to unreleased, studio material and, as a further gesture of appreciation, there may well be additional previews made available this side of the 16th June, full album release – so watch the official sites for future developments.



Steve from Moon said...

When will 24/7 be released in the US?