Monday, April 23, 2007

UB40 Can’t Help Falling In Love With Reggae

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – This year marks the 27th anniversary of a major love affair: UB40’s love affair with reggae music.

The British band has been around since 1980 and is celebrating by releasing UB40: Live At Montreaux 2002 on CD and DVD.

Although the band has had huge hits like “Red, Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” guitarist Robin Campbell says that, only now, do the members feel that they’re “getting to be a pretty good band.”

In his words, “We’re far more confident as a band now, especially live. We’ve learned to groove with each other.”

One of the keys to staying together so long is that they were all friends before they became a band. Plus, they all accept their limitations as musicians.

As Campbell puts it: “We’re not virtuoso musicians – except for Ali [Campbell] as a singer. But that gives us an accidental uniqueness.”

Campbell says the Montreaux recording is proof of that.

Says he: “We remembered it as a nice gig, but there are lots of gaffes. It’s warts and all, including some dreadful chord clashes.”

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