40 years after its landmark release in 1980, the vinyl reissue of UK pop/reggae band UB40 debut album Signing Off, will be released on March 14, 2021viaEMI/UME. An instant critical success, Signing Off debuted at #2 on the UK album charts and was later certified Platinum by the BPI, with singles “Food For Thought” and “I Think it’s Going To Rain Today” reaching the top ten of the UK singles charts. The 2LP (180g) red vinyl features all 10 original tracks, as well as three bonus tracks (“Madam Medusa”, “Strange Fruit,” and “Reefer Madness”) and can be pre-ordered HERE.
The cover artwork memorably duplicated the UK’s equivalent of an unemployment benefit card (a “UB40”), with the title Signing Off rubber-stamped in red, but it was the music that quickly worked its way into the musical collections of a young, mainly student crowd with its knowing lyrics, upbeat reggae rhythms and dubby, instrumental passages, offset by warm horn solos and Jamaican style scatting. An impactful debut, Signing Off signaled the entry of a formidable voice in British New Wave.
UB40 – Signing Off (2LP Set) LP1 – Side A 1. Tyler 2. King 3. 12 Bar 4. Burden Of ShameLP1 – Side B 1. Adella 2. I Think It’s Going To Rain Today 3. 25% 4. Food For Thought 5. Little By Little 6. Signing Off