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This 2005 release joins together The Best of UB40, Vol. 1 and The Best of UB40, Vol. 2 while adding two additional cuts, “Swing Low” and “Kiss & Say Goodbye” to the latter. Casual fans will find all the hits they require, including reggae-pop favorites like “Red Red Wine,” “Rat in Mi Kitchen,” “Kingston Town,” and “1 in 10.”


Formed: 1978 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Named after a British unemployment benefit form, pop-reggae band UB40 were formed in a welfare line in 1978, and their multiracial lineup reflected the working-class community their members came from. The band consolidated its street credibility with political topics appealing to dissatisfied youth and got a boost from fans of the waning 2-Tone ska revival movement. Brothers Robin (lead guitar) and Ali Campbell (guitar, lead vocals) formed the centerpiece of the group, which also included bassist...
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