There is only one good UB40 album and this is it. All the soppy covers that followed this come nowhere near, not by a black country mile. I first heard this album at a girlfriends house and it was way outside the sort of thing I was listening to at the time (think long haired teenager, very early eighties, knew all the lyrics to ‘Suppers Ready’ by Genesis). To me it feels like they had one good album in them, the debut, the one all bands take a lifetime to write before it is committed to vinyl, from Tyler to Signing off it emits quality and reeks of authenticity (there’s the accompanying 12″ as well with ‘Madam Medusa’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Reefer Madness’).
I wouldn’t say that this album converted me in any major way, but it was part of a collection of different albums that opened my mind and ears to different types of music and made my listening much more eclectic.