UB40 - The Very Best Of UB40 1980-2000 (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 506 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans ~ 119 Mb | 01:16:26
Reggae, Pop, Ska, Dub, Pop/Rock | Label: Virgin/DEP | # 7243 8 50469 2 6/DUBTVX3
While the two previous Best of UB40 collections neatly divided the band's output between their more political early period and their later, covers-oriented pop success, they were also only ten tracks apiece. The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000 is the first comprehensive single-disc overview of the band's career, and it's a lot more generous at 20 tracks. It isn't arranged chronologically, which actually helps the programming by splitting up the covers over the course of the running order. There's a bit more toughness to the earlier songs, both in the lyrics and the punchier performances. Yet in the end, the sonic differences are subtle enough that casual fans should still be able to enjoy them (unless they only want to hear the band performing reggae-pop versions of oldies they already know).