UB40 – Wear You To The Ball – 7 Inch Vinyl Record
Wear You to the Ball is a reggae song by the British band UB40. It was originally recorded by John Holt, a Jamaican reggae singer, and released in the 1960s. UB40 covered the song and included their version on their album “Labour of Love,” which was released in 1983.
“Labour of Love” is a compilation album by UB40 consisting entirely of cover versions of songs originally recorded by other artists. The album was a commercial success and helped to popularize UB40’s reggae-infused sound to a wider audience.
Wear You to the Ball is one of the tracks on Labour of Love and showcases UB40’s ability to put their own spin on classic reggae tunes. The song is characterized by its laid-back reggae rhythm, smooth vocals, and romantic lyrics.
If you enjoy reggae music or are a fan of UB40, Wear You to the Ball is a great example of their interpretation of a classic reggae song within their distinctive style.
Named after a British unemployment benefit form, pop-reggae band UB40 was formed in a welfare line in 1978, and its multiracial lineup reflected the working-class community its 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 Earl Falconer, keyboardist Mickey Virtue, saxophonist Brian Travers, drummer Jim Brown, percussionist Norman Hassan, and toaster Terence “Astro” Wilson.
The band purchased its first instruments with compensation money Ali Campbell received after a bar fight, even though few of the members knew how to play them. But by the end of the year, the group was invited to tour with the Pretenders.
Their “Food For Thought” single reached the U.K. Top Ten in 1980, beginning a long streak of chart appearances. Signing Off and Present Arms were big sellers in Britain, if not America, and addressed the political issues of the day in songs like “One in Ten,” a Top Ten hit blasting Margaret Thatcher for the country’s unemployment rate. 1983’s Labour of Love, an album of reggae cover songs, gave the group its first chart album in America and first number one U.K. hit with Neil Diamond’s “Red Red Wine.”
Several albums of original material sold well in the U.K., but only respectably in the U.S., where the group’s biggest hit was a Top 30 cover of Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” featuring the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde.
Full color picture sleeve has slight ring wear from storage and folded corner
1. Wear you to the ball