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UB40Home Grown In Holland
(Warner Music) (2004)
Stadium reggae from stalwarts...

UB40 took reggae to the masses; stadium concerts and hit singles, managing to water down the music into an easily digestible pop form in the process.

But if you remember reggae is a really commercial Americanised form of traditional Jamaican Mento and Ska, this white reggae is very far removed from its roots.

That said, as stadium bands go, UB40 played a viable and popular style and on stage they were tight. Very tight.

The brass section do add a soul feel, and the whole set up and performance on stage in Rotterdam is very professional. The band clearly enjoy themselves, smiling loads, but thereís little band/audience interaction. For many in the crowd it must have seemed like hearing the records and watching matchsticks bob under a light show, epitomising what I hate so much about such professional bands in such large stadiums.

The 22 song concert (running at nearly 2 hours) covers all their big hits, including Red Red Wine, Rat In Mi Kitchen and Kingston Town.

Extras include 5.1surround sound, photo gallery, band interviews and extra footage. A fully packaged DVD that fans would enjoy.

A full 5 star item for the ardent fan or a casual fan wanting an introduction. But for me itís just too much to stomach.

***

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly


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