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UB40 – Food For Thought: Greatest Hits Live (1981/Eagle Vision DVD/Rockpalast)


Picture: C     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Concert: C+



Just when you thought it was safe to listen to Reggae, another UB40 concert is being issued on DVD.  This time, we get a much older show in a 1981 Rockpalast installment issued here as UB40 – Food For Thought: Greatest Hits Live.  We have previously looked at the band in a much more recent 2002 Montreux concert on DVD you can read more about at this link:





Included is a link to a recent studio album.  On this older concert, we do not have to suffer through Red Red Wine or their remakes, but get:


1)     Present Arms

2)     Tyler

3)     King

4)     Food For Thought

5)     The Earth Dies Screaming

6)     Don’t Let It Pass You By

7)     Lamb’s Bread

8)     Silent Witness

9)     Sardonicus

10)  One In Ten

11)  Madam Medusa

12)  Don’t Slow Down

13)  Dr. X

14)  Burden Of Shame

15)  Signing Off



That is almost totally different from the 2002 show and the results are more of a pure, rich Reggae show when the band was more firmly in the genre.  Accusations they became too commercial are somewhat valid when you compare this to the other releases we covered.  They were more successful in the U.K. at this time and overall, but here, the band has more energy and everything just works a little more.  Still, this is for fans and the curious only.


The 1.33 X 1 image is soft, but color is good and it is better more often than not from what is likely an analog PAL video source, while the DTS 5.1 mix is just better enough than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes, but you can still hear compression and other artifacts from the original recording.  Still, someone did their best to make this sound good and that is a plus.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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