UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro will release their new album “Unprecedented,” July 1 through UMe.
The album will be released as a black 2LP, a limited-edition white-color 2LP, 1CD, limited-edition cassette as well as digitally. All formats include their new single “Sufferer,” which Campbell has dedicated to his beloved friend and bandmate of over four decades, Astro, who tragically passed away last November.
“Sufferer is a song that Astro and I have always loved, from the brilliant Kingstonians,” comments Campbell. “Astro was so proud of our version of this song, as am I. It’s the first track off our new studio album “Unprecedented” which will be out in the summer. This song is more poignant and special than I ever realized after Astro heartbreakingly passed away after recording this album. We want to keep his memory alive through his music and this song and album.”
UB40 featuring Campbell, Astro and Mickey’s most recent album, 2018’s A Real Labour Of Love, debuted at No.2 on the UK album chart, only dropping one place a week later to No.3, and the album spent a month in the Top 10. UB40 topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. Between 1983 and 1998 the group produced three Labour Of Love albums, bringing hits such as Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry Oh Baby”, Lord Creator’s “Kingston Town” and Johnny Osbourne’s “Come Back Darling” to a new, global audience. They also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their reggae covers of “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” and had a further UK No.1 with their cover of “I Got You Babe” with Chrissie Hynde.
“Unprecedented” tracklist (2LP,1CD, cassette, digital):
Caught You In A Lie
Do Yourself A Favour
Emperors Wore No Clothes
Happy Includes Everyone
Heaven In Her Eyes
Lean On Me / In Aid Of NHS Charities Together
Lean On Me
Stay Another Day
Sunday Morning Coming Down
We’ll Never Find Another Love
What Have I Done