At last! UB40 deluxe editions emerge

UB40 / 3CD deluxe reissues

Over two years since the planned release, the much delayed triple CD deluxe editions of UB40‘s Present Arms and Labour Of Love have finally emerged.

Without any fanfare (or official announcement) these sets are now available for immediate shipping from various channels, including Amazon.

The 3CD deluxe edition of 1981’s Presents Arms comes with its companion release Present Arms In Dub and a third disc devoted to BBC sessions. Labour of Love (issued in 1983) boasts four UK top 20 singles including number one Red Red Wine. The deluxe edition includes a bonus disc of seven-inch edits, dub mixes and twelve inch versions and like Present Arms includes a CD of BBC live sessions. The full track listings can be viewed below.

Both albums are also available as two-LP 180g vinyl setsPresent Arms includes Present Arms In Dub on the second vinyl record while Labour of Love repeats the edits/remixes bonus disc on the second LP (minus the live version of Food For Thought).

The 3CD deluxe sets and 2LP vinyl editions of Present Arms and Labour of Love are out now.

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Present Arms - 3CD deluxe

Shop Price gbp Stock
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 9.64
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.71
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 9.56
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 8.09
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 14.76
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.99
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 22.99

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Present Arms - 2LP vinyl

Shop Price gbp Stock
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.28
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 20.26
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 18.22
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.25
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 23.99
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 30.26

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Labour Of Love - 3CD deluxe

Shop Price gbp Stock
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 8.96
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 35.14
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 16.05
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 16.3
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 8.09
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 21.28
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 22.99

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Labour of Love - 2LP vinyl

Shop Price gbp Stock
Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 20.28
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.9
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 20.77
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.89
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 20.99
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 27.17
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 27.99

Present Arms / 3CD deluxe edition

Disc: 1 – Present Arms
1. Present Arms
2. Sardonicus
3. Don’t Let It Pass You By
4. Wild Cat
5. One In Ten
6. Don’t Slow Down
7. Silent Witness
8. Lamb’s Bread
9. Don’t Walk On The Grass
10. Dr. X
11. Don’t Slow Down [12″ version]

Disc: 2 – Present Arms in Dub
1. Present Arms In Dub
2. Smoke It
3. B Line
4. King’s Row
5. Return Of Dr X
6. Walk Out
7. One In Ten (Present Arms in Dub Version)
8. Neon Haze

Disc: 3 – BBC Live Sessions

BBC Radio 1 Session – 23.04.81
1. One In Ten
2. Present Arms
3. Silent Witness
4. Sardonicus

BBC Radio 1 In Concert – 13.06.81
5. Present Arms
6. Tyler
7. Food For Thought
8. Don’t Let It Pass You By
9. Sardonicus
10. One In Ten
11. Madame Medusa
12. Don’t Slow Down
13. Burdon Of Shame
14. Don’t Walk On The Grass
15. Medley: I Think It’s Going To Rain Today / Dream A Lie / My Way Of Thinking

Present Arms / 2LP vinyl

LP 1
1. Present Arms
2. Sardonicus
3. Don’t Let It Pass You By
4. Wild Cat
5. One In Ten
6. Don’t Slow Down
7. Silent Witness
8. Lamb’s Bread
9. Don’t Walk On The Grass
10. Dr. X

LP 2
1. Present Arms In Dub
2. Smoke It
3. B Line
4. King’s Row
5. Return Of Dr X
6. Walk Out
7. One In Ten
8. Neon Haze

UB40 Labour of Love / 3CD deluxe edition

Disc: 1 – Labour of Love
1. Cherry Oh Baby
2. Keep On Moving
3. Please Don’t Make Me Cry
4. Sweet Sensation
5. Johnny Too Bad
6. Red Red Wine
7. Guilty
8. She Caught The Train
9. Version Girl
10. Many Rivers To Cross

Disc: 2 – Singles and B-sides
1. Red Red Wine (7″ version)
2. Sufferin’ (dub mix)
3. Many Rivers To Cross (7″ version)
4. Food For Thought (live)
5. Johnny Too Bad (Unexpurgated version)
6. Cherry Oh Baby (Dub mix)
7. Frilla (12″ version)
8. I’ve Got Mine (extended version)
9. Dubmobile

Disc: 3 – BBC Live Sessions

BBC Radio 1 Session – 14.04.83
1. Red Red Wine
2. Please Don’t Make Me Cry

BBC Radio 1 In Concert – 07.01.84
3. One In Ten
4. Keep On Moving
5. Don’t Let It Pass You By
6. Love Is All Is Alright
7. Johnny Too Bad
8. Sweet Sensation
9. Cherry Oh Baby
10. Red Red Wine
11. Please Don’t Make Me Cry
12. Present Arms
13. Tyler

Labour Of Love / 2LP vinyl

LP  1 – Labour of Love
1. Cherry Oh Baby
2. Keep On Moving
3. Please Don’t Make Me Cry
4. Sweet Sensation
5. Johnny Too Bad
6. Red Red Wine
7. Guilty
8. She Caught The Train
9. Version Girl
10. Many Rivers To Cross

LP 2 – Singles and B-sides
1. Red Red Wine (7″ version)
2. Sufferin’ (dub mix)
3. Many Rivers To Cross (7″ version)
4. Johnny Too Bad (Unexpurgated version)
5. Cherry Oh Baby (Dub mix)
6. Frilla (12″ version)
7. I’ve Got Mine (extended version)
8. Dubmobile


55 responses to At last! UB40 deluxe editions emerge

  1. Paul E. says:

    Thank you Paul. This is news to me and, honesty, at the rate I purchase music- I should have known this. I’ll miss the “old” DE slip cover as it added some nice protection for those thicker double and triple disc digipacks!

  2. Paul E. says:

    Just received both sets today. Did anyone’s come with the “common” deluxe edition acrylic sleeve that slips over the digipack? Both of my sets had a banded label/sticker that read “deluxe edition” on a white background in black text. Sets were pressed in the Netherlands. The label peeled of easily enough luckily, in fact, I carefully cut it so that the front cover retained the “deluxe edition” verbiage. (I’m neurotic about stickers…)

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Those stickers replaced the sleeves ages ago. Only ABBA’s deluxe editions seemed to buck the trend and maintain the clear sleeves.

  3. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Anthony, I believe the original album is remastered.It is listed as such on discogs

  4. Anthony says:

    Are these albums remastered? Or just a repackage of the original CDs (with added bonus material)???

    • russell finch says:

      Disc 1 is identical the original CD except for the addition of the don’t slow down 12″ – not remastered. I never had the original PAID CD but I suspect that disc 2 is just a repackage of that disc too. Disc 3 sounds really good though. Overall a disappointment after waiting so long.

  5. NabobOfDub says:

    I can’t recommend both reissues highly enough. The 3rd CDs with the live and BBC Radio One Sessions are truly revelatory and show how good a prospect they were as a live band even back then.
    The 2nd CD from the ‘Labour Of Love’ release has some really excellent remixes and dub tracks featured on it.

  6. David says:

    Happy that i bought the Signing Off 30th anniversary deluxe edition when it came out in 2010. It’s such a lovely set with the album never sounding better. Their very first live radio session from 1979, all the single and 12 inch versions, BBC sessions and a DVD with their first TV appearance on TOTP, promo videos and more. Hopefully it will be available again because Signing Off is their first and also their best and rawest album by 8 boys who just have reached 20 years in 1980.

    • Joris says:

      There are apparently talks about re-releasing the SIGNING OFF set as it is currently sold out. The original deluxe edition actually left of the 7″ single versions of King / Food For Thought, Earth Dies Screaming, My Way Of Thinking, Dream A lie, etc which sound different from the album. There are also 2 versions of the track 25% (one from the Monster Club soundtrack, one from the EMI compilation LP ‘Bouncing in The Red’) that I’d like to see included. I was involved with the artwork only for the 1st deluxe edition. Gave my input if they would ever do another version of the deluxe edition.

  7. Paul says:

    Well my copy of Present Arms ordered via Amazon UK yesterday has just arrived on my desk

  8. Wolfgang Mintrop says:

    Information for German customers: got my copies from last week (Don’t be irritated by the given issue date which has never been changed from 2014 and 2015 up to 04/08/2017).

  9. Paul E. says:

    This is just as scandalous as before I’m afraid. Went to order via Amazon UK who stated “Present Arms” was available and at checkout it was noted as unavailable (about ten seconds transpired). Tried via the Canadian site and my cart message states “usually ships in one to two months”. Nonsense! I’m giving up at this point.

    • Trash says:

      @Paul E
      Don’t give up. I ordered a couple of days ago (Actually before I saw the SDE announcement) because I happened to be checking the Amazon site and I noticed that the status had changed to temporarily unavailable. I tried ordering on the off chance even though I had no hopes that these were really being available after so long.
      Even after I completed my order, the status was still given s temporarily unavailable but I thought I would try it anyway. Then the announcement came on SDE that these were indeed coming out so I presumed that Amazon just needed time to get their act together.
      Indeed this morning I have just received a notice to say that Present Arms Deluxe has been dispatched (oh and that the China Crisis albums are being delayed…).

      • Paul E. says:

        Thanks Trash- I got the message on the China Crisis delay also. Just picked up “Present Arms” + “Labour of Love” from a very reputable UK seller on eBay [patience has never ever been my thing and Amazon’s shipping projections look sketchy at best. At least the eBay seller has them in hand to ship to me in the U.S.]. Looking forward to owning these finally and they will sit nicely next to my “Signing Off” 30th Anniversary set! A late thanks goes to Paul Sinclair for making the announcement.

  10. Ray says:

    Hi Paul,
    Do you know why the original UB40 re-issue was pulled or withdrawn, I ordered on amazon pre-release in 2014 and never saw the discs. Now they appear again, with no details on release date on amazon. I understand from reading that limited quantities were around, how and why so limited, was it related to UB40 dramas.
    Do you have any contacts at Universal to provide an update.
    Thanks – Ray

  11. Tim says:

    So no UB44 Deluxe then, shame so unloved…. I confess I quite like it.

    • Lee says:

      UB44 sits in the shadows of the first couple of albums, but it’s a superb album. Seems to go unloved, as you say… None of the three singles appeared on the first best of, despite ‘So Here I Am’ and the excellent ‘Love Is All Is Alright’ scoring reasonable chart placings.

  12. Trash says:

    So pleased that these are finally getting a release. Was gutted when Amazon cancelled my original order after many months of waiting.
    I have been scouring Discogs to see if anyone was planning to part with a copy of Present Arms.

    I got the vinyl reissue which sounds great but i really wanted the session versions that are on the Deluxe CD.

    As for the price, I think 3 CDs for £16 is great pricing especially given the quality of the music (I’m purely thinking of Present Arms as I don’t know Labour of Love at all).

  13. chstt31 says:

    Curious that I Got Mine & Dubmobile are on LOL when they are from the UB44 era. IIRC, it was discussed on here on the original thread and it was due to lack of space on the proposed UB44 deluxe which was originally tentatively planned to follow these releases (would be surprised if it ever gets released).

    • Lee says:

      Got these now. I never thought the day would come when I could actually say that. It’s a shame the releases eventually appeared with no fanfare (it was only an SDE advert that made me aware), since the planned UB44 reissue was said only to happen “on the basis of the LOL & PE reissues shifting enough units”. With no fanfare, there’s little hope of that happening…and more’s the pity.

  14. kenny brown says:

    The Present Arms live CD is well worth the price of buying this set. I had a recording of it on cassette from when it was broadcast and I recall it was very powerful

  15. Tom says:

    Some of the original Labour of Love reissues actually were sent out at the time or were available to sell by Amazon sellers. I own one.

  16. eric says:

    I’d love to see the Deluxe treatment given to their Live in Moscow release.

    • Glenn says:

      …and the Live in Moscow video released on DVD. The ‘Orchestral Dub’ from that VHS release was included on the promo UB40 ‘The Reel’ release.

    • Paul E. says:

      @Eric- agreed! Perhaps a Deluxe “Rat In The Kitchen” with BBC Sessions, Remixes, and (on disc 3) “Live In Moscow”. It probably won’t happen but one can hope right?

      • Lee says:

        I’d like to see ‘Live In Moscow’ get a standalone deluxe release. There’s more than enough material. Aside from the original LP/CD and the VHS release, there was also a “Broadcast Version” of the Moscow film that included behind the scenes footage and other stuff not included in the sell-through edit. There was possibly also live material recorded which didn’t make the final audio release too, since they played for more than the one night.

        However, since the Labour of Love reissue sadly omitted the companion film – long overdue a reissue – we shouldn’t hold our collective breath for any more archive UB40 DVDs.

        It’s a pie in the sky dream…but I’d pay handsomely for an official deluxe reissue of their 1988 LP including a tracklist something resembling the one in the link below:

        • Joris says:

          @Lee: the ‘Labour of Love’ companion film was released on the CD+DVD issue of ‘Best Of Labour Of Love’ back in 2009. It also has the Labour of Love II documentary and the song videos for Labour of Love III.

  17. Mike the Fish says:

    Strange cutting decision with Arms in Dub disk. Should be four tracks either side, but they went for five and three.

  18. Mike T says:

    I had these pre-ordered from years ago and they cancelled my orders since they claimed they couldn’t get the items. Thanks to SDE website, I just went back in to my account and ordered both from a third party seller that will ship to the US. Thank you.

    Note – I already had the reissued vinyl versions for quite some time, but also wanted the 3 disc deluxe editions.

  19. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Simon Taylor £17.99 in store from HMV seems pretty good. The package looks pretty nice, a 6 panel digipak. Given it has been a long time coming I’d grab a copy pretty quick.

  20. simon taylor says:

    Sorry, wasting money on legal wrangles that should be.

    Can anyone confirm where the cheapest option is? This isn’t a cheap reissue but also mindful it might not hand around long.

  21. simon taylor says:

    I pre-ordered present arms last time and order was cancelled by amazon. I assume this is all legal wrangling over the band name, which is very stupid and both sides just waiting money fighting over the name. But that’s another story.

    I’m ordering now but going to a third party seller. Hoping its the correct item. Utterly bizarre how these reissues have worked out. I love the reissue of the first album, hope this is just as good and that it turns up.

    I have Present Arms on vinyl, nice used copy but having the deluxe on cd is what is needed.

    No real love for Labour of Love, beyond that I do like their singles but the first two albums were where my enthusiasm really ends for the band.

    • Stevie B says:

      First two albums were terrific but after that they descended into recording insipid covers. Might get Present Arms if HMV have it in stock at a reasonable price (I remember loving the BBC sessions, which I have on cassette), shame I was unaware of the Signing Off re-issue.

  22. Saar Freedman says:

    I have both for over a year now. bought them when they were first released. they quickly disappeared off rhe maeket and only now re-emerge but obviously some copies were pressed and sold on the original release date.

  23. Jonniboi says: that’s where I got mine from they arrived yesterday

  24. David M says:

    Wonder which UB40 version gets the royalties. Prices are good.

  25. Mark Phillips says:

    Also nice to see Dubmobile more widely available on CD.

    Totes Brill Track!

  26. Mark Phillips says:

    I notice there’s no warning sticker on the cover of Labour Of Love about the language in Johnny Too Bad.

    As a teenager I found it quite rude. Now it’s probably water off a duck’s back to most teenagers!

  27. Imagine says:

    A reissue of the deluxe edition of their debut album would be nice.

  28. Philip says:

    Blimey, all that brass I spent on an import copy of Present Arms from Portugal!!!! Nice to see the readily available though.

  29. Nick Barnes says:

    Present Arms 3CD Was in stock at my local HMV last Friday

  30. Gary C says:

    I saw the Promo CD’s for both of these at least 18 months ago in Record & CD Exchange in Greenwich, and I was skint at the time

  31. Eric says:

    Both were instore at my local HMV, multiple copies displayed with other new reissues at 17.99.

  32. Flo says:

    It seems that Amazon itself doesn’t have any pices on their stocks. Just marketplace sellers (and Present arms is the onyl one on pre-order everywhere on the 13th of August). Strange kind of release for both…

  33. Paul says:

    Music Magpie have it but not Amazon direct – still seems very strange Be interesting to see if any orders actually turn up

    • Francis says:

      DO NOT purchase these Deluxe Editions or any CDS, DVDs, Blu Ray or Vinyl from the Third Party Seller ‘musicMagpie because they receive so much negative feedback on Ebay with regard items being in terrible condition or never arriving (I Have Warned You)!

      • Dean says:

        Can’t say as I have ever had a problem with Music Magpie. Bought loads from them, and on the very odd occasion there has been an issue they usually just issue a refund.

        • hamicle says:

          Dean, that’s been my experience too. They sell new stock as well as used so I expect they’ll be fine to go to for these UB40 deluxe editions if they have them in stock.

        • Chris Squires says:

          Ditto, I must have bought a dozen pieces from Music magpie in the last 12 months, all through Amazon and had no problems. From single CDs to SDE Vinyl boxsets. I think there are enough amazon safeguards in place (a to z etc.) to make most third party sellers a reliable bet. All of the issues I have ever had have been resolved when using third party sellers. Replacements always sent or refunds always issued quickly.
          Of course things can always go wrong and maybe I have been lucky, but MM don’t seem any worse than any other.

  34. Neil says:

    It’s strange how the likes of Amazon, HMV and the rest haven’t got these in stock in fact it’s only Amazon that actually lists them probably left over from when they were originally going to be released. It’s actually only marketplace sellers that seem to have them and a few sellers on ebay where i succumbed and bought them for £16.26 each though it looks like i will have a 2 week wait before i get them.

  35. Auntie Sabrina says:

    Never thought that the Present Arms Deluxe CD would ever be released. HMV have had the 18 track vinyl in stock since August 2016. Looks like only Amazon currently stock this then, was it releassed in Europe somewhere – the production/copyright credit is 2014?

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