As founding members of UB40, Ali, Mickey and Astro helped to define reggae music for a generation. The iconic Birmingham reggae troupe 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. Ali Campbell left the band in 2008 after 29 years and has since released four reggae-themed solo collections, with Mickey, who left UB40 soon after Ali, joining him on keys.
"When we play live now, it feels like a real group," says Ali. "The musicians in our band have all played with other reggae acts, so they love what we're doing. And the fact that Astro is back with us after six years speaks volumes about the music we are making."
Recorded in London's renowned RAK Studios, 'Silhouette' is an inspired mix of freshly-minted new songs and sparkling, reggaefied cover versions of classics by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Chi-Lites and others. The track "Silhouette" was originally a 1957 hit for the American doo-wop group The Rays, though this new, yearning take, owes more to an early 1970s version by the crown prince of reggae, the late Dennis Brown. Ali's voice remains as strong as ever - rich, melodic and instantly recognisable. "He's a genius in the way he can work a set of lyrics around a great melody," says Mickey. "Any song he sings could easily be a UB40 tune."
With the redoubtable Astro lending strong vocal support and Mickey's keyboards to the fore in a new band that includes a three-piece horn section, their lithe but potent sound should delight fans old and new.
Release Date: 10 Oct 2014
Artist: Ali Campbell
Catalogue No: COOKCD579
Disc Count: 1
Transfer Format: Compact Disc
Video Format: Reggae
Primary Audio: COOKCD579
Subtitles: Universal Music