'UB40 - Food For Thought'
(UB40 / DVD / NR / 2009 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: 'UB40 - Food For Thought' was filmed at the Sartory-Sale in Cologne in July 1981 for the Rockpalast TV series.
DVD Verdict: UB40 performed their first gig in 1979 in their home city of Birmingham. They got their initial break when they were spotted by Chrissie Hynde and invited to support The Pretenders on their upcoming UK tour.
The band members began as friends who knew each other from various colleges and schools across Birmingham. The name "UB40" was selected in reference to the document issued to people claiming unemployment benefit from the UK government's Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) at the time of the band's formation. The designation UB40 stood for Unemployment Benefit, Form 40.
Nowadays there are not as many usual suspects remaining in the band, now that lead singer and co-creator of the band Ali Campbell has also decided to leave the band. But, that said, 'UB40 - Food For Thought' is a fine flashback of what this great, beloved British band stood for in the world of music.
All crammed onto a darkly, semi-lit stage, the Rockpalast ultra rainbow-colored neon sign blazing away behind them, Ali leads his men onwards and musically upwards on over an hours worth of sweaty ska/reggae, horn-blowing music.
The set list comprises exclusively from just two (at that time only released) albums, and features all their early hits. Classic tracks such as 'King', 'Food For Thought', 'The Earth Dies Screaming', 'Don't Let It Pass You By', 'One In Ten', 'Don't Slow Down', and (thankfully) many more tasty bites.
Culminating the show with 'Dr X', 'Burden Of Shame', and, of course, 'Signing Off', UB40 show in this flashback concert that they truly possessed a unique sound, a wonderful lead singer, and fans that (even though they were German), still seemed to get into each and every song ... and this, at a time when the band had only just released their second album, 'Present Arms'! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.