UB40 ‎– Signing Off

Graduate Records ‎– GRADLP 2, Graduate Records ‎– GRAD LP2
Vinyl, LP, Album
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Tyler 5:53
A2 King 4:32
A3 12 Bar 4:25
A4 Burden Of Shame 7:00
B1 Adella 3:27
B2 I Think It's Going To Rain Today
Written-By – R. Newman*
B3 25% 3:34
B4 Food For Thought 4:12
B5 Little By Little 3:44
B6 Signing Off 4:28
C Madam Medusa 12:51
D1 Strange Fruit
Written-By – L. Allan*
D2 Reefer Madness 5:09

Companies, etc.



Issued in a card sleeve [not gatefold] made to resemble an unemployment benefit attendance card. Records come in black printed inner sleeves.

Tracks A1 to B6 recorded 21-24 December 1979, 31 March-10 April, 16 June-1 July, Bob Lamb's Home Of The Hits.
Tracks C to D2 recorded 18-20 July 1980, The Music Center.

All titles published by Graduate/New Claims/ATV, except
(B2) Inter Song
(B3) Graduate/New Claims/ITC
(D1) Planetary Nom (London) Ltd.

Made in Great Britain

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): GRADLP2A2 EG Utopia
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): GRADLP2B2 EG Utopia
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): UB 40 Side 1-2 EG Utopia
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): UB 40 Side 2-2 EG Utopia

Other Versions (5 of 54) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0777 7 88261 2 5, CDOVD439 UB40 Signing Off(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin, DEP International, DEP International 0777 7 88261 2 5, CDOVD439 UK 1994 Sell This Version
0777 7 88261 2 5 UB40 Signing Off(CD, Album, RE) Virgin Records America, Inc., Graduate Records 0777 7 88261 2 5 US Unknown Sell This Version
GRK 76000 UB40 Signing Off(Cass) Graduate Records GRK 76000 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
AW-1054 UB40 Signing Off(LP, Album) Trio Records AW-1054 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
VJCP-23240 UB40 Signing Off(CD, Album, RE) Graduate Records VJCP-23240 Japan 1993 Sell This Version


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May 27, 2018
"Signing Off" actually means to stop claiming what was then Unemployment Benefit in the UK. As part of your claim you "signed on" (the unemployment register/dotted line) and were given a small UB40 booklet. If you were able to work but had no job you continued to "sign on" each fortnight (to declare you had not been working and were entitled to your payment). Once you found work, you "signed off" and handed in your UB40. Guess they called the LP "Signing Off" because they no longer needed to claim and were on their way to making money as a band.


October 14, 2017
I have a release of this album from India Stereo 2392536


September 11, 2017

Easily the best UB40 album and a far cry from their later stuff. Love it!


November 13, 2016

I disagree that this was the only UB40 worth a listen, however it is the best of the bunch. A highly underrated group that gave so much back to Jamaica taking a lot less and giving a lot more than many from Jamaican songwriters and originators.
Whether you like the Lp or not Labour Of Love ploughed money back into the same Jamaican artistes once taken advantage of with one off writing fees and per recording/performance payments.


April 12, 2016
There is only one good UB40 album and this is it. All the soppy covers that followed this come nowhere near, not by a black country mile. I first heard this album at a girlfriends house and it was way outside the sort of thing I was listening to at the time (think long haired teenager, very early eighties, knew all the lyrics to ‘Suppers Ready’ by Genesis). To me it feels like they had one good album in them, the debut, the one all bands take a lifetime to write before it is committed to vinyl, from Tyler to Signing off it emits quality and reeks of authenticity (there’s the accompanying 12″ as well with ‘Madam Medusa’, ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Reefer Madness’).

I wouldn’t say that this album converted me in any major way, but it was part of a collection of different albums that opened my mind and ears to different types of music and made my listening much more eclectic.


November 7, 2014
i have a copy with the same label on both sides? has anyone got a mislabel?


March 27, 2013
The only record I own by them, much better than anything else they recorded and the 12" is a classic


August 8, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Very nice early record from UB40 that is much closer to roots reggae / dub then pop and has thus stood the test of time. Very chill offering with great basslines and minimal dubbed out vocals. Not at all what you would expect from UB40 now or in the later 80's. Recommended.