UB40 ‎– Present Arms

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LPDEP 1, 12X DEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 12") DEP International, DEP International LPDEP 1, 12X DEP 1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CADEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(Cass, Album) DEP International, Virgin CADEP 1 UK 1981 Sell This Version
323 02 UB40 Present Arms(Cass, Album) Original (6) 323 02 Syria 1981 Sell This Version
VM4-2256 UB40 Present Arms(Cass, Album, Dol) DEP International, Virgin VM4-2256 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic EPC 85126 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic EPC 85126 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic EPC 85126 France 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic EPC 85126 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2125 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2125 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
32685 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic 32685 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
LPDEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) DEP International LPDEP 1 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 32685 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic EPC 32685 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Epic EPC 85126 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
85126 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) EPIC, DEP International 85126 Israel 1981 Sell This Version
VM2256, VM 2256 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album) Dep International, Virgin, Dep International, Virgin VM2256, VM 2256 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
LPDEP 1, 12X DEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 12") DEP International, DEP International LPDEP 1, 12X DEP 1 New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
KSF 2741 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 12") Epic, CBS KSF 2741 South Africa 1981 Sell This Version
ELPS 4239, ES 12036 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 12", Single) Epic, Epic ELPS 4239, ES 12036 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126, EPC A1334, EPCA 1334 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 7") Epic, Epic, Epic EPC 85126, EPC A1334, EPCA 1334 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126, EPC A 1334 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 7", Bon) Epic, DEP International, Epic EPC 85126, EPC A 1334 France 1981 Sell This Version
EPC 85126, EPCA 1334 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album + 7", Single) Epic, Epic EPC 85126, EPCA 1334 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
LPDEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, Promo) DEP International LPDEP 1 Guatemala 1981 Sell This Version
DEP CD1 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Dep International DEP CD1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
CDVM 2256 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Virgin CDVM 2256 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
EPC 32685 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, RE) Epic EPC 32685 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
VJD-28221 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Virgin VJD-28221 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
2-91840 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, DEP International 2-91840 US 1992 Sell This Version
VJCP-23242 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, DEP International VJCP-23242 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
11001607 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, Promo) EMI Uden 11001607 Colombia 1994 Sell This Version
1001607 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, RE) EMI 1001607 Colombia 1994 Sell This Version
DEPCD 1, 0777 7 87755 0 9, 354 372 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Dep International, DEP International, DEP International DEPCD 1, 0777 7 87755 0 9, 354 372 UK & Europe 2009 Sell This Version
00602547055996, 4705599 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx) Virgin, Universal UMC 00602547055996, 4705599 Europe 2014 Sell This Version
4706804 UB40 Present Arms Deluxe Edition(2xLP, Album, RE, 180) Universal Music Group International 4706804 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
4705599, 00602547055996 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx) Universal UMC, Virgin 4705599, 00602547055996 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
none UB40 Present Arms(CDr, Album, Dlx, Promo, RE + CDr, Album, Dlx, Prom) Universal UMC none UK 2017 Sell This Version
DEP CD1, CDEPC 32685 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album) DEP International, Epic DEP CD1, CDEPC 32685 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
DEPCD 1, 0777 7 86270 2 9 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album) Dep International, Virgin DEPCD 1, 0777 7 86270 2 9 UK Unknown Sell This Version
86270 2 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album) Virgin Records America, Inc. 86270 2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDEPC 32685, 01-032685-10 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE) Epic, Epic CDEPC 32685, 01-032685-10 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
2-91840 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RE, RP) Virgin, DEP International 2-91840 US Unknown Sell This Version
0 7777 86270 2 9 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RP) Dep International, Virgin 0 7777 86270 2 9 US Unknown Sell This Version
DEP CD1, 0777 7 87755 0 8 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RP) Dep International, Virgin DEP CD1, 0777 7 87755 0 8 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
DEPCD 1, 0777 7 87755 0 9 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RP) Dep International, Virgin DEPCD 1, 0777 7 87755 0 9 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
CDVNC (WM) 5178 UB40 Present Arms(CD, Album, RP) Dep International, Virgin CDVNC (WM) 5178 South Africa Unknown Sell This Version
4-91840, 91840-4 UB40 Present Arms(Cass, Album, SR) Dep International, Virgin, Dep International, Virgin 4-91840, 91840-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
LPDEP 1, LP DEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, RE) DEP International, DEP International LPDEP 1, LP DEP 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
LP DEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, RE) DEP International LP DEP 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
LPDEP 1, LP DEP 1 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, RE) DEP International, DEP International LPDEP 1, LP DEP 1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
EPC 85126, EPCA 1334 UB40 Present Arms(LP, Album, RE + 7") Epic, Epic EPC 85126, EPCA 1334 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

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joshuagoodenergy

joshuagoodenergy

January 7, 2018
referencing Present Arms, LP, Album, VM2256, VM 2256
The best UB40 album to date. Way better than any of their pop reggae stuff. Great reggae album
side__on

side__on

August 15, 2017
referencing Present Arms, CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + Dlx, 00602547055996, 4705599

It should be noted that this was supposed to be released in november 2014 then febuary 2016 [when a few copies did appear] and then finally a full release in august 2017.
streetmouse

streetmouse

April 24, 2017
referencing Present Arms, LP, Album + 12", LPDEP 1, 12X DEP 1

Like the Clash, UB40’s Present Arms is laced together with lyrics that inspired political and social change, dropping the clampdown on both President Ronald Reagan and Margret Thatcher back in 1981, sporting anti-militaristic themes, along with a strong manifesto for the legalization of marijuana … and it was all done by creating a heavy reverb drenched atmosphere that delivered the message, while the music inspired an intoxicating smile.

To be quite frank, there seems to be little middle ground when it comes to UB40, with people either falling line and loving the sound, or those who dismiss it offhandedly, though there are few who will claim a true dislike for their brand of articulation. UB40, if anything, are understated and subversive, and even so, they manage to capture hearts with their harmonic melodies that contain no angles, their music is nearly ascetically round, seeming inspired to infect the listener, to fire them up and to cool them down simultaneously, giving enough space to both breath and think, while feeling comfortable. All and all, most of the albums from UB40, especially this one, are keenly in spirit for the emancipation of summer sun and surf … and within that construct they’ve laid some important messages that are smartly delivered, yet without the need to pound on their chests, or make their listeners feel preachingly uncomfortable, as many political songs can do.

One would easily think from this description that UB40 burn with a passion, and that that fire surrounds their music and inspires their stage presence, yet it doesn’t. While they do belay a passion, rather than burning with a fury, UB40 are like warm glowing embers, certainly capable of igniting, thought by instilling a sense of warmth an compassion they slowly heat the metal, allowing their ideas to bend and morph with the listener, driving their sonic creations home with groove laden riffs and washes of romantic sparkling effervescence of intelligent uplifting spiritual honest and soulful music.

In all aspects, UB40 are a proper universal multi racial band, and this album is somewhat of a landmark for both its production, message, and for the times from which it rose, with roots that can be traced directly back to Birmingham’s unlicensed Jamaican reggae club scene that emphasized a flowing bottom heavy bass-line that inspired dub in all of its themes and variations that where to follow.

Both Labor of Love and Present Arms have been reissued as tasty collector’s packages, both filled with and additional disc of bonus and live material, though I will say that the additional discs offer little to excite the listener, other than the live recordings, which give a fine feel for what you missed if you’ve never managed to see the band live. Now … the remastering of the material has been handled well, and makes these release a delight in that aspect, perhaps the only reason to spent the dollars.

That being said, there is something still magical about dropping UB40’s actual records onto the turntable, pops scratches surface noise and all, as these fanciful platers from the past are quite lovely in their way, with the flaws and all moving in, mixing with the music, and creating something larger than life that transcends time and space.

Review by Jenell Kesler
John1950

John1950

October 20, 2011
referencing Present Arms, LP, Album + 7", EPC 85126, EPC A1334, EPCA 1334

Splendid compelling record. If a rating of 5+ was possible I would do it!