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Ringo Starr's various late-career All Star bands may have been somewhat shaggy, nostalgia-laden affairs, but they found a warm reception with audiences far and wide. But the concept of Starr gathering a roster of stellar musician friends in a comfortable, partylike atmosphere was hardly a new one. Until 1973's Ringo, Starr's solo work had been a strange mix of quirky exercises in nostalgia (Sentimental Journey), country & western (Beaucoups of Blues) and Beatles-esque top 10 hits ("It Don't Come Easy," "Back Off Boogaloo"). But under the big-budget aegis of producer Richard Perry, Starr gathered an impressive roster of musician friends (including all three fellow Beatles, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson, and Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan, Billy Preston and a dozen others) to record what remains the best album of his solo career. The Fabs contributions are warm and heartfelt, especially John Lennon's tongue-in-cheek romp, "I'm the Greatest," a track that outshines even George Harrison's upbeat sea-shanty "Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond)" and Paul McCartney's pop-flavored "Six O'Clock." But Ringo also proved that Starr himself was no slouch in the hit-making department, cowriting the hits "Photograph" (with Harrison) and "Oh My My," while making the Johnny Burnette chestnut "Only Sixteen" all his own. --Jerry McCulley
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You want some great songs with incredible arrangements? You want songs you can listen to 500 times a week and never get sick of them? How about the rousing rocker "Have You Seen My Baby?" How about the Starr-Harrison ballad, "Photograph," an enormously under-rated song. Why not listen to Ringo's version of "You're Sixteen" (with Paul on the kazoo!) Or "Oh My My" which was a mega-hit back in '73. Sample "Devil Woman" which contains one of Ringo's best drum solos ever, nearly as good as the one he pulled off on the classic "Abbey Road."
This CD version contains "It Don't Come Easy" which was not on the original LP. This song is the second-best Beatles solo recording, after "Imagine." Admittedly many will laugh at that pick, but the song is brilliant, with an exciting and original arrangement. Ringo never sounded better. This is a *great* album, with wonderful and exuberant singing, an awesome backup band and the closest thing you'll ever get to hearing the Beatles again. On two songs John, George and Ringo perform together - not bad.
I have had this record since I was nine years old and I still listen to it regularly and it always brings a smile to my face. A brilliant album. Buy it and it will be a staple in your collection.
When The Beatles split up in early 1970, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon had no trouble reinventing themselves as solo artists. Unfortunately, Ringo Starr didn't have the same kind of luck that his ex-band comrades had. His first album, Sentimental Journey, was a collection of covers of songs from the mid-twentieth century. Fans didn't care much for this album. His second album, Beaucoups Of Blues, was nothing but country songs! It was a step in the right direction, but he still wasn't quite there. They say the third time is the charm, but with Ringo Starr, is that quote accurate? Read on for my review of Ringo.
Finally, Ringo goes back to the genre that made him a living legend - pop rock. And he brings all of his former Beatles comrades along for the ride, as well as Mark Bolan (T. Rex!) The album doesn't waste any time getting off to a good start. John Lennon's composition, I'm The Greatest, kicks things off. Lennon does backing vocals and guitar here, and he does a damn good job of it. Combine this with Ringo's (surprisingly good) singing voice, and you've got a version of this song considerably better than Lennon could ever have accomplished on his own. George Harrison, probably the former Beatle that Ringo got along with best following the band's break-up, wrote a number of songs on here. He and Ringo worked together on Photograph, which became one of Ringo's biggest solo hits. This is melodic pop rock at its very best. Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) is another Harrison composition, which implements elements of eastern-world music (something Harrison became infamous for.) Surprisingly, this works well! And, of course, Paul McCartney couldn't be left out of this project!Read more ›
The album, Ringo's third solo effort, was a huge hit, and the single "Photograph" was the biggest solo Beatle hit (Number one in the US and Europe) up to that time (recall that George was fairly quiet at the time and John and Paul were still bickering, sometimes musically, i.e. "How Do You Sleep?" from John and "Too Many People" from Paul). All three of the other Beatles perform here, and the album is replete with Beatles musicianship, vocals, writing and aura, most notably George's sublime 12 string guitar work on "Photograph" (George also provides some of the writing and backup vocals for the track.Read more ›
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Since I was online I thought I'd give a review of this remake.
I have the original LP and that was just great. Read more
My fav Beatles singer has always been Ringo, so I rushed to buy this one. I have to chip him on one account. Why, Ringo, don't you write your own songs? Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Tnahpellee
Top production job by Richard Perry makes this Ringo's most cohesive solo effort. Having contemporary rock legends on hand like bandmate George Harrisong, Harry Nilsson, Billy... Read morePublished on April 3 2004
How can anyone analyse any post Beatle album free of prejudice of the remarkable content of their group effort? Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by David Barzo
Ringo (1973.) Ringo Starr's third solo album.
When The Beatles split up in early 1970, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon had no trouble reinventing themselves... Read more
Ok, ok, maybe not THE most, but certainly up there. We've all heard criticisms of Ringo throughout the years. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Jeffrey Lees
"Ringo" is great fun. I wouldn't put it in the same league as "All Things Must Pass" or "Plastic Ono Band," but then "Ringo" doesn't strive... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Joseph Kimsey