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  • Audio CD (April 23 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000DRC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. I'm The Greatest
2. Have You Seen My Baby?
3. Photograph
4. Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)
5. You're Sixteen
6. Oh My My
7. Step Lightly
8. Six O'clock
9. Devil Woman
10. You and Me (Babe)
11. It Don't Come Easy
12. Early 1970
13. Down And Out

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2008.


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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Format: Audio CD
I realize nearly everyone else would say "Plastic Ono Band," "Imagine," "All Things Must Pass" or "Band on the Run" are the greatest solo Beatles albums. I disagree and nominate this incredible Ringo record for top honors. How many albums have you bought that had *no* lousy songs on them? This album pulls off that feat.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. With songwriting and playing contributions from all four ex-Beatles, this is the closest thing to a Beatles reunion we ever got. The quality of it shows. The production quality is excellent; no, it is not George Martin, it is different but still excellent. I don't understand all the reviewers who diss it as being too lightweight. It is not lyrically poignant like Dylan, nor as intense as Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band", nor does it employ a concept like McCartney's "Band on the Run", but that is not the point. It is an enjoyable album with catchy tunes. And there is not a dud in the bunch. I don't think it has to be lyrically deep or musically complex to be good. This is a fun album. If anyone thinks that makes it insignificant, I won't argue that. But I really enjoy it.
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Format: Audio CD
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 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!
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Format: Audio CD
This is without question Ringo's greatest album. Ringo (Richard Starkey) always labored in relative obscurity behind his drum kit as a Beatle, but really it took the breakup of rock's biggest band to let Ringo shine. Shine he does on this album, first released in November, 1973. After the acrimonious breakup of the Beatles, this album was a bit cathartic for all of the post-Fab Four. Many, if not most, Beatle historians point to Ringo's moderating influence in keeping the group together as long as it was (post 1968 or so), and that is really borne out if you watch "Let It Be" with a critical eye. The point here isn't to lionize Ringo, but to simply point out that given the bitterness present in the breakup of the Beatles, only Ringo could get all four Beatles onto one piece of vinyl, if at different times, of course. That's the simple reason I consider this album to be the closest thing to a real Beatles reunion since 1970.
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.
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