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Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, was the drummer in the Beatles from 1962 to 1970 and thus became one of the most famous musicians of the '60s. Though the least prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished himself as an occasional singer of good-natured material and as an actor. Upon the group's split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the first, an album called ... Read more in Amazon's Ringo Starr Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025DA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Who Needs A Heart (Album Version) 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Bad Boy (Album Version) 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lipstick Traces (Album Version) 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Heart On My Sleeve (Album Version) 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Where Did Our Love Go (Album Version) 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Hard Times (Album Version) 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tonight (Album Version) 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Monkey See-Monkey Do (Album Version) 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Old Time Relovin' (Album Version) 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Man Like Me (Album) 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Catalogue number EK 35378 on the Epic label with the following tracks: 1> Who Needs A Heart [3:47], 2> Bad Boy [3:14], 3> Lipstick Traces [3:01], 4> Heart On My Sleeve [3:19], 5> Where Did Our Love Go [3:15], 6> Hard Times [3:30], 7> Tonight [2:57], 8> Monkey See-Monkey Do [3:36], 9> Old Time Relovin' [4:16], 10> A Man Like Me [3:08].

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 18 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
Though the title song is hardly world shattering its interesting to realise its pedigree and wonder how it ever came to the attention of Ringo as its not the Larry Williams song of the same title covered by the Beatles .

It began life in the 30s as a song called Brown Girl when it was written by Louis Armstrong's wife Lil.Enter a vocal group called the Cabaliers who used to perform with big bands and who recorded the song for the Okeh label.

As the personnel changed only one original member was left and in 1956 they became the Jive Bombers,remaking the song as Bad Boy and charting it into the top 40.So somebody somewhere must have thought it was worth reviving!

Lipstick Traces on the other hand is a classic song from New Orleans,covered by the Stones after they heard the Benny Spellman original.Its well suited to Ringo whose forte is really the cover version.

At the time this album came out Ringo was on a downward spiral both in his personal life and the content of his albums-a pity he never managed to avoid funk and disco but there you go-his music just wasn't selling and he was just going through the motions.

The latest fads were for the new punk bands-the same ones which litter the charity shops all over the country and where you are unlikely to find this album.One of the peculiarities of the music business
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clark Gillies on 2 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
After "Ringo the 4th", Ringo again teamed up with Vini Poncia (a guy who has produced albums for Kiss and The Manic Street Preachers) to produce "Bad Boy".

Its a weired album to get a feel for... it is not terriable, but at the same time, it does not sound like anything a Beatle would come out with!

"Who Needs a Heart" and "Old Time Relovin'" are the only songs written by Starr on the album, but has used songs from the likes of Gallagher & Lyle... unfortuantly Ringo decided against using his early tried and tested method of getting some help from John, Paul and George, so the album does sound weaker, as it at times sounds like Ringo just plucked songs he likes out of the air to cover.... the closing song "A Man Like Me" is Ringo having a go at trying to sound like Frank Sintra or Andy Williams.

To be honest, anyone who is into Rod Stewarts "Atlantic Crossing" album may find this an interesting album to have in thier collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
A hastily put together album originally released in America in April 1978, 7 months after 'Ringo the IV'. The album accompanied a TV special in America, based around Mark Twain's 'The Prince and The Pauper' - the show featured George Harrison. The show ended with Ringo giving a short concert performance for TV. In the UK the album did not appear until June 1978 and the TV special was not aired until 1983 or 1984.
The album does not feature any guest appearances from the ex-Beatles. Ringo co-wrote 2 of the songs with Vini Poncia, 'Who Needs A Heart' which is a punchy opening to the album and a tired 'Old Time Relovin'. Only two other tracks, both cover versions are worthy of note, Peter Skellern's 'Hard Times' and Gallagher & Lyle's 'Heart On My Sleeve'. The remaining songs are all uninspiring cover versions. 'A Man Like Me' is a reworking of 'A Mouse Like Me' from the Scouse the Mouse album.
For diehard fans only. The best of the tracks on the album were included in the American only best of 'Starr Struck - Best of Ringo Starr Vol. 2' in 1989.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Heaton on 14 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album is far more creditable than the thoroughly hostile reception it received upon its release in 1978. Rolling Stone said it was 'not even passable cocktail music'. Gosh those guys are amusing. It is in fact better than the previous album from the previous year 'Ringo The 4th' and better than the two albums that followed 'Stop And Smell The Roses' (1981) and 'Old Wave' (1983) and in itself containing some considerable merit. Ringo has always been quite judicious in his choice of covers and here he again selects well. Peter Skellern's 'Hard Times' is a superb choice with its amusing lyric and punchy tune. The band by the way on this album is Nameless (guitar is by Git-Tar and bass by Diesel for example) but they are crack session musicians whoever they are! 'Heart On My Sleeve' is classic Ringo and one feels this would have been a big hit had it been released five years earlier. Which brings us to the point. The only real problem for Ringo on this release was that people int he UK were too caught up with The Boomtown Rats, The Jam and Ian Dury to be much bothered about a Wings album, let alone a Ringo solo effort. Well, maybe one day people might sit down and realise that these late 70s solo Beatles records actually contained some fine material, certainly this is true with Paul (London Town 1978) and George (Self Titled 1979) and I can make a pretty good case for about half of this album.
'Lipstick Traces' is another cover and for me is the best song on the album. Great piano, reminiscent of Elton's on Snookeroo (1974). 'Where Did Our Love Me' works pretty well and is at any rate superior to the awful Soft Cell version from the following year.
The ballads are mixed. The title track 'Bad Boy' has a definite charm, and catchy melody for sure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
" Bad Boy Does Good " !!!! 7 May 2005
By Joan B. Montney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ringo Starr's Bad Boy Cd is actually quite Good. A solid album,regardless of some of the poor reviews. There is much to enjoy and appreciate with all of Ringo's recordings.

First and foremost is his care free, easy going style of singing and playing the drums. Having seen Ringo in person I can attest to this fact. He is so at ease on stage with his All Star Band and who could forget his signature peace sign hand signal he flashes us at each and every concert.

The second best attribute Ringo has going for him is his choice to perform and record with the best musicians in the business.

The highlights of Bad Boy are:

A stellar Horn section with an emphasis on the saxophones.

Great Background vocalist.

Excellent keyboard and string arrangements.

Ringo sings with an easy going fun style.

Ringo provides all the drumming and percussion himself.

Some of the song favorites are:

"Who Needs A Heart" awesome horns {especially the saxes},a short but impressive guitar solo and some very cool chord progressions on the piano throughout the ending portion.

"Lipstick Traces" I Love Ringo's solid backbeat drumming !! Classic Ringo !! Dynamic horns, a refreshing piano solo and some nice background vocals.

"Heart On My Sleeve" a sentimental song about being open with our feelings even though it exposes our heart. Distinctive articulate Bass guitar patterns and once again nice background vocals.

"Where Did Are Love Go" Superb Background vocals !! Sensational string and keyboard arrangements throughout. Great bass guitar riffs surrounded by Ringo's signature drums.

"Hard Time" this is the Rocker on the album. A hard Rockin tune with driving bass and drums. The horn section is in full use again with excellent results. Also included are some honky tonk piano and a smooth slide guitar solo.

"Tonight" there are strings, keyboards, acoustic guitar, bells, various percussion and those unique Ringo vocals.

"A Man Like Me" beautifully orchestrated ballad. Ringo sings about how humble and vulnerable he is. Signature Ringo drum fills abound !! Ringo is there "You'll See" for you and me because he is a man of the world.

There you have it. " Bad Boy "

Now lets wrap it up:

A solid Cd with some surprising moments indeed. Remarkable musicianship, superb musical arrangements and trademark Ringo.

Also worth mentioning is that this Cd comes with song lyrics for each song. This is not a five star album like some of his other outings "but" it is deserving of 4 stars. However, it does require repeated listenings in order to gain full appreciation.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Yikes! How the mighty have fallen... 11 Mar 2004
By Jeffrey Lees - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Wow! This album is...huh...ok, look. Ringo Starr released some fantastic music during his solo career and the work he is currently doing is above reproach, but this album...is ununspired, insipid, trivial, lackluster, directionless and lifeless. I'm a Beatles FANATIC and as such do not regret spending my money on this disc. But, as a word of warning, as big a fan as I am, this album will very possibly live out the rest of its days firmly shelved, unless my cat knocks it onto the floor. I guarantee, however, that it will never again see the inside of a CD player. I hate to write a review this harsh because I LOVE RINGO, but yikes...how the mighty have fallen...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Step Back in the Right Direction 20 Jun 2006
By Brian Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a major league fan of Ringo Starr. People always bash his "limited" vocal ability...but I like his singing. It's so down to earth and human. Ringo hit a slump in 1976 with Ringo's Rotogravure which only produced ONE hit single and pretty much pulled the carpet from beneath Ringo who was up until that point...on a ROLL with a nice collection of Top 10 and Top 40 hits.

Ringo the 4th rolled around in 1977 and didn't produce one hit...of course, it didn't. It was by far his worst album that he's released and to me...should not have seen the light of day.

I think "Bad Boy" was a step in the right direction. I received the album today in the mail, popped it in after work and crossed my fingers. And much to my surprise, it wasn't as horrible as people say....I especially love Ringo's version of "Where Did Our Love Go" -- which will be stuck in my head for a good week or two. I personally liked every song on the CD...but my personal favorites are Where Did Our Love Go, Tonight, Lipstick Traces and Heart on my Sleeve.


Ringo was back in excellent. form with his next release, "Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses"...another required Ringo released.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A great album that always gets dissed 5 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With this Ringo proved that he wasn't trying to be a flashy over the top rock star. He was just having fun making music that he enjoyed. I think that fun comes across through his performance on the album. "Who Needs A Heart" and "Tonight" contain all the elements of being hit singles. Ringo's vocals are good on all the songs on this album. If you like fun rock and roll buy this, you won't be sorry!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Well, it's my favourite Ringo Starr album 19 July 2004
By Tnahpellee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I think this is the best Ringo Starr album . Ok, it's my personal favourite of his 70's/80's albums but none of that changes the fact that there is some seriously good rock n roll on this one. Who needs a heart is a pounding rocker with brilliant chord changes that any Ringo Starr album would be proud to have on it while Hard times is a fun rock n roll tune. However the best songs in my opinion are the spirited piano rock n roll number Lipstick Traces, which is quite similar to You're sixteen but has the same brass arrangement as Drumming is my madness, and Heart on my sleeve, a touching art-rock piece with a psychedelic guitar tone. Where did our love go is interesting. It's a bouncy disco-pop number with Ringo living out an argument with the backing vocalist by having her sing 'at' him rather than with him which gives meaning to the disillusioned lyrics.
None of the other songs are bad, actually, though the last song does sound like filler material to me. Honestly, I like Ringo's Rotogravure and Ringo the 4th, but both those albums have weaknesses. Ringo's voice gets drowned out qutie a bit on both. Here, Ringo's vocals are always prominent. Also, this album has some of the best rock n roll Ringo had offered since his hey day. Plus the two originals, Old time Relovin' and Who needs a heart are great songs in terms of sognwriting, and blend several styles together. They also sound very sincere.

I think the record flopped not because it was weak but because of poor marketing. You don't have hits if you release a single once a year. All really successful artists, like the Beatles, have a consistent release of singles. Ringo had a T.V. special in 1978 and deflated any interest it might have made for him because he didn't release any of the songs he performed in the show as singles. Had he released three singels from the album, one of them being performed in his TV show, the album may have a different history.
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