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on 1 November 2007
This is the second ever 'Best of' compilation from Ringo. The first (Blast From Your Past) had just 10 songs and ran for about thirty minutes. This new collection doubles that and brings us up to date.

All the early singles are here of course, plus the excellent b side 'Early 1970'.There are four tracks from the fabulous 'Ringo' album, and four from the not quite so fabulous 'Goodnight Vienna', including what was arguably its best track, the Elton John penned 'Snookeroo'. (Inexplicably excluded from the earlier package.) Newer tracks are included from the albums 'Ringo's Rotogravure',Vertical Man','Time Takes Time'. 'Stop & Smell the Roses','Ringo Rama'and 'Choose Love'.This includes his comeback single 'Weight of the World which, although never a big hit, was played heavily on the radio and deserved to fare better. The highlight of the album to me, is the track 'Never Without You, Ringo's tribute to former bandmate George Harrison, and featuring a guitar solo from Eric Clapton. This track was new to me, but had I ever heard it I'd have bought the album just for this one! The inclusion of Ringo's duet with Buck Owens on 'Act Naturally'is a nice touch, and a reminder of where it all started.

The album is not quite a full career overview- there is nothing from his first 'Sentimental Journey' album, or several of the later ones, but the description 'Best of' is in this instance probably accurate. The booklet is informative, with Ringo's own recollections on each song. If, like me, you bought his first few albums then lost interest, this album is an excellent opportunity to revisit those old gems and to sample what came later.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 4 September 2007
Ringo Starr, eh? The last time he was in the charts was back in 1992, and then only for a week. His previous nine albums all failed to even hear the starters gun. In fact it's been 33 years since 'Goodnight Vienna' charted but this 'best of' compilation deserves to put that to right.

Including a little help from his friends John, Paul, George, Stephen Stills, Elton John and Eric Clapton (although, sadly, not all at the same time), 'Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr' is on the shelves now and its worth getting. The first four of this 20 track collection are sing-a-long pop at its best. Add in 'Hey Baby', 'Only You' and 'Act Naturally' and you'll be duetting on half the songs whilst in the car.

Although there's nothing from his Christmas CD included here, which is a shame, the stand out songs of the remainder are 'Early 1970', 'Beaucoups of Blues' and the Lennon penned, 'I'm The Greatest' and 'Good Night Vienna'. Not only that, the remastering has made the early songs crystal clear: this one is light years ahead of the miserly 10 track 'Blast from Your Past' collection.

The second disc here is a DVD of five promo films made in the 70s and one from 1989. The picture quality isn't that great but there won't be many hands showing when it comes to having seen any of these. Oh, there's also a brief TV advert from 1974 promoting Ringo's 'Goodnight Vienna' LP, complete with John Lennon voiceover.

There may well be those whom ask "Ringo who?" Just tell them he used to be in group that made a few records and also happened to be one of the four most famous people on the planet.

Buy it!
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on 22 April 2012
This is a terrific collection which should appeal to both serious and casual fans of Ringo Starr.

Although it is more of a a 'Greatest Hits' / 'Singles Collection' rather than the broader 'Very Best Of' which the title might suggest, this does mean that you will find all of Ringo's most well-known songs included amongst it's genorous 20-track selection.
Although, with 14 of those tracks dating from the first 6 years of Ringo's solo career, it could be considered by some as being only a minor upgrade to his mid-1970's "Blast From Your Past" compilation.... but let's face it, Ringo's most commercially successful period of recording was in those years immediately following the break-up of The Beatles.

All of the tracks have been digitally remastered, and the excellent CD booklet contains Ringo's own comments about each of the tracks, along with a list of the musicians involved and photos of the original single covers.

The 'Collectors Edition' version of this album is well worth spending a little extra money on, as it includes a bonus DVD disc which contains rare music video's for several of the tracks.

In my opinion, "Photograph" is one of the very best songs any ex-Beatle has given us, and it is great to see Ringo receiving this solid acknowledgement of his often under-appreciated contribution to the post-Beatle legacy.

Ringo.... you keep making them, and I'll keep buying them!
Thank you for your music.
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on 21 March 2008
Ringo is the greatest understatement drummer in Rock (please don't label him "pop"). All through the Beatles tracks you hear his soft, complex, understated drumming. OK, you did not appreciate he could sing. Maybe you loved Paul or George or John. Maybe you believed the tripe that John derided his skill as a drummer or maybe you thought he was a "passenger" in the Beatles; if so listen to this and also read who is on the tracks. George and John are here in spades, others too. They played on his albums, George produced them and he played on theirs,. (NB George, whose greatest other band is the Travelling Wilburys - George, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, if you don't know check them out - also did some stuff with Ringo and Tom Petty which you will find on a Tom Petty DVD). But best here is Ringo himself. Actually, you KNOW these songs, they are in your head, you have heard them over and over...you just did not know they were Ringo Starr solo songs. My favourite is "Back off Boogaloo, written to honour his friend the great Marc Bolan.

Go on. Admit it. His Knighthood is long overdue. Write the UK Prime Minister today. Sir Ringo arise.
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on 1 September 2007
It's been a long time coming but this is a great selection of Ringo's songs. My favourites are from the early '70s, great singles like 'Back Off Boogaloo', 'It Don't Come Easy' and 'Photograph'. Most of the tracks are good-time sing-alonga-Ringo songs that sound good all these years later. The booklet includes snippets from an interview with Ringo talking about each of the songs. Pleased I bought this!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 29 May 2016
This is a compilation album - consisting of 20 tracks - from the solo career of Ringo Starr. This collection presents the 'hits' Ringo had in the early to mid 1970's (including such top ten singles as "It Don't Come Easy", "Back Off Boogaloo", "Photograph", and "You're Sixteen") as well as numerous songs from studio albums.

Ringo was the first of the 'Fab Four' to release a post-Beatles album ("Sentimental Journey") and, during the initial years following the break-up of the band, he achieved worldwide commercial success. Often he would work alongside his ex-band mates - who would co-write with (or write for) Ringo ... and it's during these moments that we get glimpses of what the Beatles might have been like during the 1970's (had they remained together). The best example of this is Starr's 1973 album "Ringo" (on which he worked with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison ... as well as Marc Bolan, Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann, Nicky Hopkins, and Harry Nilsson). Fortunately there's material from that album on this compilation CD.

The material found here is a selection of songs that span from the 1970's to the 2000's. It's unfortunate that so few songs from the 1980's and 1990's are included (as he did record 5 studio albums during these decades). Also, it would have been nice had Ringo's singer-songwriting contributions to the Beatles been included ... it might have been a fantastic double album!

Nonetheless, here are 20 great songs by a legend.
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'Richard Starkey(Ringo Starr) born in 1940 was the final piece in the jigsaw that formed the FAB-FOUR joining
John, Paul and George in 1962
He was in truth the heartbeat of the group with his drumming, his vocals though rarely used were the lead on
songs such as 'Yellow Submarine' 'With a Little Help' and of course 'Act Naturally' he also penned one or
two album songs for the group such as 'Octopus's Garden' and 'Don't Pass me By'
After the group split in 1970 'Ringo' forged a recording career as a solo artist achieving four or five Top 30 entries,
in the early Seventies with songs like - 'It Don't Come Easy' (Chart '4' 1971) 'Back Off Boogaloo' (Chart '2' 1972)
'Photograph' (Chart '8' 1973) and 'You're Sixteen' (Chart '4' 1974)
Though not really impacting in the singles chart after 'You're Sixteen' he continued recording having some measure
of success with Album releases.
Play List -
01. Photograph
02. It Don't Come Easy
03. You're Sixteen You're Beautiful (And You're Mine)
04. Back Off Boogaloo
05. I'm The Greatest
06. Oh My My
07. Only You (And You Alone)
08. Beaucoups Of Blues (1995 Digital Remaster)
09. Early 1970
10. Snookeroo
11. No No Song
12. Goodnight Vienna (It's All Down To) (Single Version)
13. Hey Baby
14. A Dose Of Rock 'N' Roll
15. Weight Of The World
16. King Of Broken Hearts
17. Never Without You
18. Act Naturally
19. Wrack My Brain
20. Fading In And Fading Out
If like myself you followed the journey taken by 'The Beatles' with their music, owning CD's beyond that time released
by each of the four is, as it should be, natural progression.......
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on 22 April 2012
This is a terrific collection which should appeal to both serious and casual fans of Ringo Starr.

Although it is more of a 'Greatest Hits' or 'Singles Collection' rather than the broader 'Very Best Of' which the title might suggest it to be, this does mean that listeners will find all of Ringo's most popular and well-known songs included amongst it's genorous 20-track selection.
Although, with 14 of those 20 tracks dating from the first 6 years of Ringo's solo career, it could be considered by some as being only a minor upgrade to his 1975 "Blast From Your Past" compilation. But let's face it, Ringo's most commercially successful period of recording was in those years immediately following the break-up of The Beatles.

All of the tracks featured on this album have been digitally remastered, and the excellent CD booklet contains Ringo's own comments about each of the tracks, along with a list of the musicians involved and photos of the original single covers.

The 'Collectors Edition' version of this album is well worth spending a little extra money on, as it includes a bonus DVD disc which contains rare music video's for several of the tracks.

In my opinion, "Photograph" is one of the very best songs any of the ex-Beatles have recorded. And with this release, it is great to see Ringo receiving a solid acknowledgement of his often under-appreciated contribution to the musical legacy that has come from the former members of The Beatles.

Ringo, thank you for your music... you keep making them, and I'll keep buying them!
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on 15 August 2012
Great album with some really classic tracks. i had forgotten how many hits Ringo had but they all came flooding back. Shame Octopuses Garden did not get on the album, just for a laugh! Anyway Ringo has done well for himself allowing for the fact that he was always overshadowed by the other three Beatles.
The only complaint I have is that the album arrived with the wrong sleeve! The very best of Inspector Morse album cover did confuse me for a few minutes. It's the music I was interested in and i could make do without the sleeve information although it it would have been useful.Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo
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on 4 August 2014
Whilst I am a Beatles fan from a long way back, I was too young to be able to buy the early releases from the band members. I love many of the tracks on the CD. It is a shame that Ringo did not get better reviews for his material. I heard Early 1970 and Back off Boogaloo for the first time, via this CD. The lyrics are interesting. I absolutely love Never Without You: Ringo's tribute to the late George Harrison. The CD is worth buying just for this song, as the extended version appears on the CD.

Ringo certainly got off to a great solo career. His early singles (It Don't Come Easy and Photograph) are catchy, as are those on the CD from his albums Ringo and Goodnight Vienna. He then hit a flat spot but then found his mojo again. He certainly has been an active recording artist. His material from the last 10 years is certainly worth a listen.

The CD contains material that he recorded over a very long timeline. Buy this CD if you want to hear how his music changed over the decades and you are a true Beatles fan.
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