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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.