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4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Ringo
The first Beatles solo album. And what a field day the critics had! But this album has stood the test of time and with hindsight is a perfectly charming album. It is my Hungarian wife's favourite Ringo album and maybe her favourite Beatles solo album no less. And she knows a good album when she hears one. And she is also that tremendous rarity among us fans. An...
Published on 10 Mar 2005 by John Heaton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ringo Starr might be a singer but he is not a crooner
"Sentimental Journey" was Ringo Starr's first solo project, actually begun in late 1969 (i.e., before the Beatles officially imploded). To the surprise of everyone this was not a collection of rock 'n' roll but rather a trip down memory lane with standards from the 1930s and 1940s that Ringo's mum and dad preferred to the music that made Richard Starkey world famous...
Published on 25 Dec 2004 by Lawrance M. Bernabo


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4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Ringo, 10 Mar 2005
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John Heaton (Budapest, Hungary) - See all my reviews
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The first Beatles solo album. And what a field day the critics had! But this album has stood the test of time and with hindsight is a perfectly charming album. It is my Hungarian wife's favourite Ringo album and maybe her favourite Beatles solo album no less. And she knows a good album when she hears one. And she is also that tremendous rarity among us fans. An objective listener. For there is a charm here on this album which is quite hard to define. Ringo singing a bunch of 1940s classic may not have been 'Abbey Road' or 'Imagine' or 'Band On The Run' for that matter.
But it is 100% Ringo. Doing songs many of which are perfect for Ringo. Not as consistently perfect as the country album 'Beaucoups Of Blues' which followed later in 1970. But this album has a disticntly Beatle quality to it. Firstly because it was released before people really knew the Dream Was Over, and more importantly due to the comforting presence of George Martin who as we know produced all the Beatle albums, excepting 'Let It Be' when even the Fab Four had lost interest.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable record for the most part. The title track: who can failed to be moved by Ringo's singing here? I once got a crowd of elderly people singing along to this in an Exeter pub during my university years. A timeless song and Ringo does a pretty decent job here. In my humble opinion.
Other highlights include the sublime covers of 'Bye Bye Blackbird' and 'Whispering Grass', both of which suit Ringo's voice perfectly. 'Night And Day' and 'Blue Turning Grey Over You' rather less so. 'Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing' is so hilarious that it is good. Good. There are also ballads which charm such as 'Dream' and 'Stardust'.
Then there is the closing track 'Let The World Go By'. Not only featuring the only known Ringo harmony vocal on record but also an incredibly moving cover version of which only Ringo is capable. Only Ringo. It is brilliant, as is at least half of this album. And written during that period when the Beatles'split was far from certain it almost qualifies as a Beatles album. Albeit one where Ringo sings all the tracks!
Ringo and his Brothers were to do far worse than this over the years. Hence the 4 stars. I hope history catches up with this one. It has considerable merit....and here's the important bit, it has truly lasted the test of time and 30 years of angry NME reviewers. A fine happy record with more charm than most. God Bless You Ringo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singing naturally, 17 Nov 2006
This review is from: Sentimental Journey (Audio CD)
Possibly Ringo made the worst debut on record as a singer when he did a pretty rough sounding version of the song Boys on the first Beatles album.A song he still does in his stage act and inherited from Pete Best who cut a single of it in the States.

However there was only one way he could go and that was up-with songs on each Beatle album this was Ringo the interpreteter and not the songwriter.He was the right man for Yellow Submarine,With a little help from my friends and his 2 stabs at actullay becoming a writer of sorts with Don't pass me by and Octopus Garden.

But before his solo career proper came this album the first solo one by a Beatle which according to most of the reviews was pretty indulgent stuff-to make his first album for his mother!

In 1970 music critics expected more than a bunch of 40s standards done more or less as they'd been done previously!

But its a thoroughly entertaining set in which Ringo,well aware of his limitations,was not really that bothered what critics thought as he managed to attract some pretty heavy arrangers like Johnny Dankworth and Elmer Bernstein to enhance the songs.

Somehow its a more comfortable listen than any amount of Sinatra or Bennett or Williams or Crosby

I like the moment when he intones at the end of a song "nearly lost myself there chile" as he attempts to do a Mel Torme type scat thing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ringo Starr might be a singer but he is not a crooner, 25 Dec 2004
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Lawrance M. Bernabo (The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sentimental Journey (Audio CD)
"Sentimental Journey" was Ringo Starr's first solo project, actually begun in late 1969 (i.e., before the Beatles officially imploded). To the surprise of everyone this was not a collection of rock 'n' roll but rather a trip down memory lane with standards from the 1930s and 1940s that Ringo's mum and dad preferred to the music that made Richard Starkey world famous (remember, he was also the oldest of the Fab Four). In the grand tradition of having a little help from his friends, the songs Ringo sings were arranged by everyone from George martin and Paul McCartney to Quincy Jones, Elmer Bernstein and Maurice Gibb. However, the songs simply do not play to Ringo's strengths and you will hear by listening to just about any song on the album; "You Always Hurt the One You Love" would be the exception that proves the rule, but then it is the song that comes closest to the fun little songs Ringo got to sing with the Beatles. Contrast that with "Night and Day" or "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing" and the difference is palatable.
If fans thought "Sentimental Journey" a strange cup of tea from Ringo then his other 1970 album, "Beaucoups of Blues," with its country western songs must have made them wonder what was coming next. But there is actually a key common denominator for both albums in that these musical genres focus on the vocalist, and whatever else you might say about Ringo he was a most distinctive vocalist. "Beaucoups" is the better of the two albums, which is not surprising given Ringo's comfort with country and western music was established way back when he recorded "Act Naturally."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars probably ringo's most enjoyable album, 30 May 2007
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this is my favourite ringo album.the arrangements are warm and nostalgic,and the album feels quite relevant today,with music by michael bouble and harry connick jnr.being popular.for me it's almost as if this kind of music suits ringo's voice better than the pop stuff,with night and day in particular being very impressive for a guy who has a limited singing voice.far superior album to beaucoups of blues.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars still a fan., 1 Nov 2012
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ringo has deffinately improved since this early effort.
i have added this to my collection. it's nice to remember
where he started.

ted turner.
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