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This review is from: Old Wave (Audio CD)
This is a thoroughly obscure Ringo album never released in the UK or US at the time, but is actually quite a rollicking affair. It is, song for song, better than 'Stop And Smell The Roses', despite the absence of any guest spots from Paul or George. Joe Walsh plays on all the tracks and does most of the production duties. The opening number 'In My Car' is a fine opener, and the second track 'Hopeless' contains an amusing lyric and is an upbeat cheerful Ringo number in best Ringo style. 'Alibi' is less memorable but not bad. 'Be My Baby' is a hilarious rocking number, particularly the opening lines: 'Formal intoductions, such a waste of time...let's get down to business'. Only Ringo can get away with such an audacious lyric!
There are two great rockers on this album: 'She's About A Mover', which comes complete with a blistering Walsh guitar solo, and 'I Keep Forgetting' which sees Ringo redoscovering his talent on the drums after years of using session musicians. 'Picture Show Life' is utterly charming although after the first two minutes it rather meanders. 'As Far As We Can Go' is a pretty forgettable ballad, and the rest of Side 2 is also pretty uninspired.
This is not a bad album. If you are reading this I am assuming you have at least a casual interest in Ringo's music. As such I would recommend this album but not before you have the ones from 1973-76 and preferably 'Beaucoups of Blues' and 'Sentimental Journey' too.
But at the time with George semi-retired and John Lennon not around anymore, this was a welcome addition to the Beatles cannon. And it certainly has its highlights.