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Photograph: The Very Best Of Ringo
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At last - the talented one from that group of Liverpudlian, long-haired louts gets his due recognition. While his fellow remaining band fellow sells his soul to a large multi-national beverage franchise the former Richard Starkey keeps a relatively low profile. Probably now more famous in the UK for being the voice of a small blue train, Ringo's career has been kept alive in the States by his road jaunts with a crew of stellar mates in his All-Starr band. But why has the man who had the first post-Beatles solo hit fallen off the radar to such a large extent? How could we forget the most lovable mop top?
The clue is in the chronology of this fine compilation of hits and choice cuts from the last 35 years. The conspicuous gap between the early 80s and early 90s. Yes, personal demons (now happily defeated) saw to it that Ringo became the unlovable moptop for a while.
But before this unfortunate fall from grace our Ringo was in fact a man who made remarkably fine pop records. Of the eight hits contained here, seven are top tenners. Cleverly he always knew his limitations and wasn't above a little help from his friends. The cast list on everything from 'It Don't Come Easy' in 1971 to 'Hey Baby' from Ringo's Rotogravure (a record he admits to not even remembering having made) is staggering. Still close buddies with George Harrison (who co-wrote the title track of this compilation and produced his first two hits) and John Lennon (who wrote both 'I'm The Greatest' and '(It's All Down To) Goodnight Vienna)', Ringo also could call on seemingly every toast-of-Beverly-Hills legend at the time, including Harry Nilsson, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Martha Reeves, Jim Keltner, Arif Mardin, Marc Bolan, Elton John and Bernie Taupin!the list is mind-boggling. With this much talent on board no amount of carousing could totally obscure the results.
Wisely, a large quantity of tracks come from his finest albums, Ringo (including the wonderful 'Oh My My') and its follow-up, Goodnight Vienna. But you also get the title track from his country project, Beaucoup Of Blues, the autobiographical b-side of 'It Don't Come Easy', 'Early 1970', and even his collaboration with the criminally underrated Jellyfish, 'Weight Of The World'.
With candidly direct sleevenotes by the big-nosed one himself, Photograph is a heart-warming reminder that Ringo was always more than a drummer. --Chris Jones
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Quality pop songs and a diverse mix of country and jazz tinged tunes - this is a very good collection.
Ringo releases albums at quite reqular intervals and in recent years toured with his all star band.Putting lies to such nonsense that he's done next to nothing since the Beatles split up. (In some quarters anyway).
This collection sees Ringo collaborating with a whole range of musicians,some well known,some not so.The Ringo album from 1973,is one of my personal favourite post Beatles album by an ex Beatle.It is represented here by photograph,your sixteen and I'm the greatest (almost a Beatles reunion).
A very good to excellent compilation album on the whole.
PS:congratulations Ringo on your induction in the rock & roll hall of fame - the last for a former Beatle as an individual artist - justice at last! Pps:That photograph (no pun intended) above my review,is certainly not me! Say no more.
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.
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.
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 -
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
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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