- Audio CD (1 Feb. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Commercial Marketing
- ASIN: B002WBYDJE
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Y Not is the first album on which Ringo Starr has produced his own work, and he is joined on the record by friends old and new, notably Paul McCartney, with whom Starr sings on Y Not’s first single "Walk With You". Also featured are Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart and longtime Roundheads member Steve Dudas on guitar, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on keyboards, Don Was and Mike Bradford on bass, as well as stars like Joss Stone, Ben Harper and Richard Marx on vocals.
Starr’s songwriting collaborators on Y Not also include familiar and new names like Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Glen Ballard, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Nicholson plus Gary Wright and his former Roundhead band member, Gary Burr. But undoubtedly the most intriguing collaborator is former bandmate and longstanding mate McCartney, who adds a bass part to "Peace Dream" and vocals to "Walk With You", a composition by Starr and Van Dyke Parks.
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Fill In The Blanks - a decent rollicking opener with some scorching guitar from Joe Walsh which we heard to great effect on Ringo's forgotten `Old Wave' album from 1983
Peace Dream - simple lyrics but a decent tune and featuring a wonderfully melodic bass line from Mr. McCartney, which lifts to song to almost top notch 9/10
The Other Side Of Liverpool - nostalgic song reminiscent of John's In My Life. But I won't pretend it's in that league. Decent latter day Ringo nonetheless! 7/10
Walk With You - the real gem of the album featuring a joyous harmony vocal from McCartney. With only Paul and Ringo left these days, this is the best we fans can expect to rekindle those Beatle memories. But it stands as a song too, a decent Ringo-Van Dyke Parks composition albeit rather reminiscent of `King Of Broken Hearts' (1998). But it's that Paul harmony which compels me to give one 10/10 :- )
Time - here the album goes downhill somewhat. Despite fine musicianship on display here this song is pretty forgettable 4/10
Everyone Wins - same again, a slightly better melody so I'll give it 5/10
Mystery Of The Night - nice song about his longstanding soul mate, wife Barbara Bach 6/10
Can't Do it Wrong - a grower but I can't really say this is more than mediocre. Harmonies reminiscent of Jellyfish from `I Don't Believe You' (1992).Read more ›
This record follows the 'Liverpool 8' album and Ringo's 2008 appearance in Liverpool for the City of Culture celebrations. It is a lot better than I expected, even though the majority of the tracks are fairly bland modern pop, well played but pretty characterless. For me the best track is "The other side of Liverpool" co-written with Dave Stewart, with Ringo reminiscing about his childhood in Dingle and giving nods to the people who helped him on his way up. Although the lyrics to some of the other tracks ("Peace dream") can be a bit corny, I found these lyrics really moving - I think it's one of the best things he's ever done! It's also really nice to hear him singing with Macca on "Walk With You" and I also enjoyed the tracks "Time" and "Everyone wins". With a band featuring amongst others Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Don Was and Edgar Winter it's no wonder the music sounds so good but for me Ringo remains the focus and I prefer to hear him rather than Joss Stone, as on the final track. It's great to have Ringo still around and still making music in 2010.
I'm a Beatles fan, who through loyalty, listens to/buys all their works as a matter of course. Had this album been produced by anyone else, many of us wouldn't give it a listen.
That said, it is Ringo Starr ex Beatle, and it isn't that bad. The fact that he can produce such a contemporary sound on the verge of his seventieth birthday, is an achievement in itself.
The single "Walk with You" is easily the best track, thanks to the contribution of Van Dyke Parks (co-writer) and Paul McCartney (vocals). Joe Walsh helps on the loud "Fill in the Blanks", and Joss Stone dominates the vocals on "Who's Your Daddy", both solid tracks. The rest is very much the same as Ringo's last album, Liverpool 8 and the one before that, both in sound, theme and content. Some of the lyrics are quite embarrasing.
However, if you want your dependable Ringo to be the same as the last time, you'll probably enjoy this. Five star, essential and ground breaking it isn't
" Y Not" continues Ringo's succession of excellent solo CDs that commenced with "Time Takes Time", "Vertical Man", "Ringo Rama", "Choose Love" and "Liverpool 8". It's great to know, hear, and truly recognize that the two remaining Beatles are stll releasing very impressive music. Long live Ringo and MACCA !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For me this is his best Album by far. Well produced and really thoughtful songs. Inevitably, I must comment on the duet with Paul Macartney which is brilliant and moving. Read morePublished 17 months ago by TOOLDFORTHIS
I like ringo iv`e got ringo and his all-starr band, photograph, Liverpool 8,y not and ringo 2012 brilliant music liverpoolPublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by paul david hurst
This is a good album and I have been playing it a lot and the songs have grown on me. I have all of Ringo's albums and his music, while not brilliant, is often pretty good. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2010 by S Riaz
There is a saying that that suggests while its OK to look back, you should never turn around and actually go back. Ringo has made the grave mistake of doing the latter. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2010 by Picard
Not a bad effort, but don't expect anything mindblowing! Tracks 1 and 4 are good, the rest patchy.Published on 25 May 2010 by David Cole