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4.7 out of 5 stars
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Ringo Starr
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on 4 September 2004
This album, from 1973, yielded three big hits: "You're Sixteen" (which featured Paul McCartney on kazoo), "Photograph" (which Ringo co-wrote with George Harrison) and "Oh My My."
While one of its selling points today is that it's the only album by a former Beatle featuring each of the other former Beatles, this fact was not given much attention in 1973. Industry people knew it, and people who read record reviews would have noticed passing references to this fact. But, this was not what made it a hit. What kept this album selling well was its pop sensibility. Nostalgia for the 1950s was at a peak, and a cover of "You're Sixteen" was a good idea. The original was just famous enough to capture fans yearning for happier times and just obscure enough to seem novel. "You're Sixteen" was a monster hit. Like the rest of the album, it was played well and had a driven quality.
The album holds up today not only because of the quality of the musicianship but because Richard Perry's production was crisp and warm; no mean trick.
The album, as originally released, ended with a sweet farewell called "For You and Me (Babe.)" Three bonus tracks have been added at the end, but only the third ("Down and Out") was recorded at the same time RINGO was recorded. The other two are "It Don't Come Easy" and "Early 1970." "It Don't Come Easy" is serious rock, but it is quite different from the RINGO album. "Early 1970" is country-rock with very specific lyrics about Ringo's life after the break-up of the Beatles. George Harrison plays guitar on both "Early 1970" and "It Don't Come Easy." He is on several tracks on the RINGO album itself, but somehow, he and Ringo and all the other musicians on this CD seem to be in a mood to entertain by 1973. The tracks from earlier have a plaintive tone. Somewhere between 1971 and 1973 the emotions of the sixties had vanished, and the RINGO album is proof that good stuff did come out in the seventies.
This is good pop.
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on 7 June 2014
Hello, for years I have had the old L.P. of this album by Ringo, I always treasured the sketch book inside and also the fact that it was a Beatles reunion of sorts has John, Paul and George all contributed.
So, my opinion only, but I rate this above all other Ringo albums so if you are missing this classic L.P. buy it now on the remastered C.D. Hope this is helpful to you, Deano.
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on 10 August 2015
Ringo, with a little help from his friends, made a very good album. Nothing can ever come close to recreating the magic of the Beatles but some of these collaborations show tantalising glimpses....
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on 13 June 2015
Rockin!!!!🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵
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on 5 March 2013
a good quality reproduction of ringo's enjoyable solo album. well performed by some excellent musicians, with gearge harrison especially in good form.
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on 22 September 2015
Brilliant
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on 8 April 2015
very good listening
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on 19 March 2014
I bought this to replace the same album I had on LP. Well recommended for any Beatles fan. Buy it.
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on 27 March 2004
Get this on import, you won't be dissapointed.
Ringo is a great record - maybe not to everyone's taste but at least you know what to expect from Ringo's singing with the Beatles! It is probably the only Ringo record you will ever need and complements a solo-Beatles collection really well.
There is a continuity to feel (Possibly because all the other Beatles are there at some point), and style but Ringo is also somewhat of a musical bridge across the whole of the seventies. You heard it here first, Ringo is quite progressive.
For me, it rounds of my collection of Beatles solo albums up to 1980, and if compilations are your thing, it's invaluable when playing around with the ex-Beatles solo years, meaning that on your computer at least, The Beatles can live on through this period.
But on its own, its a really great, playable record, and well worth getting.
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on 16 November 2014
Excellent
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