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4.0 out of 5 stars Sentimental Ringo, 10 Mar. 2005
This review is from: Sentimental Journey (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 10 Nov 2011, 18:40:05 GMT
Algy says:
First Beatles solo album ?

Didn't George Harrison's 'Wonderwall Music' come out before this....?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2012, 14:09:31 GMT
yerblues says:
before sentimental journey, there were the following beatle solo albums: harrison's electronic sounds and wonderwall, lennon's two virgins, life with the lions, wedding album and live peace in toronto.. Even so, i guess for many, 1970 was the start of the 'proper' solo albums i.e. mccartney, plastic ono band, all things must pass.....so i guess in this context, ringo's was the 1st proper solo album....Though i consider the Plastic Ono Band Live Peace in Toronto 1969 as the 1st real beatles solo effort...

Posted on 4 Apr 2014, 09:33:06 BST
J says:
"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."
I daresay your wife is splendid in all sorts of ways, but these statements make no sense at all. An objective listener would have no preferences.
Nor is charm an objective quality.
Anyway, glad to hear you both like Ringo's record. "Peace and love, John", as the old guy would say.
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