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R I N G O
Released - 1973 on Capitol Records. Produced by Richard Perry
Ringo Starr - Lead Vocals, Drums & Percussion
Klaus Voormann - Bass on all tracks; Backing
Vocals on "Devil Woman"
After Ringo Starr's first two solo album's sold poorly and were pretty much forgotten shortly after their releases, nobody saw what was coming when his next solo LP, R I N G O, was released in 1973; a true hit with several great songs.
Ringo had a lot of help from his friends on this one, and this was long before he used the term "All Star Band" to describe those who played with him. As it was, other than bassist Klaus Voormann who appears on all the tracks, the other songs had several different friends playing on them. This album would go down as the only post-Beatles studio album that would feature all four former Beatles on it, although not all of them on any one song; but on "I'm The Greatest", a song John Lennon wrote for Ringo, three former Beatles appeared: Starr, Lennon & George Harrison.
My all time favorite Ringo song shows up here, "Photograph", what a great little gem it is. Ringo wrote this with George, and his vocals are just perfect for this song, you can feel the sadness in his voice the way he sings this one, a pure ten! The album has two more great songs on it, one of them also written by Ringo, "Oh My My", it's just full of life with a great piano and organ by Billy Preston. Then the cover of "Your Sixteen", hell, I dig Ringo's version here better that the late Johnny Burnette's hit version, with Harry Nilsson's back up vocals being a key to making this one sound so good, along with a great piano by Nicky Hopkins and a nice sax solo from Paul McCartney.
"I'm The Greatest" is one more fantastic tune, and really the closest Beatles fans would ever get to that dreamed Beatles reunion. Then the Band joins Ringo on the very country sounding "Sunshine Life for Me", yet another strong number. Although the last 4 songs are on the weak side (the three weakest ones could have been dropped, what a even more highly rated album this would have been!), it's still a great effort put out by Ringo, and like I noted, nobody expected anything like this from Mr. Starkey!
R I N G O now comes with 3 bonuses songs, including the hit single "It Don't Come Easy", along with it's B side, the interesting "Early 1970", a song Ringo wrote about the ending of the Beatles. Overall a nice job by our drummer boy!
- Keno, 2005