Choose Love [DualDisc]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although it would seem easy enough to turn out music designed for nothing more complicated than generating smiles and urging feet to tap, most folks with that goal get tripped up somewhere along the line. Not Ringo Starr, who's spent most of the last three decades spreading good times and sunny vibes -- both of which pour readily from the grooves of Choose Love. The disc is often redolent of Ringo's past life as "the goofy Beatle" -- notably the 12-string-laced "I Do," on which he wears his Rubber Soul on his sleeve -- but that has more to do with the scope of the Fab Four's stylistic reach than any attempt to journey back in time. Instead of heading for the wayback ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Although it would seem easy enough to turn out music designed for nothing more complicated than generating smiles and urging feet to tap, most folks with that goal get tripped up somewhere along the line. Not Ringo Starr, who's spent most of the last three decades spreading good times and sunny vibes -- both of which pour readily from the grooves of Choose Love. The disc is often redolent of Ringo's past life as "the goofy Beatle" -- notably the 12-string-laced "I Do," on which he wears his Rubber Soul on his sleeve -- but that has more to do with the scope of the Fab Four's stylistic reach than any attempt to journey back in time. Instead of heading for the wayback machine, Ringo cherry-picks certain elements -- the skiffle rhythm of "Give Me Back the Beat," for instance -- and applies them to his affably simple song structures. That M.O. has kept him sailing through years of All-Starr Band lineups, partly because it's so appealing to players from across the musical spectrum. Here, Starr augments his sound with appearances by Chrissie Hynde, who turns in a sunny duet on the carnival-styled "Don't Hang Up," and steel guitar maestro Robert Randolph, who peppers the gospel workout "Oh My Lord" with roof-raising leads. At no point does Ringo rock the boat, but that's not his mission: He's there to steer fans through a smooth pleasure cruise, and Choose Love is an easy, breezy soundtrack for one of those.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
There's nothing surprising, or even all that different, about Choose Love, Ringo Starr's 13th studio album: it's firmly in the tradition of his 1992 return to recording, Time Takes Time, which itself was an attempt to recreate the breezy, good-natured vibe of Starr's biggest and best album, 1973's Ringo. But where that album and the two records that followed it -- 1998's Vertical Man and 2003's Ringorama -- were star-studded affairs, the only guests here are Robert Randolph and Chrissie Hynde, who stops in for a duet on "Don't Hang Up." That means Ringo relies on his longtime collaborators Mark Hudson who is also the record's co-producer, Gary Burr, and Steve Dudas, who form the core of his touring and recording band, as well as function as his co-writers, and by this point, they've been together nearly a decade. This is a relaxed, comfortable group, but that familiarity pays off here. Instead of sounding lazy, Starr sounds assured and confident, and he has a strong set of tunes that know how to make the best of his endearingly limited vocal range and lovable personality. The music here is well within his comfort zone -- partway between the amiable yet splashy Richard Perry productions of the early '70s and classic mid-period Beatles the title track has plenty of direct allusions, from the "Taxman"-styled riff to a quote from "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" -- but it all works, largely because it never sounds like Ringo and the lads are straining to capture that vibe: it just seems to come naturally to them now. It also helps that Choose Love has a warm, rich sound that is far removed from the digital brightness of its two predecessors: it helps give the album a friendly aura that's hard to resist if you've ever loved Ringo. And if you've ever loved Ringo, take comfort that this album will be one of the few records of his that you can play without guilt and enjoy from start to finish. It's not just a good record for Ringo, it's just a flat-out good record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923991922
  • Catalog Number: 9919
  • Sales rank: 98,961

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fading in Fading Out (3:57)
  2. 2 Give Me Back the Beat (3:54)
  3. 3 Oh My Lord (5:32)
  4. 4 Hard to Be True (3:27)
  5. 5 Some People (3:18)
  6. 6 Wrong All the Time (3:39)
  7. 7 Don't Hang Up - Chrissie Hynde (3:27)
  8. 8 Choose Love (3:07)
  9. 9 Me and You (2:15)
  10. 10 Satisfied (3:19)
  11. 11 The Turnaround (3:54)
  12. 12 Free Drinks (4:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Fading in Fading Out
  2. 2 Give Me Back the Beat
  3. 3 Oh My Lord
  4. 4 Hard to Be True
  5. 5 Some People
  6. 6 Wrong All the Time
  7. 7 Don't Hang Up - Chrissie Hynde
  8. 8 Choose Love
  9. 9 Me and You
  10. 10 Satisfied
  11. 11 The Turnaround
  12. 12 Free Drinks
  13. 13 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ringo Starr Primary Artist, Organ, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Billy Preston Piano, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
John Amato Saxophone
Gary Burr Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Jim Cox Piano
Steve Dudas Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Gary Grant Horn
Dan Higgins Horn, Saxophone, Woodwind
Mark Hudson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chrissie Hynde Vocals
Barbara Starkey Voices
Robert Randolph Guitar
Dean Grakal Background Vocals
Mark Mirando Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Rose Stone Girls Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Author
Ringo Starr Producer, Loop
Gary Burr Engineer
Jim Cox Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Steve Dudas Engineer
Mark Hudson Arranger, Producer
George Marino Mastering
Barbara Starkey Cover Photo
Rose Stone Choir Arrangement
Bruce Sugar Engineer
Kevin Churko Engineer
Dean Grakal Composer
Tyrone Drake Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst Drummer Ever!!

    When it comes to drumming this CD is a perfect example of being bland, so so, ho-hum, blah, and just a big blank of white that should have been colored with something interesting!! Drumming aside listening to this cd there is NOT one track that jumps out as something interesting. The majority of the cd sounds like the track that came before it. The best part of this cd is probably the sound if Ringo's voice. It's improved since other releases but notice I didn't say lyrics. I'm all for words that don't make sense or lyrics that have a deeper hidden meaning (The Beatles) but just as with the drumming, the lyrics are just plain. Nothing creates any interest at any point. This is a good CD to fall asleep to.

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