Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hard as it is to believe but there has not been a proper Ringo Starr hits collection since the first, 1975's Blast from Your Past -- that's not counting 1989's Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2, which was designed as a companion to that earlier set -- until 2007's Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr. Blast from Your Past was released just five years after his debut, Sentimental Journey, but it ignored that collection of pop standards, along with much of its country cousin Beaucoups of Blues, winding up as a collection of highlights of 1973's Ringo and 1974's Goodnight Vienna, with a few non-LP hit singles rounded up within the LP's tight ten-track, ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hard as it is to believe but there has not been a proper Ringo Starr hits collection since the first, 1975's Blast from Your Past -- that's not counting 1989's Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2, which was designed as a companion to that earlier set -- until 2007's Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr. Blast from Your Past was released just five years after his debut, Sentimental Journey, but it ignored that collection of pop standards, along with much of its country cousin Beaucoups of Blues, winding up as a collection of highlights of 1973's Ringo and 1974's Goodnight Vienna, with a few non-LP hit singles rounded up within the LP's tight ten-track, 30-minute span. Ringo kept recording after Blast, working his way through several labels and ill-advised phases before settling into a nice, easy groove with 1993's Time Takes Time, but he stopped having hits not long after 1975, after the Elton John/Bernie Taupin "Snookeroo" climbed all the way to number three, capping off a remarkable streak of seven Top Ten singles. After that, the crash was fast: "Oo-Wee" was pulled off of Vienna and stalled at 31, then there was just one more hit -- "A Dose of Rock & Roll," peaking at 26 in 1976 -- before a five-year wait until the George Harrison-written "Wrack My Brain" limped to 38 in 1981 before Ringo disappeared from the charts. His '90s comeback may have never dented Billboard, but it is represented on the 20-track Photograph, which also contains all the aforementioned singles (apart from "Oo-Wee," no great loss) and the entirety of Blast from Your Past, albeit presented in a different running order. This doesn't just make for a compilation that's longer than the 1975 set, it makes for one that's better, since it adds the terrific "(It's All Down to) Good Night Vienna" to the mix, along with the amiable 1976 cover of Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby," a duet with Buck Owens on "Act Naturally" from 1989, and a well-chosen selection from each of Time Takes Time, 1998's Vertical Man, 2003's Ringorama, and 2005's Choose Love. This may not hit all the great stuff from the early '70s -- after all, the whole of Ringo is exceptionally strong -- but it does cut out all the real embarrassing stuff from the late '70s and just concentrates on the good latter-day material that holds its own with the best of his '70s hits. Far from merely being songs that are good when graded on a curve, these hits have aged really well, especially his originals: "It Don't Come Easy," the thundering glam rocker "Back Off Boogaloo," the cheerfully post-Beatles autobiography of "Early 1970" and "Photograph," his gorgeous collaboration with George, which lends this comp its title and ranks as among the very best post-Beatles songs by any of the Fab Four. That tune proves Ringo could deliver music every bit as memorable as his colleagues and much of this excellent, long overdue compilation is at a similar high standard. [Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr also includes entertaining track-by-track commentary from Ringo and was also released in a deluxe edition that contains a wonderful DVD with the videos for "Sentimental Journey," "It Don't Come Easy," "Back Off Boogaloo," "You're Sixteen," "Only You (And You Alone)" (which also features Harry Nilsson), and "Act Naturally," along with an ad for Goodnight Vienna.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094639382729
  • Catalog Number: 93827
  • Sales rank: 2,218

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ringo Starr Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Lloyd Guitar
Buck Owens Vocals
Steve Cropper Electric Guitar
Peter Frampton Guitar
Elton John Piano
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Al Kooper Piano, Electric Guitar
John Lennon Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocal Harmony
Melissa Manchester Background Vocals
Paul McCartney Soloist, Mouth Sax
Harry Nilsson Background Vocals
Billy Preston Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
Robbie Robertson Guitar
Stephen Stills Guitar
Gary Wright Piano, Keyboards
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
James Newton Howard Synthesizer
Tom Scott Saxophone, Soloist
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar, Electric Guitar
Madeline Bell Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers Bass, Tuba
Clydie King Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Gary Burr Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jim McCarty Drums
Joe Bean Background Vocals
Benmont Tench Keyboards
The Blackberries Background Vocals
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Jimmy Calvert Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Eric Clapton Guitar, Soloist
Merry Clayton Background Vocals
Ray Cooper Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals, Vocoder
Jim Cox Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Steve Dudas Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Goldenberg Guitar
Gary Grant Horn
Pete Ham Background Vocals
Dan Higgins Horn
Mark Hudson Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Mellotron
James "Hutch" Hutchinson Bass
John Jarvis Keyboards
Bobby Keys Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Linda Lawrence Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence Horn
Steve Madaio Horn
Gary Nicholson Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Vini Poncia Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Cooker Lo Presti Bass
Martha Reeves Background Vocals
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Jim Shaw Piano
Doyle Curtsinger Bass
Andy Sturmer Background Vocals
Derrek Van Eaton Percussion
Klaus Voormann Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Dobro, Saxophone
Alan Young Trumpet
Reggie Young Guitar
Chuck Finley Horn
Mac Rebennack Keyboards
Lon Van Eaton Guitar, Percussion, Horn
Mad Mauries Vocals, Hand Clapping
Masst Alberts Background Vocals
Terry Christoffersen Guitar
Lew Del Gatto Baritone Saxophone
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Background Vocals
Mark Mirando Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Composer
George Harrison Composer
Elton John Composer
John Lennon Composer, Inspiration
Jeff Lynne Producer
Ringo Starr Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Quincy Jones Author
Tom Scott Horn Arrangements
Bruce Channel Composer
Pete Drake Producer
Jack Nitzsche Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Buck Ram Composer
Gary Burr Composer
Buzz Rabin Composer
Jim Cox Horn Arrangements
Jerry Crutchfield Producer
Steve Dudas Composer
Jim Horn Horn Arrangements
Mark Hudson Composer, Producer
Arif Mardin Producer
Richard Perry Producer
Vini Poncia Composer
Graham Preskett String Arrangements
Jim Shaw Producer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Don Was Producer
David Wild Interviewer
Carl Groszman Composer
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Brian ODoherty Composer
Steve Rooke Mastering
Margaret Cobb Composer
Fred Velez Composer
Bob Sherman Composer
Voni Morrison Composer
Ande Rand Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    listening to Ringo is very enjoyable...lots of up tempo songs and excellent musicians, including George Harrison, Peter Frampton,Elton John, Robbie Robertson,John Lennon, Billy Preston, and even a guitar solo by Eric Clapton on Ringo's tribute to George.....NEVER WITHOUT YOU. and of course no collection would be complete without the NO-NO SONG.

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