Ringo

Ringo

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by Ringo Starr
     
 

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With Ringo, Ringo Starr finally put his solo career in gear in 1973, after serving notice with back-to-back Top Ten singles in 1971 and 1972 that he had more to offer than his eccentric first two solo albums. Ringo was a big-budget pop album produced by Richard Perry and featuring Ringo's former Beatles

Overview

With Ringo, Ringo Starr finally put his solo career in gear in 1973, after serving notice with back-to-back Top Ten singles in 1971 and 1972 that he had more to offer than his eccentric first two solo albums. Ringo was a big-budget pop album produced by Richard Perry and featuring Ringo's former Beatles bandmates as songwriters, singers, and instrumentalists. On no single track did all four appear, though George Harrison played the guitars on the John Lennon-penned leadoff track "I'm the Greatest," with Lennon playing piano and singing harmony. But it wasn't only the guests who made Ringo a success: Ringo advanced his own cause by co-writing two of the album's Top Ten singles, the number one "Photograph" and "Oh My My." The album's biggest hit was a second chart-topper, Ringo's cover of the old Johnny Burnette hit "You're Sixteen." Songs like "Have You Seen My Baby," a Randy Newman song with guitar by Marc Bolan, and Ringo and Vini Poncia's "Devil Woman" were just as good as the hits. Ringo's best and most consistent new studio album, Ringo represented both the drummer/singer's most dramatic comeback and his commercial peak. The original ten-track 1973 album got even better in 1991 as a 13-track CD reissue, the bonus tracks including the 1971 gold single "It Don't Come Easy" and its B-side, "Early 1970," a telling depiction of Ringo's perspective on the Beatles breakup.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/1991
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0077779563722
catalogNumber:
95637
Rank:
10920

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ringo Starr   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Dancer
David Bromberg   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Violin
Steve Cropper   Guitar,Electric Guitar
George Harrison   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony
John Lennon   Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paul McCartney   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mouth Sax
Harry Nilsson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Tom Scott   Clarinet,Horn,Saxophone
James Booker   Piano
Rick Danko   Fiddle,Violin
Nicky Hopkins   Piano,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Marc Bolan   Guitar
Jimmy Calvert   Acoustic Guitar
Merry Clayton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Horn
Levon Helm   Mandolin
Tom Hensley   Piano,Keyboards
Milt Holland   Percussion,Marimbas
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Bobby Keys   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Linda McCartney   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Perry   Vocals,Background Vocals
Vini Poncia   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Martha Reeves   Vocals,Background Vocals
Derrek Van Eaton   Percussion
Lon & Derrek Van Eaton   Percussion
Klaus Voormann   Bass,Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Chuck Finley   Horn
Lon Van Eaton   Percussion
Don Van Eaton   Percussion

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
Paul McCartney   String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement
Ringo Starr   Composer
Tom Scott   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Richard Perry   Producer
Vini Poncia   Composer
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Klaus Voormann   Lithography
Staffan Olander   Liner Notes
Barry Feinstein   Art Direction
Tim Bruckner   Paintings,Back Cover,Cover Painting

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Ringo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
mmattell More than 1 year ago
great fun
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album when I first got it when it was a new LP and on CD it only got better, with the inclusion of "It Don't Come Easy", and two single b-sides "Down and Out" and "Early 1970". The 'Ringo' album is as close as it ever came to a Beatles reunion on record (that is, when all four were still alive). While no track has all four members on it ("I'm the Greatest" does have Ringo, John and George), because of their participation, much of 'Ringo' has what would be a 'Beatles '73' sound ("Photograph" and "You and Me (Babe)" with Harrison guitars and background vocals, "Six O'Clock" with an obviously present McCartney arrangement and vocal harmony, "I'm the Greatest" with witty, biting Lennon lyrics, plus his vocal backup). Add to the all-ex Beatles quotient, musical help from most of The Band, Dave Bromberg, Billy Preston and Marc Bolan (of T-Rex) and Ringo has one helluva album to show for it. Even more so than George Harrison's 'All Things Must Pass', the prospect of hearing Ringo sing every song must've been a little odd since fans were used to hearing him sing only once an album on the average (whereas with George you got him twice, sometimes more). But the songs on 'Ringo' are great, done well and it's his finest moment of his post-Beatles years.
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