Vertical Man [Japan]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in his career, Ringo Starr realized that he couldn't quite carry an entire album by himself, so he established the practice of the "all-star" or "All-Starr," as he later dubbed it album, drafting in his musician buddies to help him make an album. The first time he did this was also the best -- 1973's Ringo remains one of the best Beatles solo albums, possibly the only one that is simply, unabashedly fun. The approach also enlivened his 1992 comeback album Time Takes Time, but it fails to deliver on that record's follow-up, Vertical Man. Ringo remains loyal to such long-time friends as Joe Walsh and Tom Petty, as well as Paul and George, but he also brings ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early in his career, Ringo Starr realized that he couldn't quite carry an entire album by himself, so he established the practice of the "all-star" or "All-Starr," as he later dubbed it album, drafting in his musician buddies to help him make an album. The first time he did this was also the best -- 1973's Ringo remains one of the best Beatles solo albums, possibly the only one that is simply, unabashedly fun. The approach also enlivened his 1992 comeback album Time Takes Time, but it fails to deliver on that record's follow-up, Vertical Man. Ringo remains loyal to such long-time friends as Joe Walsh and Tom Petty, as well as Paul and George, but he also brings in such young guns as Alanis Morissette and Scott Weiland, hoping that some of their hipness will transfer to him. Of course, that doesn't happen, but you wouldn't want it to anyway -- Ringo is at his best when he's Ringo, warbling amiable ditties with his charming, slightly off-key voice. Vertical Man has that in spades. The overall quality of the songs isn't as strong as Time Takes Time, but there are some neat moments, from a cover of Dobie Gray's timeless "Drift Away" to ingratiating new numbers like "One" and "I'll Be Fine Anywhere." It's a slight album -- most of Ringo's albums are -- but it's an entertaining one, and that's only true of a handful of his records. [Vertical Man is also available in an import release.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • Label: Import [generic]
  • EAN: 4988011359330
  • Catalog Number: 59483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One (3:02)
  2. 2 What in the... World (3:28)
  3. 3 Mind Field (4:06)
  4. 4 King of Broken Hearts (4:43)
  5. 5 Love Me Do (3:44)
  6. 6 Vertical Man (4:42)
  7. 7 Drift Away (4:09)
  8. 8 I Was Walkin' (3:21)
  9. 9 La De Da (5:41)
  10. 10 Without Understanding (4:22)
  11. 11 I'll Be Fine Anywhere (3:41)
  12. 12 Puppet (3:21)
  13. 13 I'm Yours (3:27)
  14. 14 Mr. Double-It-Up (4:03)
  15. 15 Everyday (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ringo Starr Primary Artist, Percussion, Bongos, Drums
Paul McCartney Bass
Joe Walsh Electric Guitar
Jeff Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Cox Hammond Organ
Steve Dudas Bass, Electric Guitar
Scott Gordon Harmonica, Percussion
Mark Hudson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Steven Tyler Background Vocals
Scott Weiland Background Vocals
Alanis Morissette Background Vocals
Technical Credits
George Harrison Engineer, Contributor
Paul McCartney Contributor
Ozzy Osbourne Contributor
Ringo Starr Composer, Producer
Joe Walsh Contributor
Brian Wilson Contributor
Rupert Coulson Engineer
Geoff Emerick Engineer
Scott Gordon Engineer
Mark Hudson Composer, Producer, Engineer
Graham Preskett String Arrangements
Steven Tyler Contributor
Scott Weiland Contributor
Mentor Williams Composer
Paul Wright Engineer
Alanis Morissette Contributor
Margery Greenspan Art Direction
Eric Greedy Engineer
Andrew Sheps Engineer
Dean Grakal Composer
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