Y Not

Y Not

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by Ringo Starr
     
 

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Ringo Starr defined his solo career through his collaborations, scoring his first big hit with the assistance of his fellow Fabs and later sustaining himself through his All-Starr Band, so his decision to produce 2010's Y Not on his own appears to be a big deal. Of course, those collaborators sharpened RingoSee more details below

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Ringo Starr defined his solo career through his collaborations, scoring his first big hit with the assistance of his fellow Fabs and later sustaining himself through his All-Starr Band, so his decision to produce 2010's Y Not on his own appears to be a big deal. Of course, those collaborators sharpened Ringo's focus but never altered his amiable pop -- that friendly, shambling sound is Ringo, something Y Not proves without a shadow of a doubt by sounding virtually interchangeable with its immediate predecessors despite a production that inexplicably feels like a response to George Harrison's 1987 comeback, Cloud Nine. Since Ringo bathes himself in unrepentant nostalgia, this 20-year flashback is odd but appropriate because Starr is all about cheerful reminders of happy times filled with Peace Dreams and memories of "The Other Side of Liverpool." Starr does have some famous friends to bolster his journey through the past -- Van Dyke Parks co-wrote "Walk with You" but his presence is obscured by a Paul McCartney harmony, Joe Walsh is partially responsible for the stiffly thumping "Fill in the Blanks," Richard Marx keeps the '80s nostalgia flowing on "Mystery of the Night," while Joss Stone valiantly tries to pull the proceedings into the present on the album-closing "Who's Your Daddy," a song where Ringo comfortably plays second banana -- but he has no overall collaborator; he's steering this ship himself and has no desire to depart from his familiar course home. Again, like there was on Liverpool 8, there is charm to Starr's tried and true: exciting it is not but it's as comforting as an old friend who doesn't change, he just stays the same.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/12/2010
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602527273808
catalogNumber:
001379202
Rank:
39847

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ringo Starr   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Marx Brothers   Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Bass,Vocals
Billy Squier   Guitar
Joe Walsh   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Keith Allison   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gary Burr   Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano
Steve Dudas   Guitar
Edgar Winter   Horn,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Ben Harper   Background Vocals
Mark Hart   Guitar
Vann Johnson   Background Vocals
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Dave Stewart   Guitar
Bruce Sugar   Keyboards
Don Was   Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Bradford   Bass
Joss Stone   Vocals
Cindy Gomez   Background Vocals
Ann Marie Calhoun   Violin
Tina Sugandh   Tabla,Indian Chants

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Composer
Ringo Starr   Producer,Concept,Inside Photo
Joe Walsh   Composer
Johnny Warman   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Dave Stewart   Composer
Bruce Sugar   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Vartan   Art Direction
Chris Bellman   Mastering
Rob Shanahan   Inlay Photography
Joss Stone   Composer
Richard Starkey   Composer

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