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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 1/12/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602527273808
  • Catalog Number: 001379202
  • Sales rank: 9,466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fill In The Blanks (3:13)
  2. 2 Peace Dream (3:35)
  3. 3 The Other Side of Liverpool (3:23)
  4. 4 Walk With You (4:41)
  5. 5 Time (3:48)
  6. 6 Everyone Wins (3:54)
  7. 7 Mystery Of The Night (4:05)
  8. 8 Can't Do It Wrong (3:44)
  9. 9 Y Not (3:49)
  10. 10 Who's Your Daddy (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ringo Starr Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
The 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Starr is Re-born

    Best album since Ringo

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    Posted February 20, 2010

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