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Goodnight Vienna

Ringo StarrAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, was the drummer in the Beatles from 1962 to 1970 and thus became one of the most famous musicians of the '60s. Though the least prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished himself as an occasional singer of good-natured material and as an actor. Upon the group's split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the first, an album called ... Read more in Amazon's Ringo Starr Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000009CBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. (It's All Da-Da-Down To) Goodnight Vienna
2. Occapella
3. Oo-Wee
4. Husbands And Wives
5. Snookeroo
6. All By Myself
7. Call Me
8. No No Song
9. Only You (And You Alone)
10. Easy For Me
11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise)
12. Back Off Boogaloo
13. Blindman
14. Six O'Clock (Extended Version)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gem From Ringo July 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is another great Offering from Ringo. The CD is even better than the LP because you get some great bonus tracks. First, you are treated to a John Lennon piece, "Goodnight Vienna." Sir Winston plays piano on this piece. The song is done with warmth and gusto. From this opening track you can immediately tell that Ringo is enjoying himself.
"Only You (And You Alone)" demonstrates Ringo's keen ability to make late 50's - early 60's rock classics quite memorable. Ringo's love for these vintage songs has not diminished. The story behind "Only You" is rather interesting. John Lennon recorded "Only you." Ringo loved John's rendition of it so much that he got John's recording and simply taped his voice over it. Beleive me, after hearing John's rendition of this vintage song, you can easily hear how Ringo followed the way John performed this song.
This LP also contains the cutsey "No No Song." I remember Ringo doing this live on the Smothers Brother's show. What more can be said about this classic?
I definitely recommend this CD. Great music and lotsa fun from Ringo. Where can you go wrong?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars With gusto, boys! July 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was Ringo's fourth solo album. While not as good as his triumphant third album, it still has it's moments. It pretty much follows the "formula" of his third album, by including some songs Ringo wrote, some songs his friends wrote for him and some cover versions of other people's songs. The big hits were "No No Song" and "Only You". The CD version features three bonus tracks. "Back Off Boogaloo" was a Top Ten hit. The strange "Blindman" was the b-side of "Back Off Boogaloo" and was also the title song to a western Ringo starred in. "Six O'Clock" was originally featured on Ringo's third album. This is the extended version that previously only appeared on promo copies of the third album. It runs over a minute longer than the normal version and you can hear Paul McCartney's backing vocals more clearly on it. Recommended to Ringo's fans.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RINGO: "Ringo! Give us a beat, Jimmy!" February 13, 2010
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"I grew up with THE BEATLES." Those of you who did not, simply cannot--nor will you ever--understand all the magic, wonder and amazement that simple sentence implies. It was like hearing, watching, and feeling your heart come alive each time these four, magical musicians, took instruments in hand, and decided, "Okay, lads, let's make some music."

It was an oft' told tale that, during concert moments, when the audience frenzy had long since reached beyond "fever pitch," overwhelming their hopelessly inadequate amplifiers, John or Paul would howl quickly over their shoulders, "Ringo! Give us a beat, Jimmy" ("Jimmy" being a common Brit slang--sort of the equivalent of "Joe," "buddy," or "pal.") And somehow, miraculously--perhaps through sheer force of will--Mr. Richard S. would dig deep and hammer that beat home! Technology be damned! Crowds be damned! Endurance be damned! PHYSICS be damned! John's foot would begin to confidently tap, Paul's torso would bounce. And George? George would slyly smile for his old friend, Ringo the Rock, had once again brought the boys safely back into port.

Ringo: the glue, the anchor, the rock, the lighthouse beam.

Yet Ringo has often taken a back seat to his mates. And with a bemused smile, he has frequently let this impression or assessment of his talents and/or contributions stand unchallenged. Why not? If you were one of the four Titans who straddled the Earth, would you bother yourself with the mumbled stupidity of the occasional ant that crossed your path? Life is far too short, my friends.

It's a little known fact that, after The Beatles parted, Ringo went along quietly and consistently out-selling his brothers with his solo albums for any number number of years. That's right: Ringo.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This album starts off like a bonafide classic with Goodnight Vienna, Accapella (great song! ) and Ooh-Wee. Unfortunately, it doesn't maintain that level, including the clunkers Husbands and Wives and Call Me. Husbands and Wives is a touching Roger Miller song, but Ringo's pipes just can't pull it off. Call Me may be the worst song he's ever written, and he's written some pretty wretched ones. Also, Nilsson's Easy For Me is ill-suited for Ringo's voice. But there are seven really strong songs on this album, and the Richard Perry production is better than on "Ringo." Plus, there's the great bonus tracks, which make this a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 4, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Pay no attention to the London listener's review below mine. No, this CD is not the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" or "Abbey Road." But, Yes! - It is an excellent CD filled with great Ringo moments, fun & toe-tapping songs and some of the best pop music in the history of recorded music. If you love Ringo, you should already have this CD (although I would suggest the US release, and NOT the expensive import). If you don't already have this album, then what are waiting for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gort-Klattu barada Ringo March 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Although not quite as strong as Ringo, "Goodnight Vienna" is a good, if not quite-as-strong follow up using the same formula. The missing piece that would have made this puzzle of an album complete are George Harrison who was essential to the success of "Ringo" having written or co-written three songs (including "Photograph" with Ringo) and Paul McCartney. McCartney does appear on the CD courtesy of the longer cassette mix of "Six O'Clock" which is superior to the version on the original album. Harrison was essential to that album and is missed big time here (this is during a period when he and Ringo had a falling out, as I recall, because Harrison confessed that he slept with Ringo's wife Maureen and claimed to be in love with her).

Still, "Goodnight Vienna" does benefit from duplicating the format of Ringo--gathering famous friends to support Ringo. Hoyt Axton contributes the hilarious and rather ironic "No No Song", Nilsson's "Easy For Me","Occapella" by Allen Toussaint and John Lennon contributing the title track (and he also provided the guide vocal and played on "Only You" as is evidenced from the outtake on the Anthologyset).

Produced again by Richard Perry the CD mastering sounds pretty good--missing is the overuse of digital noise reduction that marred the U.S. release of "Ringo".

We get the 1972 single "Back Off Boogaloo" (which does feature George's mean slide playing and is produced by him but was recorded before the album), "Blindman" it's b-side as well as the longer version of "Six O'Clock" making this worthwhile to pick up for fans. All three songs only add value to the release.

Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Making A Little Music With A Lot Of Soul And Vigor!
One can only imagine what it was like to be a Beatle admirer during the early/mid 1970's. The solo music being made by all four members was,by 1973 becoming extremely popular and... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Andre S. Grindle
3.0 out of 5 stars A charmer.............
From the opening of John's count in on Goodnight Vienna this is the last time Ringo's formula of his friends producing and writting songs for him really worked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Received this LP in perfect condition in its original plastic as promised. it will not be opened and framed as is. Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Spice
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD!!!
Brought back memories from my highschool days... a vinyl record that I use to listen to all the time I can now listen to in my car... I love it.
Published on September 25, 2011 by Patricia A. Vieta
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 Beatlesworthy tunes, and then Ringo fades out until he fades back in
Here we have Ringo's farewell to the first half of the 1970s. The second half of the 1970s would be a disaster for him. Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Jeff Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars I've embraced this album better than most people, I think
Although his 1973 album "Ringo" was his biggest solo success, I think Goodnight Vienna harbored some great songs. Read more
Published on November 19, 2010 by Rykre
4.0 out of 5 stars More like the B-sides to "Ringo"
The early seventies were pretty good for the former Beatles drummer. 1973 saw the release of "Ringo," a star-studded album featuring several hit singles and other tracks that... Read more
Published on September 4, 2008 by Reginald D. Garrard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
A must have album for anyone who loves the Beatles Music. All of the fab four contributed to this Ringo Starr Solo work. A great Album.
Published on March 30, 2008 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of musical horsepower from a damn good band.
Ringo will go down in musical history as "The least annoying Beatle". We all sort of thought when the fab four quit that Ringo would end up in one of those "Where are they now? Read more
Published on June 30, 2007 by RJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodnight Vienna Ringo Starr
Good. If you liked him in the Beatles then you would like him in his own band. Some of the songs are cute. Read more
Published on March 18, 2007 by Wanda L. Perkins
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