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listen  3. I Wanna Be Santa Claus (Album Version) 3:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Album Version) 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Christmas Eve (Album Version) 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Christmas Time Is Here Again (Album Version) 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Blue Christmas (Album Version) 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000028TVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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Forget that Ringo was the funny Beatle. For our purposes, he's the Christmas Beatle. Ringo is the only member of the Fab Four to release an album of holiday music and, if this 12-song collection is any indication, Richard Starkey has certainly found his niche. This elegantly sparse production finds Ringo re-roasting old chestnuts such as "Winter Wonderland" and "White Christmas" with his zany, playful, rollicking sense of humor. Jazzy flourishes, rockabilly piano, and Scottish bagpipes go a long way toward lifting these classics out of mothballs. And the skinbeater in him makes "The Little Drummer Boy" irresistible. Even better are the six songs he and Mark Hudson (of the Hudson Brothers) penned for the disc, especially the sophisticated "Christmas Eve," which conjures up the ghost of Cole Porter. Aerosmith's Joe Perry provides soaring guitar work on two cuts, while former Eagle Timothy B. Schmit provides candy-cane sweet vocals throughout. As an added treat, Ringo covers the Beatles' "Christmas Time is Here Again." --Jaan Uhelszki

Customer Reviews

This one should be listened to all year round.
Debra B.
I don't know why, I just held back ordering this album, though I am a huge Beatle fan, and loved Vertical Man, Ringo's last album.
"gordon@ruraltel.net"
Ringo does a great job here -- traditional favorites mixed in with good new originals.
yaztheman

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Perusse on December 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There's a moment in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that defines this disc: our favourite drummer flubs the words ("He said `Santa'.... No, he didn't, he said `Rudolph'....") and proceeds to laugh it off. Throw in a version of The Little Drummer Boy that owes as much to Back Off Boogaloo as to the original carol, a rockin' Winter Wonderland that quotes from one of his recent albums and a whole array of infectuously- performed seasonal tunes, both new and standard, and you get exactly what you came for: a good time. This disc evokes the spirit of his 1973 album Ringo and 1993's sadly-underrated Time Takes Time. And, best of all, Starr's trademark precision drumming is recorded with a great sonic crackle. All in all, a perfect anecdote to your Celine Dion-variety Christmas sap.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael Goodman on December 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
We just listened to the new Ringo Christmas album all the way through and had a good time with every track! The production is as Sgt. Peppery as any Beatle solo effort(totally appropriate for a Christmas record!), his vocals better than ever-obviously he's having a great time and he KNOWS he's making a great album. His new tunes are great and the Christmas cornerstones give him a chance to do some boogie and country,plus his drumming is better than ever! The last track sounds uncannily like a George song that George himself should have been writing all these years! The Hudson Brothers are the perfect support for Ringo as well, 3 nutty brothers who sing great harmony(like that "other" group!). Ringo co produced and co wrote(xmas standards excepted) the entire album and the even the cover is phenomanal! GO RINGO!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Amazon is a sure place to find this elusive CD...and it's worth every cent! Ringo continues in fine form...he has given us 3 strong releases..Vertical Man, Storytellers and now I Wanna Be Santa Clause....the first track is great to play loud...it gets your attention and holds you there with a drum beat like Instant Karma and thick sound like Revolution...Winter Wonderland sounds great with a beatlesque backing...those Beatley backing vocals permeate the whole album and it sounds great! I Wanna Be Santa Clause is a great Ringo original which could be played alongside Mccartney's Wonderful Christmas Time...little Drummer Boy is just perfect, one of the best on the album..Rudolph sound good with some humorous changes to the lyrics...Christmas Eve is the weakest of the tracks for me...The Christmas Dance goes back to skiffle roots...Christmas Time Is here Again takes a mere novelty tune that the Beatles jamed with and adds rich instrumentation including bagpipes...Blue chrisymas is another weak song...Dear Santa could have gone on McCartney's latest album, it has a fifties feel...White Christmas is briiliant with a tropic feel to a wintry ballad...the last track is Harrisonesque al the way, with sitars and all...just wish Ringo could have covered John's Christmas song!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "scottaw66" on November 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I am convinced that with this release of "I wanna be Santa Claus" that the Beatles breakup was the biggest hoax EVER. This cd is perhaps, Ringo's most innovative, charming and fun album he has ever produced. It's not just your run of the mill "Bing Crosby" Christmas album. Ringo plays drums with such vitality that maybe he WAS right when he said he was "the greatest drummer on Earth". For example, on "The Little Drummer Boy", Ringo plays drums ala "Back off Boogaloo". Who would if thought that you could get the house rocking to that song? Well, Ringo found a way. The song "I wanna be Santa Claus" starts with a Beach Boys sound, then ends in a "Revolution #9" kind of way. Speaking of the Fab Four, Ringo covered "Christmas Time is here again" with the same fun filled energy of 30-some years ago.
What more can be said except Ringo's vocals are better than ever and this is an album that can be listened to all year 'round. So go and get this cd- don't expect too much- and you'll get a Beatles Christmas album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
With his new cd, Ringo has chosen to do Christmas material- and it works, unlike McCartney's new and dull '50's nostalgia trip. Ringo and crew (including his recent partner Mark Hudson) do five Xmas classics and six originals plus rework the Beatles' 'Christmas Time Is Here Again'. Of the standards, 'Winter Wonderland' and 'White Christmas' work the best, especially 'Winter Wonderland', where they cleverly sneak in a bit of 'I Was Walkin' from last years awesome "Vertical Man". But "Rudolph', 'Blue Christmas' and 'The Little Drummer Boy' are fine as well (check out Ringo's 'Boogaloo' inspired solo opening that one). Of the originals...well, they're terrific. The title track and the lovely 'Christmas Eve' will go down as Ringo classics. 'Come On Christmas Come On' has a definite Beatlesque bounce and 'The Christmas Dance' is just plain fun. The Beatles remake is great, featuring another guest shot from an Aerosmith member in Joe Perry. The cd ends with the original 'Pax Um Biscum (Peace Be With You)', which is just perfect. The overall sound of this cd is similar to "Vertical Man", and once again Ringo's singing and playing are outstanding. His production with Hudson is clean, crisp, subtle; perfect for a holiday record.
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