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Pre-loaded wristband contains: entire studio album Liverpool 8, personal video message from Ringo Starr, interview footage & track-by-track commentary from Ringo Starr, ringtunes, photos & more!
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  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B0010HOZU8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By TheBandit VINE VOICE on January 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Don't get me wrong - I love Ringo and have all his albums. It has been great having a new album from him every few years, and they are consistently enjoyable.

But the Mark Hudson formula has really run it's course with this one. Judging by the production credits, this was essentially a Mark Hudson production like each of Ringo's previous album going back to "Vertical Man" a decade ago. Dave Stewart was brought in at a late enough stage that he is credited as "re-producing" the album, while Mark Hudson is still credited as producer of all but one track. Interestingly, I'd say that one specific track - the title song - is easily the best on the album. A Starkey/Stewart collaboration, the song "Liverpool 8" is noticably fresher sounding - lacking the rather tired cliches of Hudson's arrangements.

The thing about Mark Hudson, it seems he ran out of production/arranging/writing ideas for Ringo after "Ringo Rama." I consider him sort of a poor man's Jeff Lynne. In a way, he has served the same function for Ringo that Lynne served for George Harrison. Of course, it should go without saying that Harrison was in an entirely different artistic sphere than Ringo. Jeff Lynne helped shape a new, updated sound for George - who remained in control of his overall vision. Ringo, on the other hand, needs far more creative input from his producer - something Mark Hudson provided, and then some. Hudson is kind of a hack, really, despite numerous highlights throughout "Vertical Man," "Ringo Rama," "Choose Love," and now "Liverpool 8," the songs are generally formulaic variations on one another. There is a sameness to the arrangements - the often too-forced 'Beatlesque' backing vocals in particular - as well as the lyrical themes.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Cassman on January 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Ringo Starr may not have created the peace-and-love aesthetic the Beatles put forth late in their run, but over the years, he's embodied it as none of his band mates could.

Despite his talent behind the drums, Starr was always the regular guy in a group of icons -- an affable foil to John Lennon's confrontational genius, Paul McCartney's pop ambition and George Harrison's mystical leanings. On "Liverpool 8," Starr again plays the good-natured everyman, making simple pleas for peace and understanding over the kinds of bouncy backing his old band invented.

Starr doesn't even pretend the Beatles weren't the best thing that ever happened to him, and on the title track -- named for his childhood neighborhood -- he retells the story of the Fab Four, insisting, "Liverpool, I left you/ but I never let you down."

Producer Dave Stewart heaps on the gloss, but his technique is similar to that of Jeff Lynne, who helped Harrison stage his '80s comeback and recorded the two "new" Beatles tunes the following decade. As a result, Starr's songs have an old-friend quality, and their familiarity overshadows their hokier moments.

On "R U Ready," the album's closer, Starr stages a hoedown while contemplating mortality. Looking toward the afterlife, he's as hopeful as ever: "It's good that you believe, but it's better if you know."
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Well of course it's been almost 40 years since the Beatles broke up,but Ringo Starr isn't about to give up on music so easily. The title song alone talks about playing with Paul and George and "his old friend John" and that he never truely forgot about his roots in the port city of Liverpool,playing with The Beatles and beginning the adventure of a lifetime. Many of the other songs here are about The Beatles' old favorite subject:love. But gone is the Fab Four's exuberant naivity is replaced by a lot of somber reflection;Ringo muses about about the old question about people who'd rather fight eachother then "Give Love A Try". There are a number of surprises here too-"Harry's Song",which by the sound of it's shuffling beat and lyrics is a tribute to Harry Niellson. Another tune of note is the Spanish-style "Pasodobles" and the gospel hoe down of "R U Ready". While Ringo finds plenty of time to have fun here there's a also a sad tone to some of the lyrics,even if many of the tunes have great pop hooks and a lot of ELO-like vocal effects. It's a great album for any fan of Ringo,The Beatles or pop music in general and you can have a lot of fun listening to it,but some of it may make you ask a few questions about this generation too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Nordmann on February 16, 2008
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Like a good wine, Ringo just seems to keep getting better with age. His last few efforts going back to 1998's Vertical Man saw a creative rebirth of his talent. He then followed that up with Ringo Rama (and his beautiful tribute to George Harrison, "Never Without You"). His personality, charm and sly humor really came through on that CD, not to mention some flat out rocking tunes. Not to be outdone, in 2005 he released 'Choose Love' which was more or less in the same vein as Ringo Rama, choosing and writing some excellent material that could have been RR-part 2. Now comes Liverpool 8, where he expands on the formula that was present on his two previous efforts. Nostalgic, irreverent, fun and the continual propulsion of the back beat that we've know for 45 years, pardon the pun, hasn't missed a beat. Both he and George were overshadowed in that other band they played in, and if either he or George were in another band, they easily would have been leaders. Liverpool 8 doesn't travel far from the 60's inspired peace and love themes, but like McCartney asked in 'Silly Love Songs', "What's wrong with that"? It's a testament to the man's (often underrated) talent that he can produce fresh, vibrant and creative music, and the age of 67! Do yourself a favor and get this CD, sit back, enjoy and just have fun. There are no deep life-altering lyrics (OK, Ringo I really love ya, but deep lyrics haven't always been your strong suit--sorry) but just listen to one of the great masters doing what he does best, and it sounds like he's having a great time doing it. Keep them coming Ringo, we love ya!
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any "extra tracks" anywhere?
I don't believe so. Even the single has another album track as the b-side.

If there are any at all then they'll be on the super-duper 3-disc edition with limited edition liner notes by god.
Jan 9, 2008 by A. Wiggins |  See all 3 posts
Future Double-dip?
You gotta hate that, when an album is released and then after the initial burst of sales they release a "Deluxe edition" to entice those on the edge of purchase.

I'm waiting to see if they do just that with this release.
Feb 12, 2008 by Buck "Buck" Buckaw |  See all 3 posts
I was wondering if the Home Depot "theme song" had lyrics...
I always thought the music Home Depot used on their commercials sounded like Springsteen's "Counting on a Miracle".
Jan 26, 2008 by Parrot Monkey |  See all 2 posts
Ringo Starrs CD on a wristband?????
It's essentially a preloaded USB Flash drive with the music files and other extras.
Jan 4, 2008 by Jason P. |  See all 7 posts
This album is streaming for free until its release date
thanks for the info!
Jan 15, 2008 by Mike |  See all 2 posts
Where is the bonus track "It's love" available in the U.S.? Be the first to reply
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