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Y Not

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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 (January 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 album from the former Beatle and Rock icon. For the first time in one of popular music's most enduring and illustrious careers, Ringo Starr has decided to take charge and produce himself. The result is perhaps the most personal and impressive album of this Rock legend's entire solo career. The joyous result finds Ringo leading a smaller core group of old and new friends including longtime pal and recent brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart and longtime Roundheads member Steve Dudas on guitar, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on keyboards, Don Was and Mike Bradford on bass. The album also features special guests like Joss Stone, Ben Harper and Richard Marx on vocals, Ann Marie Calhoun on violin and Tina Sugandh on tabla and chanting. Starr's former bandmate and longstanding mate Paul McCartney, who adds a characteristically brilliant bass part to the inspiring 'Peace Dream' and even more notably provides his unmistakably fabulous vocals to 'Walk With You,' an exquisite new composition by Starr and Van Dyke Parks.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ringo rock's 80's style. January 12, 2010
By Landrew
Format:Audio CD
Ringo Starr's new album "Y Not" is probably the most coherant album he has recorded since 1992's "Time Takes Time". This is simple rock and roll at it's best. Ringo's last few albums have been pop oriented but this one has more grit thanks to Joe Walsh's excellent guitar riffs. The first track "Fill In The Blanks" is the best track he has recorded in years. I'm a hardcore Ringo fan and I haven't been this excited about an Ex-Beatles album since the early 80's. Really. Ringo's vocals on tracks like "Mystery Of The Night" and "The Other Side Of Liverpool" actually soar. The entire album feels like it jumped out of 1988 and that's just fine because the sound is really awesome. "Peace Dream" with Paul McCartney is produced so well that you will not be able to get enough of it - not in an annoying way. Kind of like eating really good french fries and wanting more. Ringo has churned out some excellent music in the past ten odd years and this one tops them all. No kidding. I can be a harsh critic, even for my favourite Beatle. So run to your local record store and say "Gimme that record called Y NOT!"
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars irrepressibly good--Ringo can't do it wrong January 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Ringo Starr's brand new release rocks! Ringo is in excellent form here; and his peers all contribute splendidly to the creation of a very well done album that will stand the test of time. The numbers are memorable with sophisticated musical arrangements and Ringo never sounded better, either! His skill as a songwriter remains superb as well. The quality of the sound on this album is excellent and I like that artwork.

The songs here are all so good that there's really not a single dud in the bunch; Ringo and his buddies have really impressed me! "Fill in the Blanks" has a great beat; and Ringo's excellent diction enhances his performance all the more. "Fill in the Blanks" has a catchy fell to it; once I heard it I kept playing it over and over again; the music fits perfectly with Ringo's vocals and it's all brilliantly done. Joe Walsh also does background vocals, guitar and even bass on "Fill in the Blanks!" "Peace Dream" has some mighty awesome guitar work that combines with percussion, drums and more to make "Peace Dream" shine! Of course, Paul McCartney on bass made this even more special--not that Ringo really needs help making good music; but it all works wonders anyway.

"The Other Side of Liverpool" has a fine rocking beat; Ringo sings this with panache and the key modulations sound great just as the different tempos add to the quality of this tune! "Walk with You" has Ringo front and center, too--which is quite all right by me! "Walk with You" gets a sensitive treatment from Ringo, Paul McCartney and the rest; I really like the way they turned out this song. "Time" also has a terrific sound that features Ringo singing squarely front and center--and that piano arrangement makes the music really wonderful.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Change for Ringo January 12, 2010
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To be honest, I didn't like Ringo's last 2 albums. He just seemed to be repeating the same tired formula over and over. On this album, he goes in a new direction and thankfully has stopped using the same tired formula of writing bridges on every song and using bad Beatle like backing vocals. Is this album great? No, but for the most part it is an enjoyable album with just a few clunkers.

Here is my analysis of the songs:

1) Fill in the Blanks - 6/10 - I didn't care for much for the opening song, which is a basic average rock song and quite forgetable.

2) Peace Dream - 7.5/10 - This is a much better song than the opener. It may grow on me more, but from one listen I can tell you it is positive, uplifting, sung well and the backing singers are a nice touch and not overdone. The chorus is just not as catchy as great peace songs like Imagine & Give Peace a Chance and the song is a bit repetitive. Mentioning John in the song is a nice tribute to him by Ringo.

3) Other Side Of Liverpool - 8/10 - This song is darker and grittier than anything I have heard from Ringo before and it is a refreshing change. And thankfully he resists his formula writing style and doesn't write a bridge, for the song doesn't need one. The backing singer is good.

4) Walk With You - 8.5/10 - Best song on the cd. The intro is simply gorgeous and Paul's vocals make it simply magic.

5) Time - 6.5/10 - Good guitar work, but the song is pretty average at best.

6) Everyone Wins - 7/10 The guitar work is very good and the song isn't bad, but I don't like the use of the hip hop beat in the beginning and throughout. Thankfully he employs this sound just once on this album.

7) Mystery of the Night - 8/10 - This is a very good song.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ringo keeps churning 'em out January 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
While most of his contemporaries (many of whom are younger) haven't put out a record in years or are floundering around forever releasing live albums but only putting out a studio album once every five to ten years, Ringo Starr, in the year he turns 70 (!) churns out his fifth full studio album in twelve years (not including the Christmas album 'I wanna be Santa Claus') and somehow keeps his music energetic and of a high quality. IF you include "Santa Claus" that averages an album every two years!

After a falling out with long-time producer and song-writer Mark Hudson during the last album "Liverpool 8", Ringo decided to produce this one himself and every song features Ringo as one of two songwriters. Each song has a different co-writer. This album is also a return of the Starr-studded cast of his Seventies albums, rathar than just relying on the Roundheads.

So what's different? Well the ever-present Beatles-imitating backing vocals of the last few albums are towned down, and sometimes there are female backing vocals. Ringo varies the arrangements with more instruments being employed in the mix, for example violins and saxaphones, and Ringo's production to try and emphasise these instuments, rather than let them sit dormant in the background somewhere. In fact Ringo's producing is fine, which makes me wonder why he always employs other people to help him so much.

Despite the changes, this album is more or less a continuation of the theme of his most recent albums, like "Choose Love", with the same rock and pop oriented songs, with a sometimes folk edge, and up-beat lyrics that both look towards the future as well as reminisce on the past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why not is right...
Why not is right... We will always support Ringo and his peace loving, fun music. Recommend for fans of Ringo.
Published 6 months ago by john Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' Ringo album
this is a great album, one that you can listen to over and over again, and Why Not? It's good music, the beats are there.
Published 7 months ago by James Prial
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
Very Beatles-esque, charming, and personal. Songs are of uniform quality (none bad, none impressive), good length and selection. Really well done, above my expectations. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Sasic
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Ringo may not want to hear from me via fan-mail, but this is an awesome album.

Two of the songs are in rotation on my playlist for a bit more than a year - That's about... Read more
Published 17 months ago by s. szeglowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
For some reason i wasn't expecting this album to be as good as it is,but i enjoyed it from start to finish.It's a very good album.
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Published 22 months ago by Y2bjs Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ringo Starr's 50 Years And Going Strong...
Recently.Interviewed For The Golden Anniversary Of Ringo Starr's Intro To The World As A Drummer For A Band That Was A Revolution~He Bridled."It's Just A Number". Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by cafeaulait
1.0 out of 5 stars Production lacking
Long time Beatles fan and of each of their solo material. Ringo is a GREAT drummer, but his solo albums suffer without a producer that "gets it. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Ronald E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail Ringo! A 35-Year Wait for This One, but...Y Not?
Y NOT is nearly as good and is definitely Ringo's best effort since RINGO ('73) and GOODNIGHT VIENNA ('74). Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by Beatlenik
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Published on September 10, 2011 by Michael DJ Soden
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool
Ringo at his very best. Music is vibrant and fresh. Recommend to anyone who appreciates the musical achievements of the Beatles.
Published on August 20, 2011 by Serious Beatle Fan
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Y NOT on Hip-O Records - a good match?
I'm not that familiar with the label.But from what I've read about this album it should be superb!
Nov 27, 2009 by R. Williams |  See all 1849 posts
So what do you think?
I love it! Yes,the last track sticks out a little,but I like it too.Very good album indeed.
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