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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ringo albums are always better than you think they will be ... this is the best in a while! Well done Sir Richard!Published 7 months ago by Jerry L. Taylor
Buy it.. Y not ! another in a long series of great Ringo albums with inspired and great production values and arrangements... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Northern Knight
Why not is right... We will always support Ringo and his peace loving, fun music. Recommend for fans of Ringo.Published 24 months ago by john Chambers
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 on January 13, 2014 by James Prial
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 morePublished on July 29, 2013 by S. Sasic
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
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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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 morePublished on July 8, 2012 by cafeaulait
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 morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Ronald E. Adams
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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.
Jan 12, 2010 by R. Williams | See all 9 posts
|L.P.? As in "vinyl"? Sure, but expensive!||Be the first to reply|