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Gort-Klattu barada Ringo,
This review is from: Goodnight Vienna (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.
Location: My Little Blue Window, USA
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