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Goodnight Vienna

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1974 album featuring musical contributions from John Lennon, Paul Mcartney, Elton John & Harry Nilsson - includes ''Back Off Boogaloo'' & ''All By Myself''

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. (It's All Da-Da-Down To) Goodnight Vienna
  2. Occapella
  3. Oo-Wee
  4. Husbands And Wives
  5. Snookeroo
  6. All By Myself
  7. Call Me
  8. No No Song
  9. Only You (And You Alone)
  10. Easy For Me
  11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise)
  12. Back Off Boogaloo
  13. Blindman
  14. Six O'Clock (Extended Version)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000009CBY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is another great Offering from Ringo. The CD is even better than the LP because you get some great bonus tracks. First, you are treated to a John Lennon piece, "Goodnight Vienna." Sir Winston plays piano on this piece. The song is done with warmth and gusto. From this opening track you can immediately tell that Ringo is enjoying himself.
"Only You (And You Alone)" demonstrates Ringo's keen ability to make late 50's - early 60's rock classics quite memorable. Ringo's love for these vintage songs has not diminished. The story behind "Only You" is rather interesting. John Lennon recorded "Only you." Ringo loved John's rendition of it so much that he got John's recording and simply taped his voice over it. Beleive me, after hearing John's rendition of this vintage song, you can easily hear how Ringo followed the way John performed this song.
This LP also contains the cutsey "No No Song." I remember Ringo doing this live on the Smothers Brother's show. What more can be said about this classic?
I definitely recommend this CD. Great music and lotsa fun from Ringo. Where can you go wrong?
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This was Ringo's fourth solo album. While not as good as his triumphant third album, it still has it's moments. It pretty much follows the "formula" of his third album, by including some songs Ringo wrote, some songs his friends wrote for him and some cover versions of other people's songs. The big hits were "No No Song" and "Only You". The CD version features three bonus tracks. "Back Off Boogaloo" was a Top Ten hit. The strange "Blindman" was the b-side of "Back Off Boogaloo" and was also the title song to a western Ringo starred in. "Six O'Clock" was originally featured on Ringo's third album. This is the extended version that previously only appeared on promo copies of the third album. It runs over a minute longer than the normal version and you can hear Paul McCartney's backing vocals more clearly on it. Recommended to Ringo's fans.
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"I grew up with THE BEATLES." Those of you who did not, simply cannot--nor will you ever--understand all the magic, wonder and amazement that simple sentence implies. It was like hearing, watching, and feeling your heart come alive each time these four, magical musicians, took instruments in hand, and decided, "Okay, lads, let's make some music."

It was an oft' told tale that, during concert moments, when the audience frenzy had long since reached beyond "fever pitch," overwhelming their hopelessly inadequate amplifiers, John or Paul would howl quickly over their shoulders, "Ringo! Give us a beat, Jimmy" ("Jimmy" being a common Brit slang--sort of the equivalent of "Joe," "buddy," or "pal.") And somehow, miraculously--perhaps through sheer force of will--Mr. Richard S. would dig deep and hammer that beat home! Technology be damned! Crowds be damned! Endurance be damned! PHYSICS be damned! John's foot would begin to confidently tap, Paul's torso would bounce. And George? George would slyly smile for his old friend, Ringo the Rock, had once again brought the boys safely back into port.

Ringo: the glue, the anchor, the rock, the lighthouse beam.

Yet Ringo has often taken a back seat to his mates. And with a bemused smile, he has frequently let this impression or assessment of his talents and/or contributions stand unchallenged. Why not? If you were one of the four Titans who straddled the Earth, would you bother yourself with the mumbled stupidity of the occasional ant that crossed your path? Life is far too short, my friends.

It's a little known fact that, after The Beatles parted, Ringo went along quietly and consistently out-selling his brothers with his solo albums for any number number of years. That's right: Ringo.
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For me, Ringo Starr never again captured the magic that was his 1973 album "Ringo". Highlights on this one are "The No No Song" (Hoyt Axton's tongue-in-cheek anti-drug song), Elton John & Bernie Taupin's throwaway song "Snookeroo" and John Lennon's "Goodnight Vienna". Toss in the bonus track of Paul & Linda McCartney's "Six O'clock", in an alternate mix a minute longer than the version on "Ringo", and you've got a less exciting but not worthless "Son Of The Ringo Album". And I always forget that Ringo's cover of "Only You" is here as well. That's a nice one!
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From the opening of John's count in on Goodnight Vienna this is the last time Ringo's formula of his friends producing and writting songs for him really worked.The LP still had some energy there in the recording that would later become old hat.But with Elton John's contribution and Hoyt Axtons the album has a great vibe.This is of course recorded during John's lost weekend in LA and I imagine the last before a long decade of drug abuse had really settled in.Ringo continued to try this again and again and again.But it never worked.It is a shame being in the Beatles he didn't learn about trying to repeat yourself.But this is good fun LP/CD.
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