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Old Wave

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

1. In My Car 2. Hopeless 3. Alibi 4. Be My Baby 5. She's About A Mover 6. I Keep Forgettin' 7. Picture Show Life 8. As Far As We Can Go 9. Everybody's In A Hurry But Me 10. Going Down 11. As Far As We Can Go (Original Version)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. In My Car
  2. Hopeless
  3. Alibi
  4. Be My Baby
  5. She's About A Mover
  6. I Keep Forgettin'
  7. Picture Show Life
  8. As Far As We Can Go
  9. Everybody's In A Hurry But Me
  10. Going Down
  11. As Far As We Can Go (Original Version)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 6, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TRQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In 1983 Ringo Starr's album OLD WAVE came out. At that time, oddly, Starr had no record deal in the United States or even England, so OLD WAVE was released in other countries including Canada and Germany.

It's hard to understand why. Twenty years later, this Ringo Starr fan considers OLD WAVE to be the drummer's most overlooked album. More to the point, it's one of Starr's best, with no fewer than seven excellent songs: "Picture Show Life," "She's About A Mover," "Going Down," "In My Car," "As Far As We Can Go," "Alibi," and "Everybody's In A Hurry But Me." Starr's vocals are as good as he gets. Musicians including Joe Walsh, John Entwistle, Waddy Wachtel and Gary Brooker, along with Ringo, play their guts out.

In 1983 I was lucky enough to pick up the Canadian import of Ringo Starr's OLD WAVE at a record collectors show. A few years ago OLD WAVE came out on compact disc, so get it while you can. I will enjoy it for another twenty years.
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This disc. originally came out in 1983.On RCA records from Canada,Germany,New Zealand,Austalia,and Isreal! It features,Eric Clapton,John Entwhisle,produced by Joe Walsh This is like having the Beatles,The Who,& The Eagles and Cream on one Disc! This is my favorite solo Ringo. Joe Walsh did a funky version of In my car on one of his solo albums. Sadly Ringo will not do any of this stuff live.This disc. should be in print always. as Ringo would say, its a classic!!! My favorite cuts are,Hopeless,I keep forgetin,As far we can go........
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This really is a sadly overlooked album. This is not nearly as pop as many of his albums. The music is honest and real and not contrived. It's just good music, well writen and played, and it sounds as fresh today as it did when it first came out.
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awesome album.. one of the greatest!..lots of great songs..pretty high in price, because its out of print..get it if you like me , i like original CDs.. Joe Walsh form The Eagles is on this one.. i got the CD version here from Amazon Marketplace..the label is THE RIGHT STUFF, from 1994, the album is originally from 1983, got one bonus track at the end...awesome seller and very fast ship.. thank you!
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This album was produced in 1982 and released in 1983. It is a band effort. (This musical unit consisted of Ringo, Joe Walsh, Mo Foster, Gary Brooker and Chris Stainton, according to this CD's truly informative and detailed booklet.) I remember Ringo Starr going on a talk show around this time and the interviewer asked him why this was not available in the United States except as an import. Ringo's answer was "I lost my record contract."
I believe the reason this album is so little known is that it didn't come out in the United States until eleven years after its initial release. Even though it follows the typical Ringo formula of using famous musicians to back him up on every track, OLD WAVE differed from that formula in one major respect: This album sounds like musicians rocking out, not being sidemen, however excellent the sidemen were on RINGO and GOODNIGHT, VIENNA. You can hear these guys almost getting to the point of jamming. I wouldn't call any of these tracks a jam session, but there are instrumental solos of good length. Ringo's drumming here is more expressive than it is on any of his other solo albums. This sounds like a band playing in a club. It's well-recorded, by the way. I don't sense muffling or fancy editing. It has a live-in-the-studio sound. Ringo worked closely with Joe Walsh in particular here. If it's a forgotten Ringo album, it's also a forgotten Joe Walsh album.
The CD adds a song at the end from a few years earlier, very different in tone, but it has Ringo in very good voice, as does the rest of the CD.
Some of the personnel are Clapton, Entwhistle, etc., but they are not merely punching the clock. This is blues-rock.
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The title if brilliant as this album came out around the time the term New Wave was established.No way was Ringo going to start making synthesiser music or take much notice of corporates who tried to turn him into disco.
He'd already made his statement and the corporates could shove it.Which they did when the album was only issued in Canada and Germany
Fortunately Ringo was never a writer and if his name appeared on a song it would be with others in tow.
A nice touch though to record the Sir Douglas Quintet song as it was actually a rewrite of the Beatles' She's a woman
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I bought this CD as a collectable (I am a completeist when collecting), the price was way to high, but it has been out of print for a long time. The music was better than expected, a good listen if you are already a fan. The price for the LP is much better if you are interested.
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Who would have thought that Ringo and Joe Walsh would have been such a great combination? "Old Wave" got lost in the shuffle of new music and bands of the 1980's and The Beatles reputation. That's too bad--at 27 "Old Wave" stands as probably one of Ringo's best solo albums. Yep, you heard me right--one of his best.

Joe Walsh co-writes half of the originals here with Ringo and that's good--Walsh and Ringo both can create great stuff when collaborating with others. "In My Car" surprisingly ISN'T the strongest track to lead off with. It's good but the follow up track "Hopeless" is terrific as is "Alibi" and Ringo's remake of "I Keep Forgettin'" features a nice, unusual arrangement that compliments his strengths and his limitations as a vocalist. "As Far as We Can Go" written by Russ Ballard is both touching and powerful. Ringo does a great job of interpreting the song (I disagree with allmusic in that regard--Ringo's limitations as a vocalist doesn't impact his ability to interpret the material). Imagine a really good Joe Walsh album with Ringo singing or a really good Ringo solo album with Joe Walsh guesting for the entire album and you'll have an idea as to what "Old Wave" sounds like.

I'm surprised that this is going as much for it is here (I found a brand new sealed copy in the used bins for $5.99)but then again maybe not since it's out of print. That's a crime. "Old Wave" is better than most of the stuff that Paul and George put out in the mid-80's but that's damning with faint praise--it's a REALLY GOOD ALBUM.

Why did allmusic give this album two stars? That's because increasingly they've grown as out of touch as Rolling Stone has when it comes to artists who aren't The Rolling Stones or Arcade Fire.
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