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Audio CD, September 6, 1994
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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.
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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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I'm very satisfied about this item. The music is excelent, the article came to me quickly and the audio CD was like new.Published 17 months ago by Francisco Ortega
I can understand why, after this one, Ringo packed in the music business for several years. Here's a very likeable album, with Joe Walsh performing guitar and production duties,... Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Jeff Walker
This album is great. I rank it as one of my faves, along with beaucoups of blues, blast from your past, and vertical man. great guitar work by joe walshPublished on May 12, 2010 by Dee Dee Tee
Hi, this album is hard to find but I heard it recently. It's worthy to note there is not much Ringo Starr material from the 80's. Read morePublished on December 2, 2009 by Tnahpellee
I was able to buy "Old Wave" as an import vinyl back in 1983, and I recall being somewhat disappointed; the mix was bad and the songs odd. Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by burritobrother
First of all, I've got to say that I never, ever, expected new horizons in pop music from Ringo Starr. Read morePublished on September 29, 2008 by Gordon Pfannenstiel
This is a great cd , It did not evan chart, Many never new it was put out. A must to have, t rock all the way home.Published on March 13, 2008 by Mark A. Bentz