Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr (CD & DVD) Collector's Edition
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, August 28, 2007
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This is a collectors edition, CD plus DVD package. This CD contains 20 stand out Ringo Starr tracks including seven Top 10 pop hits released between 1970 and 2005 including 'Photograph', 'It Doesn't Come Easy', 'Back Off Boogaloo' and more! 20 tracks in all. The bonus DVD includes original promotional films for 'It Don't come Easy', 'sentimental Journey', and the music video for 'Act Naturally' with Buck Owens.
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Both were released as singles with the count ins intact.
Now for the real treat-There is one really big PLUS to this collection. The single edit of It's All Down To Goodnight Vienna is making it's cd debut with Lennon's count in still there!!!!
Overall, a great single disc of some of Ringo's finest material.
Now, isn't it time for George to have an up to date "Best Of" as well?
As for the DVD, it's great to actually own the videos for It Don't Come Easy & Back Off Boogaloo. I never even knew that a promo video existed for Only You! The only disappointment is the video for You're Sixteen. It was put together using footage of Ringo & Carrie Fisher taken from Ringo's 1978 TV Special. They didn't even use the complete song. Hope the TV Special is released in it's entirety one day.
While the first two albums, "Beau-coups of Blues" and "Sentimental Journey," were exercises in style (and there is nothing here from "Journey"), it was the Richard Perry and Vini Pocia produced extravaganzas of "Ringo" and "Goodnight Vienna" that caught the public's fancy. Having all your famous friends and ex-bandmates added an air of spectacle. Elton John was at his 70's peak when he and Bernie Taupin donated "Snookeroo" and the excitement was contagious.
Unfortunately, the excitement was also substance fueled and began to take a toll. Ringo left longtime home Capitol and signed with Atlantic for "Ringo's Rotogravure," which was another star studded affair but lacked any power. "A Dose of Rock and Roll" and a cover of "Hey Baby" are here, but the following albums are completely passed over. Even Ringo, in the liner notes, saying "I can't even tell you if it was a great experience because a lot of it is...gone."
It took Neil Bogart to help Ringo snap out of it, and he signed him to Boardwalk Records. George Harrison wrote "Wrack My Brain" for "Stop and Smell the Roses," becoming Ringo's last US hit. While his All Starr Bands have kept him on the radar, the albums from "Time Takes Time" on have been mostly unheard. Of the remaining songs, his tribute to George Harrison, "Never Without You," is as good as Harrison's "All Those Years Ago." It's also a treat to hear Ringo and Buck Owens do "Act Naturally" as a duet.
It is a real joy to hear some of Ringo's better latter day songs along with upgrades on those early classics. The oh-so-seventies sound of "Back Off Boogaloo" and "It Don't Come Easy" will make you nostalgic for a sound that has moved on, the sort of free-wheeling exuberance that brought songs like "I'm The Greatest" a smile-cracking sense of fun. At his best - both as a Beatle and on his own - that is what Ringo brought to music.
The CD starts with Ringo's earlier hits; we get the stunning "Photograph" by Ringo and George Harrison; the guitars work wonders for this arrangement and Ringo sings beautifully with a chorus and George himself doing backup vocals. Beautiful! "It Don't Come Easy" is easily another Ringo masterpiece; the guitar intro shines and Ringo delivers "It Don't Come Easy" without a superfluous note. "You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine)" remains an excellent, strong cover with brilliant vocals backup by Harry Nilsson. Awesome!
Ringo does a great job with John Lennon's "I'm The Greatest." Listen for John on harmony vocals, too. The key changes on "I'm The Greatest" bolster this number as well. "Only You (And You Alone)" give us Ringo doing another cover, this time of a song by The Platters. Ringo shows off his great vocal range with this tune; and the melody touches me with its beauty. "Only You (And You Alone)," in Ringo's competent care, becomes one of the most beautiful love ballads I've ever heard.
"Early 1970" features Ringo singing of the breakup of The Beatles; what an awesome arrangement! "No-No Song" gives us an excellent tune by Ringo about saying no to drugs; "No-No Song" showcases Ringo rocking sweet and soft to make this one h*** of a song! "A Dose Of Rock 'N' Roll" switches gears; this tune rocks a little harder despite its 1950s beat--and it has one terrific chorus!
"Never Without You" stuns me with its beauty as Ringo sings passionately of his late buddy, George Harrison. The melody can't be beat; and this song lets Ringo express his pain over losing his buddy to cancer. Listen for Eric Clapton to do a sublime guitar solo on "Never Without You," too!
The CD ends with "Fading In And Out," a pensive, reflective ballad with a melody that provides a strong ending for this album. Great drums and percussion, too!
But the DVD has more! We get great videos of "It Don't Come Easy;" "Back Off Boogaloo;" "You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine)" and more! A few patches look like home movies more than a professional video; but it's fascinating and enjoyable to watch.
The liner notes are loaded with great artwork; and we get the song chart top positions and dates, too. We also get the song credits and the names of the people who performed with Ringo on each number.
To state that Ringo Starr is a genius is an understatement. Ringo possesses a natural ability to create timeless and ageless music about love and life, happiness and sorrow. I highly recommend this for Ringo fans as well as anyone who wants to hear some of the best music anyone ever released over the last few decades.