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Ringo the 4th

3.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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In 1977, at the height of the British punk movement, the former drummer of England's greatest band released Ringo the 4th, a dinosaur-rock artifact if there ever was one. "Drowning in the Sea of Love" was the album's lead-off single, but drowning in a sea of L.A. session cats is more like it. Severely overproduced by Arif Mardin, the album pits Ringo's old brown shoe of a voice against a phalanx of backing singers (including Bette Midler, Luther Vandross, and Melissa Manchester) and a hyperactive horn section. Without any Beatle mates to bail him out, the songs are almost uniformly dire, though the cover of "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley" almost works. The album (which failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic) produced no hits whatsoever; at this point, Ringo's career and personal life were rapidly spiraling out of control, and the glory days of the Fab Four seemed very far away, indeed. --Dan Epstein
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002IU1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
What makes this album sort of special is that Ringo wrote six of these songs. I don't care much for "Out on the Streets", but the others are charming and very enjoyable. I really wish that Ringo would have insisted on writing the whole album. Of the four songs that Ringo didn't write, "Tango All Night" is the only one I like a lot. Like the song "Monkey See Monkey Do" on Ringo's BAD BOY album, these cover versions are kind of an embarrasment to Ringo. The best song here is the melodic and sweetly nostalgic "Gave It All Up." "It's No Secret", "Gypsies In Flight", and "Simple Love Song" are nearly as good. This is not one of Ringo's best albums, but it is still a must-have if you like Ringo. Note to Paul McCartney: In return for Ringo's "Wings", how about recording a song called "Ringo Starr."
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Is "Ringo The Fouth" one of Ringo's best albums? Not at all,I agree. But if you compare it with all the albums released at its time you'll certainly be sure that this album IS really good. When Ringo recorded it, he certainly was not wanting to make a masterpiece, a new "Sgt Pepper" or "Rubber Soul". He was just having fun. This album was produced by Arif Mardin, one of the "kings" of disco music. Arif convinced Ringo to try new sounds. I think that Ringo (with his then partner Vinnie Poncia, later producer for Kiss) bothered so much with the instrumentation (excellent) and forgot the melodies. Some of the songs are "not whistful" and forgettable, although perfectly performed, but there are good moments. But the most interesting thing about "Ringo The Fourth" is that the best song Ringo recorded for the album was not included in it!...The song was called "Just a Dream" and appeared only as the b-side of "Wings" (and later as the b-side of "Drowning in the sea of love"). If you listened to this song you'd love it and I'm sure that if "Just a Dream" was released on the album and as the A-side of the single, the history of this album would be different. It has a great melody and the taste of the disco era. It could be a serious hit, but how could we understand the artists' mind??? Atlantic, please re-release "Ringo the Fourth" with "Just a Dream" as a bonus track!
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I know that is a very strange idea, but i think that "Ringo the 4th" is a wonderful album, the very best of Ringo; in it, there is my favourite song of all the time, "Gave It All Up", and other masterpiece are "Drowning in the Sea of Love", with his b-side "Just a Dream", "Wings", "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley", "It's No Secrets" and "Gypsies in Flight". The lone song that I don't like is the last one, "Simple Love Song". This is the much underrated album ever, and I think that is one of the best of the rock history, with "Rubber Soul" & "All Things Must Pass".
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It is hard to believe that this recoding came from the same guy who gave us such memorable classics as "It Don't Come Easy," "Photograph," and his Beatles classics "Octopuses Garden" and "With a Little Help From My Friends."
Ringo does his "Disco Thing" on these tracks. Being the drummer of the best band in history carries with it certain responsibilities. One of which is to set trends, not copy them. On this CD, Ringo trades in his solid Beatle roots for a pair of platform shoes. The result is an absolute embarrasment.
Ringo was born to rock, not follow the glitzy dance-trends of the 70's to Disco Inferno and obscurity. FZ's song, on his Shiek Yerbouti LP, "Dancing fool," pretty much sums up what Ringo became when he released this rubbish.
Those that claim that this is Ringo's best obviously do not know about Ringo's more robust musical offerings, like his Album, "Ringo" for instance.
No, this is not Ringo's best. Instead, this is Ringo at his worst. At this point in his career, Ringo had become a disco clone (or, is that clown?), just like three brothers from "Down Under."
I was disappointed when I purshased this album. You will too if you purchase this CD. If you want to enjoy Ringo, then spend your money on either "Ringo" or "Blast From Your Past."
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It's true...there's a lot to dislike about Ringo the 4th. It has another slick, antiseptic production job by Arif Mardin, it features workmanlike playing by a brace of anonymous studio musicians, and once again finds Ringo, during one of the most diffuse periods of his life, apparently being propped up at the mike while amassed strings and disco dolly BV's swirl relentlessly around him. It would be yet another depressing affair like Ringo's Rotogravure, BUT...
There are some good songs here. And that is the reason why 4th slides by in my book, because the fun, for a change, does not come across as forced. "Drowning in the Sea of Love", for example, builds momentum with its disco beat and prominent backing vocals, and probably should have done better on the charts than it did. Also, "Can She Do It Like She Dances" is a hoot, very catchy, very danceable, and the inebriated-sounding Ringo works up a lascivious froth as he tells his mates about the titular lust object. "Gave It All Up" succeeds as a charming reminisce, sounding warm and winning; "Sneaking Sally Through The Alley", although done a bit better by Robert Palmer, still is done as a fun singalong and works well.
Ringo the 4th is an effort I would recommend, but cautiously...if you don't expect much and keep an open mind, you'll find it at least entertaining. It's no classic, but for fans of the Ringed one, it'll suffice.
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