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Classic 1973 solo album with 3 bonus tracks, featuring all other Beatles members, John, Paul & George. Incl You're Sixteen
Ringo Starr's various late-career All Star bands may have been somewhat shaggy, nostalgia-laden affairs, but they found a warm reception with audiences far and wide. But the concept of Starr gathering a roster of stellar musician friends in a comfortable, partylike atmosphere was hardly a new one. Until 1973's Ringo, Starr's solo work had been a strange mix of quirky exercises in nostalgia (Sentimental Journey), country & western (Beaucoups of Blues) and Beatles-esque top 10 hits ("It Don't Come Easy," "Back Off Boogaloo"). But under the big-budget aegis of producer Richard Perry, Starr gathered an impressive roster of musician friends (including all three fellow Beatles, the Band's Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson, and Harry Nilsson, Marc Bolan, Billy Preston and a dozen others) to record what remains the best album of his solo career. The Fabs contributions are warm and heartfelt, especially John Lennon's tongue-in-cheek romp, "I'm the Greatest," a track that outshines even George Harrison's upbeat sea-shanty "Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond)" and Paul McCartney's pop-flavored "Six O'Clock." But Ringo also proved that Starr himself was no slouch in the hit-making department, cowriting the hits "Photograph" (with Harrison) and "Oh My My," while making the Johnny Burnette chestnut "Only Sixteen" all his own. --Jerry McCulley
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If you're a Beatles fan you absolutely must have this in your collection.
Man this sounds good! Nice dynamic range, not compressed it appears that they reissued this using what appears to be the master from 1991 released in Japan and Europe.
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO THE U.S. RELEASE:
The current U.S. release uses no noise on it which dulls the sound. While this has a bit of tape hiss it sounds better, more open and doesn't suffer from the artifacts of over use of noise reduction.
This re-release of one of Ringo Starr's best solo albums has been repackaged in a faithful replica of the original vinyl release. GIve the Japanese credit they are sticklers for accuracy if nothing else when it comes to re-releases even if they re-release limited collectables all the time. "Ringo" comes in a replica of the original gatefold sleeve with the booklet in the middle even using paper that has the same texture as the original vinyl release. The CD has a graphic on it that faithfully replicates (as much as it can mind you)the original label for the album as well.
This edition sounds a bit brighter than the previous edition and on first impression it doesn't appear to have the No Noise that was applied ONLY to the U.S. CD edition of the album. The best version is still Steve Hoffman's crisp, beautiful sounding DCC gold disc of this album but this latest edition is a close 2nd or 3rd (depending on how you feel about the Japanese first edition from 1991). Add in the colorful replica of the original graphics and you've got a winner on your hands.
This sounds like it is a digital clone of the original 1991 Japanese release so it doesn't sound compressed nor does it sound LOUD. As a result, the CD sounds very, very close to the best version I've heard of this album on CD or vinyl.
As with the 1991 edition this version features the top 10 hit single "It Don't Come Easy", it's b-side "Early 1970" saluting his ex bandmates and the b-side to his #1 hit single "Photograph", "Down and Out" which has a nice R&B feel to it(although on this CD "Down and Out" is strangely placed after "Photograph" (although it makes sense in a stange sort of way--since it WAS the b-side of the song as a single which DOES disrupt the flow of the album--it's a minor quibble and can easily be fixed just burn the CD in the proper order or rearrange it as a playlist on your mp3 player or ipod).
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