2017 album. Paul McCartney on two tracks.
Ringo Starr (real name Richard Starkey) will forever be known as the drummer in The Beatles. He was the last to join (in August 1962) after their previous drummer Pete Best was sacked for the crimes of his face not fitting and lacklustre performing abilities in the studio. Ringo quickly settled in and the following year the band blew up and the rest as they say, is history: record breaking sales, tours, recording techniques etc.
When The Beatles folded in 1970, surprisingly it was Ringo who was the first to release a 'proper' album, namely 'Sentimental Journey', an album of standards recorded specifically for his mother. A second album that year called 'Beaucoup Of Blues' saw him in Nashville with the cream of their session musicians. After some standalone singles over the next few years which were big hits, it was his third album 'Ringo' in 1973 that confirmed he could make it on his own with a big selling platter and he also succeeded in getting his three former partners: Messrs Lennon, McCartney and Harrison to all guest on the record.
He also was carving out a career in the film world although he failed to score any roles in any big successes. After his contract with EMI expired in 1976 he released a string of albums of various labels all selling in diminishing returns and eventually in 1988 entered a detox center to cure his alcoholism. He came out swinging and since then has made a successful career on the live circuit but his studio albums only seem to sell to Beatles completists.
Ringo plows on with his 19th solo album, aided by his usual collaborators in the All-Starr Band: Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart and Gary Nicholson. His old band mate Paul McCartney brought his bass guitar along and plays on two tracks and supplies backing vocals. Other star names dropping in include Jeff Lynne, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Benmont Tench and many others!
Starr wrote all the songs in collaboration with different writers. Some of the aforemetioned names get credits plus the likes of Glen Ballard and Richard Marx. Ringo also has re-recorded some of his older solo tunes including his three biggest hits: ‘Back Off Boogaloo’, Don’t Pass Me By’ and ‘Photograph’.