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Ringo 2012

Ringo Starr

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Album Review

Delivered during the dawning days of 2012, Ringo 2012 is a state of the union address from the beloved Beatle, a brief telegram of all the sounds and sentiments important to Richard Starkey as he begins his 72nd year. Ringo walks the line between the past and present, celebrating the former through the spectrum of the latter, producing a crisp, irrepressibly cheerful dose of nostalgia, one where he covers childhood favorites (Lonnie Donegan's skiffle classic "Rock Island Line" and Buddy Holly's "Think It Over," a version that popped up on the 2011 Holly tribute Listen to Me; "Slow Down" is not the Larry Williams tune the Beatles covered, it's an original with the same name) and revives two old album tracks from the '70s, "Step Lightly" and "Wings," choosing the latter for the record's first single. Take these four cuts away, and there are only five originals left on this 28:50 album, songs about Liverpool, the Fabs, Sambas, good vibes, and peace & love. Ringo being Ringo, he gets by with his high-profile friends — Glen Ballard, Van Dyke Parks, Dave Stewart, and brother-in-law Joe Walsh all chip in on the collaborations — so the record doesn't have a note out of place, doesn't have a moment that's unexpected. Such familiarity may be a tad too cozy, but Ringo has long abandoned the very concept of adventure, preferring to look back through rose-colored granny glasses...and if Ringo 2012 is slighter than the lighter-than-air 2010 Y Not, it still has enough good cheer to bring a smile to longtime Beatles lovers.

Customer Reviews

A Great Album For Ringo and Beatles Fans For 2012

Despite the album having nine tracks, the songs are nicely written and the best ones will have to be Wings, Step Lightly, In Liverpool and Wonderful. But all songs are great in their own right and I recommend this to all Ringo fans and Beatles fans like myself.

Not good

Apart from step lightly the song not the voice this is just minus star rating only for diehard beatles fans if that.

C'mon, Billy Shears has much more in the tank than this.

During the heyday of the Beatles Ringo was cast as the jolly fellow, the class clown and the lesser amongst a band of genuine musicians. He was and is one of the finest R&B, rock drummers on the planet. He doesn't need to prove anything, he has the credibility of being the rhythmic foundation upon which the most important rock/pop band of all time built its reputation. I can only guess that he still loves what he does because he certainly doesn't need the money, it is just difficult to accept that he feels he needs to keep putting out product because this collection of songs would instantly disappear if they were not ascribed to the legendary Ringo Starr. There is nothing here that moves, that rips it up, that has the spark required to add to his nevertheless undiminished reputation.
With the thirteen or so incarnations of the All-Starr Band there is incredible potential for a collaborative album of original material that really rocks, how about it Billy? Peace & Love.

Ringo 2012, Ringo Starr
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll
  • Released: 01 January 2012

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