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I Wanna Be Santa Claus

Ringo Starr

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Album Review

The Beatles never quite made a commercially released Christmas album, though they put together special singles for their fan club every year from 1963 to 1969, then compiled them as The Beatles Christmas Album, also just for the fan club, in 1970. These recordings were more spoken-word than musical, though there was a song, "Christmas Time (Is Here Again)," heard in excerpts on the 1967 record. It has been left to Ringo Starr to release the first full-length Christmas album from a Beatle, and I Wanna Be a Santa Claus is very much in the group's spirit. Since he returned to recording in 1992, Starr has made a point of making music reminiscent of the Beatles, hooking up in 1998 with a group led by Mark Hudson dubbed the Roundheads. Hudson is everywhere on I Wanna Be a Santa Claus, co-writing the half-dozen originals with Starr and others, co-producing with Starr, and handling a variety of instruments. He and keyboard player/arranger Jim Cox clearly are steeped in the Beatles, and they have effectively recreated a Beatles sound on the record, in some cases aping specific songs. The Roundheads are also good at showcasing Starr's drumming, which is always high in the mix. If none of the new songs are likely to become classics, they are respectable efforts that Starr handles well. On the standards, Starr is his usual good-natured self, and the standout track is the cover of "Christmas Time Is Here Again." There are precious few lyrics besides the title, but it deserves to be added to the ranks of Christmas standards. So, Ringo Starr is well-served by his supporting musicians on I Wanna Be Santa Claus, and his typically cheery manner is so well-suited to the holiday spirit that it's only a shame he waited so long to make his seasonal recording.

Customer Reviews

woot woot ringo!

ringo i love u u rock! these songs are typical xmas songs and u turned them into something original. itz amazing! the cover is awesome 2! come on xmas is one of the best, and i also like winter wonderland. ; ) buy this album! but maybe not the whole thing....

Ignore the "BAD" review -- this is excellent

Excellent work from the Beatle with a unique voice. Don't listen to the other guy -- I like any true Beatle fan loves the tunes that Ringo sang (imagine Sgt. Peppers without Ringo's crooning of "A Little Help from my Friends", or The White Albums without "Goodnight"). Ringo is in his element with this record -- clever original tunes in between the classics.

Ringo is awesome!!!

What a Christmas gem! Ringo's voice is as warm as the log in the fireplace! A cheerful and happy celebration of the Christmas spirit with a touch of Beatles style! A true treasure to behold! Merry Christmas!


Born: July 7, 1940 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ringo Starr, born Richard Starkey, was the drummer in the Beatles from 1962 to 1970 and thus became one of the most famous musicians of the '60s. Though the least prominent member of the quartet, he distinguished himself as an occasional singer of good-natured material and as an actor. Upon the group's split, Starr went solo with two novelty projects: the first, an album called Sentimental Journey, found him covering pre-rock standards, and the second, Beaucoups of Blues, was a country music collection....
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