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Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr
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Ah. Ah. Ah. *attempts to raise chin Off The Ground* Oh, sweet heavenly notes! I love Ringo's voice and music. He is right in my comfort zone. I want him for a favorite cousin.

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Ahhh Girl said
Ah. Ah. Ah. *attempts to raise chin
Off The Ground* Oh, sweet heavenly notes! I love Ringo's voice and music. He is right in my comfort zone. I want him for a favorite cousin.

Awesome news - as noted earlier I like this one, and a lot of other Ringo CDs as well.

As an aside (and to answer myself ^^), the "Ringo" CD DID include all the Klaus lithos, so a nice package, but a 6 tracks or so overlap with "Photograph" - though the other tracks not on it are well worth the admission price.

 

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Ahhh Girl said
Ah. Ah. Ah. *attempts to raise chin
Off The Ground* Oh, sweet heavenly notes! I love Ringo's voice and music. He is right in my comfort zone. I want him for a favorite cousin.

I'm sure he would accept that as a compliment.a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

Ringo is my wife's favorite Beatle. I always thought he'd be a great older brother...cousin works just as well.

I really like this disc. I must make it a point to pick up Ringo.

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Zig said

Ahhh Girl said
Ah. Ah. Ah. *attempts to raise chin
Off The Ground* Oh, sweet heavenly notes! I love Ringo's voice and music. He is right in my comfort zone. I want him for a favorite cousin.

I'm sure he would accept that as a compliment.a-hard-days-night-ringo-10

Ringo is my wife's favorite Beatle. I always thought he'd be a great older brother...cousin works just as well.

I really like this disc. I must make it a point to pick up Ringo.

I have a really close favorite cousin so that is the imiage I have in my mind for Ringo. 

I'm looking forward to listening to some more of his work.

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I still have my 'Blast From Your Past' cassette which was Ringo's first "Best Of" album so I've yet to buy this one, I thought that it outclassed John's 'Shaved Fish' compilation which was released around the same time in late 1975. Some felt that Ringo's solo successes were a little overrated because not much success was really expected from him post-Beatles, but these recordings have stood the test of time and in some instances upstaged the others' releases. Think back to 1971 when John's 'Power To The People', Paul's 'Another Day', and George's 'Bangladesh' singles were all released around the same time as Ringo's 'It Don't Come Easy' and Ringo easily comes out on top with his release, I know that some of you really like 'Another Day' but it's positively a lump of cheese when compared to Ringo's classic, in my opinion. There's no doubt that some of Ringo's solo works are among the most forgettable, but a few of the Solo Beatles' Brass Rings most definitely belong to Rings...:-)

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Billy Rhythm said
I still have my 'Blast From Your Past' cassette which was Ringo's first "Best Of" album so I've yet to buy this one, I thought that it outclassed John's 'Shaved Fish' compilation which was released around the same time in late 1975. Some felt that Ringo's solo successes were a little overrated because not much success was really expected from him post-Beatles, but these recordings have stood the test of time and in some instances upstaged the others' releases. Think back to 1971 when John's '
Power To The People', Paul's 'Another Day', and George's 'Bangladesh' singles were all released around the same time as Ringo's 'It Don't Come Easy' and Ringo easily comes out on top with his release, I know that some of you really like 'Another Day' but it's positively a lump of cheese when compared to Ringo's classic, in my opinion. There's no doubt that some of Ringo's solo works are among the most forgettable, but a few of the Solo Beatles' Brass Rings most definitely belong to Rings...:-)

I have that on CD.

Oh, and gotta disagree on It Don't Come Easy being better than Another Day.

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IveJustSeenAFaceo said

Billy Rhythm said
I still have my 'Blast From Your Past' cassette which was Ringo's first "Best Of" album so I've yet to buy this one, I thought that it outclassed John's 'Shaved Fish' compilation which was released around the same time in late 1975. Some felt that Ringo's solo successes were a little overrated because not much success was really expected from him post-Beatles, but these recordings have stood the test of time and in some instances upstaged the others' releases. Think back to 1971 when John's '
Power To The People', Paul's 'Another Day', and George's 'Bangladesh' singles were all released around the same time as Ringo's 'It Don't Come Easy' and Ringo easily comes out on top with his release, I know that some of you really like 'Another Day' but it's positively a lump of cheese when compared to Ringo's classic, in my opinion. There's no doubt that some of Ringo's solo works are among the most forgettable, but a few of the Solo Beatles' Brass Rings most definitely belong to Rings...:-)

I have that on CD.

Oh, and gotta disagree on It Don't Come Easy being better than Another Day.

I'm with Billy on this one, but only just.  In any case, for all the dumping on the bearded one he certainly gave his more illustrious mates a run for their money in the early 70s.

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I think ringo's early success owed more to George Harrison who produced his early singles and certainly helped in the writing of It Don't Come Easy. George also contributed hugely to the Ringo album. 

George seemed happy to give good songs to Ringo whereas John and Paul gave him their rejects. 

After George stopped being involved with Ringo, it seemed to go downhill.

I have all Ringo's albums, being a completist, but don't rate too many after Goodnight Vienna except possibly Time  Takes Time and Vertical Man.

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No question that George helped Ringo's early solo successes become possible, but John, Paul, & George also relied on "a little help from their friends" to peddle their wares as well.  We would've gotten a very different sounding 'John Lennon Plastic Ono Band' or 'All Things Must Pass' album had it not been for Ringo's excellent drumming on both albums.  Before any of you suggest that Ringo didn't do anything so special that it couldn't be copied, aside from the drum parts played one of the drummers key roles is to set the tempo for the song, a very underrated characteristic that if ever so slightly altered dramatically changes the results.  Think of how much different classics like 'Isn't It A Pity?' or 'God' would sound had another drummer come along and sped things up a bit, or dropped frequent fills throughout without regard for creating space for the others to shine.

 

George helping Ringo on 'It Don't Come Easy' isn't any different from him aiding Ringo along on 'Octopus' Garden'.  When you listen to George & Ringo working on 'Octopus' Garden' during the 'Get Back' sessions, it's pretty clear that Ringo had the melody & lyrics all ready while George's role was to give it some structure before applying the excellent lead guitar later on during the recording of 'Abbey Road'.  Think back to Paul's 'And I Love Her', yes another lovely McCartney melody, but what would the song be without George's exquisite playing throughout?  I don't recall anyone saying that George "helped in the writing" or that Paul "owed more to George Harrison".  If Ringo felt that George "helped in the writing" of 'It Don't Come Easy', he would've given him writing credit, as he did with the song 'Photograph'.  The version of the song floating around webland with a reference vocal from George is just that, a reference vocal, which could've been done for any number of reasons.  Just because you see Ringo drumming and singing at the same time on stage doesn't mean that that's how it was done in the studio.  Producers & Engineers strive for separation and would immediately advise against both being done simultaneously to avoid the vocals bleeding onto the drum track, George was likely isolated in a vocal booth and provided reference for the musicians so they knew where they were in the song for they never were very adept at writing things down.

 

Ringo deserves full credit on upstaging John, Paul & George during early 1971 when all four released their singles at this time.  John, Paul & George also employed producers, arrangers, session musicians, etc. for their respective singles here as well.  A great B-Side also makes a great single, and again, Ringo is the clear victor here.  Come to think of it, I don't even remember what the B-Sides to the others' singles even were!  'Early 1970' even made Ringo's compilation album, and for good reason, it genuinely IS one of his "Very Best", he even plays most of the instruments!  Ringo Starr was by far the most prolific Beatle here, it's not even close in my opinion...:-)

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