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Ringo (1973 album)
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I could go on all day about this album.  It's immensely enjoyable to me.

I'm the Greatest is a wonderfully clever song by John, both in lyrics, and in chords and riffs -- I especially like that blues bass riff based on D7 that reverts suddenly back to the B7 of the beginning; then later slides instead back into itself, then slides into E7, then transforms into an ingenious riff on half steps from E down to Bb to revert back into B7 again.

Six O'Clock in the Morning is one of those songs by Paul that most everyone belittles him for -- a "soft" and "sappy" pop song; but what they all forget is that it's a good song, for Pete's sake; I mean, what the f#@(*$ is wrong with something being pretty for f#*@(&$ sake!?  (God sometimes I hate young people -- and middle-aged people trying to be young -- and their fanatical cult of "cool" ...!) And I also like Paul's use of a "squishy" synthesizer sound in this one.

Photograph -- don't get me started.  A beautiful song with classic features.  Easily on the level of good Beatles songs.  And a songwriting collaboration of Ringo with George.

Sail Away Raymond -- my favorite Harrison song of all time.  A deceptively non-sequiturish cul-de-sac of a little curio, but actually quite deep in its own right, and delightful in its country twang instrumentation.

Sweet Sixteen -- Good God, all four Beatles going to town on a 50s rock classic -- what's not to love?  And by the way, their effortless lark here improves that classic immeasurably. (Also, Harry Nilsson's bass voice is as devilish a touch as is Paul's "mouth sax solo" that I swear sounds like a kazoo.)

Step Lightly -- An exquisitely cool and understated song with very slick instrumentation using the Fender Rhodes electric piano and a couple of smooth and juicy clarinets (a sadly underused instrument in pop/rock in general), along with Klaus Voormann doing some excellently sharp electric bass playing; and the pièce de résistance: Ringo actually tap-dancing on mike! -- for which the only word I can think of is perfectissimo.

The few other songs left I like, but not wildly.  Oh My My is infectious, and You and Me Babe has its charm (especially as it fades out and Ringo gets into a sing-song mode of farewell reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper's).

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Sweet Sixteen -- Good
God, all four Beatles going to town on a 50s rock classic -- what's not to love?  And by the way, their effortless lark here improves that classic immeasurably. (Also, Harry Nilsson's bass voice is as devilish a touch as is Paul's "mouth sax solo" that I swear sounds like a kazoo.)

You're Sixteen - "all four Beatles going to town on a 50s rock classic"? I know Paul's contribution to the song, but what do John and George do on it? So far as I know, neither of them appear on this track. I'm the Greatest would not be hailed as the nearest we got to a Beatles reunion if another track on the same album was a Beatles reunion.

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Funny Paper said
Sweet Sixteen -- Good
God, all four Beatles going to town on a 50s rock classic -- what's not to love?  And by the way, their effortless lark here improves that classic immeasurably. (Also, Harry Nilsson's bass voice is as devilish a touch as is Paul's "mouth sax solo" that I swear sounds like a kazoo.)

You're Sixteen - "all four Beatles going to town on a 50s rock classic"? I know Paul's contribution to the song, but what do John and George do on it? So far as I know, neither of them appear on this track. I'm the Greatest would not be hailed as the nearest we got to a Beatles reunion if another track on the same album was a Beatles reunion.

Quite right -- my memory was conflating things.  The album in its entirety was hailed as a "reunion" but one that has to be pieced together from song to song -- at least all four are on the same album.

I do like also that devilish twist on the traditional lyric of "You're Sixteen" (not sure if Ringo is responsible for this glint of genius):

She walked out of my dreams,

and into my car...

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Just a P.S.:  I think Ringo is a good singer, and this album showcases him as a singer. Singing isn't just about pyrotechnics; it's also about style and tone.  Ringo's tone of voice is quite charming and relaxing, and there's nobody who sings quite like him.  Sure, he may have a limited range of types of song suited to him, but the ones that do fit him well are great.

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@carlose01, I moved your question over here. I re-titled the thread to make it more accurate.

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