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Ringo-His Self-titled Debut
11 November 2010
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I wondered what people think about Ringo's Best Album IMO.
He gets lots of help from George,John and Paul.
So what do you guys and gals think?
Personally I like I'm The Greatest, Photograph, You're Sixteen, Sunshine Life For Me and Oh My My

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11 November 2010
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I've never heard the whole thing. I've been meaning to.

Btw, it wasn't his debut - Ringo was his third album, after Sentimental Journey and Beaucoups Of Blues.

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12 November 2010
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Joe said:

I've never heard the whole thing. I've been meaning to.

Btw, it wasn't his debut - Ringo was his third album, after Sentimental Journey and Beaucoups Of Blues.


I forgot about those two

but it was his first non-themed album

he later considered it his debut,btw

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12 November 2010
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It's no masterpiece, just a really enjoyable pop-rock LP with immaculate 70s production.

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12 November 2010
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I dont know whether this song is on there or not but, " No, no, no, no, I dont smoke it no more. I'm tired of waking up on the floor. No thank you please, it only makes me sneeze, then it makes it hard to find the door!"

I find this song awesome due to Ringo deciding to quit smoking. :D

Whik I approve of. a-hard-days-night-george-10

I don't know how you dont like this song Mr. Sun King Coming Together. >:-/

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12 November 2010
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It's on the sequel Goodnight Vienna
It's okay Prudence

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24 September 2013
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I think it is one of the better solo Beatles albums, I have loved it since the day it came out.  It also has a special place for me as about the closest we ever got to a Beatles reunion, Klaus, Billy and all.

Yes, I just got this one on CD this morning as well (thanks again to the Channel Islands), to join the 50 disc stack I have to catch up on :)

Which leads me to ask, as my Google skills can't seem to cope, can anyone point me at a "who's who" analysis of the cover?

24 September 2013
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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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24 September 2013
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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.

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24 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
I could go on all day about this album.  It's immensely enjoyable to me.

[SNIP]

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.

[SNIP]

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).

Must say I agree about "Sail Away", it gets a lot of flak but I really like it (and the whole album as noted).  So much so that I have just bought "Goodnight Vienna" as well :)

24 September 2013
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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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24 September 2013
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trcanberra, I'll have to check out Goodnight, Vienna one of these days...

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25 September 2013
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Funny Paper said
trcanberra, I'll have to check out Goodnight, Vienna one of these days...

Cheers - let us know what you think of it.  I had it on LP years ago and quite enjoyed it as well.  For me, not as much magic as "Ringo" but a lot of nice moments.  The CD looks like it has some nice bonus tracks too.

 

26 September 2013
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The only disc I own from Ringo is the 'best of' compilation. After reading the descriptions above, it appears I will have to (twist my arm!) visit Amazon and get this one as well.

Thanks, FP and trc for your recommendations.

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I'll echo everyone else...the "Ringo" album from '73 is just about perfect, loads of fun. You've got John and George playing and writing with him, and even Paul and Linda on another tune. Great album.

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26 September 2013
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Zig said
The only disc I own from Ringo is the 'best of' compilation. After reading the descriptions above, it appears I will have to (twist my arm!) visit Amazon and get this one as well.

Thanks, FP and trc for your recommendations.

mal-evans

Ooh, maybe the Ringo fan club will go from 28 members to 29 :)

The compilation (if it is the later "Photograph" one) has 4 of the tracks off Ringo on it, they will give you a good feel for the album.  If you don't particularly like those, then the rest of "Ringo" will not win you over; if you do - then go for it - it is a very consistent record.

 

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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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