Release Date: Sep 15, 2017
Record label: Universal
Jah bless Richard Starkey, rock's mischievously minimalist id and Eternal-Optimist Emeritus, creative instincts forever stripping things back to their playfully swinging 4/4 peace'n'love-loving core. His umpteenth solo set is a well-timed all-star candygram. Paul McCartney kicks in basslines and Beatles screams on the hilarious war cry "We're on the Road Again," while "King of the Kingdom" is a giddily genteel reggae invitation to "sing praises for Haile Selassie." Ringo caps it all with re-imagined faves, including a charming "Don't Pass Me By" cut with Kentucky indie-folkies Vandaveer that ends with an reprise of "Octopus' Garden" .
Ringo – he was in The Beatles, y’know – intended this to be a country album, but he changed his mind and got into full-blown rock mode. Well, almost. And the results are pretty good. He kicks off with a statement of intent, We’re On The Road Again, and sounds energised having Paul McCartney by his side, while guitarist Steve Lukather turns in a performance that would certainly wake up the old folks’ home.
Few other superstar artists have taken advantage of the many doors that open up to them with as much enthusiasm as Ringo Starr. As a Beatle, he’s got fuck-you money for days. So why not indulge in an album of jazz standards (1970.