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Albums Of The Week: Ringo Starr | Change The World EP

Another dose of peace-and-love positivity from the ex-Beatle and his VIP pals.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Ringo Starr’s four-track EP Change The World was recorded at his Roccabella West studio — the same place he made March’s Zoom In EP —and features frequent and new collaborators, creating songs that span the spectrum of pop, country, reggae and rock ’n’ roll.

Ringo comments, “I’ve been saying I only want to release EPs at this point and this is the next one. What a blessing it’s been during this year to have a studio here at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians, some I’ve worked with before and some new friends.”

The lead single Let’s Change The World delivers a welcome dose of hope and Starr’s trademark optimism. The song was written by Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather, both of whom also played on the track with backing vocals by Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine and Darryl Phinnessee.

Just That Way was written and performed by Ringo and his longtime engineer Bruce Sugar, and it carries on the reggae vibe from Zoom In’s Waiting For The Tides to Turn with Tony Chen returning on guitar, joined by Fully Fullwood on bass and Ed Roth on Hammond B3 with Zelma and Zho Davis on backing vocals.

Coming Undone is Starr’s first collaboration with Linda Perry, who wrote and plays on the track also featuring Trombone Shorty. Everyone can relate to having had moments of coming undone, and the tender, melodic country sounds coupled with Ringo’s warm voice offer a welcome reprieve.

For the final number, Ringo rocks his own version of Rock Around The Clock, revved up by the unmistakable licks of Joe Walsh on guitar. They are joined by Nathan East on upright bass, Bruce Sugar on piano and Amy Keys and Windy Wagner on backing vocals.”