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Classic Album Review: Ringo Starr | Ringo Rama

The fun-loving drummer makes it look easy (as usual) on his umpteenth studio set.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Say what you will about Ringo Starr, he knows how to have a good time.

This 12th proper studio effort from the most fun-loving Fab is an expectedly loose and laid-back affair, complete with all the expected amenities. There are the light-weight, light-hearted, pun-filled pop-rock throwaways like Missouri Loves Company, Instant Amnesia and I Think Therefore I Rock N Roll. There are the heavyweight guest stars and old drinking buddies like David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Van Dyke Parks and (via sampling) Roy Orbison, along with newer, casual acquaintances like Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson and even jazz bassist Charlie Haden, all of whom let their hair down and cut loose on these open-ended, jam-filled tracks. And most essential of all, there’s the host with the mostest, Ringo himself, holding court on his drum stool, laying down his rock-solid behind-the-beat grooves and unapologetically crooning in his instantly familiar Liverpudlian bray about love and the Queen and English gardens, making it all seem as simple as falling off a wagon. Who says it don’t come easy?


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