Friday, December 4, 2020

Ringo

Ringo's solo hit, "It Don’t Come Easy," a single-only release was the ex-Beatles' most significant offering as a songwriter, but it wouldn't be until 1973 that Apple released his first legitimate solo LP, simultaneously bringing The Beatles darn close to a reunion. The eponymous LP had each of the Fab Four on board, if not on the same tracks.

What's brilliant about Ringo albums is that they keep your mind off all things annoying: politics, Covid, the president. Ringo albums are like parties and we're all invited, and this is the best party of all. Lennon’s "I'm The Greatest," a contribution from John, features three ex-Beatles on one track. (Paul was supposed to be there too, but a wacky weed snafu kept him from getting a Visa into the U.S.) Easily his best LP, Ringo was produced by Richard Perry, who recruited a bevy of fine musicians to help with his record: Marc Bolan, The Band, Martha Reeves, members of Badfinger, Stephen Stills, Billy Preston, Klaus Voorman, Nicky Hopkins, and, you know, the other Fab Three. Harrison co-wrote and played on the closer, "You and Me (Babe)," and co-wrote Ringo's best song as a solo artist, "Photograph." McCartney provided "Six O'Clock." For me, this one LP is enough, but I’ll be the first to point out that it’s Ringo who had the longest-running streak of ex-B singles with seven. Ringo made it to No. 2 on the Billboard album charts, foiled by Elton John's masterpiece, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

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