Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr

Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr

by Ringo StarrRingo Starr


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Hard as it is to believe but there has not been a proper Ringo Starr hits collection since the first, 1975's Blast from Your Past -- that's not counting 1989's Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2, which was designed as a companion to that earlier set -- until 2007's Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr. Blast from Your Past was released just five years after his debut, Sentimental Journey, but it ignored that collection of pop standards, along with much of its country cousin Beaucoups of Blues, winding up as a collection of highlights of 1973's Ringo and 1974's Goodnight Vienna, with a few non-LP hit singles rounded up within the LP's tight ten-track, 30-minute span. Ringo kept recording after Blast, working his way through several labels and ill-advised phases before settling into a nice, easy groove with 1993's Time Takes Time, but he stopped having hits not long after 1975, after the Elton John/Bernie Taupin "Snookeroo" climbed all the way to number three, capping off a remarkable streak of seven Top Ten singles. After that, the crash was fast: "Oo-Wee" was pulled off of Vienna and stalled at 31, then there was just one more hit -- "A Dose of Rock & Roll," peaking at 26 in 1976 -- before a five-year wait until the George Harrison-written "Wrack My Brain" limped to 38 in 1981 before Ringo disappeared from the charts. His '90s comeback may have never dented Billboard, but it is represented on the 20-track Photograph, which also contains all the aforementioned singles (apart from "Oo-Wee," no great loss) and the entirety of Blast from Your Past, albeit presented in a different running order. This doesn't just make for a compilation that's longer than the 1975 set, it makes for one that's better, since it adds the terrific "(It's All Down to) Good Night Vienna" to the mix, along with the amiable 1976 cover of Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby," a duet with Buck Owens on "Act Naturally" from 1989, and a well-chosen selection from each of Time Takes Time, 1998's Vertical Man, 2003's Ringorama, and 2005's Choose Love. This may not hit all the great stuff from the early '70s -- after all, the whole of Ringo is exceptionally strong -- but it does cut out all the real embarrassing stuff from the late '70s and just concentrates on the good latter-day material that holds its own with the best of his '70s hits. Far from merely being songs that are good when graded on a curve, these hits have aged really well, especially his originals: "It Don't Come Easy," the thundering glam rocker "Back Off Boogaloo," the cheerfully post-Beatles autobiography of "Early 1970" and "Photograph," his gorgeous collaboration with George, which lends this comp its title and ranks as among the very best post-Beatles songs by any of the Fab Four. That tune proves Ringo could deliver music every bit as memorable as his colleagues and much of this excellent, long overdue compilation is at a similar high standard. [Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr also includes entertaining track-by-track commentary from Ringo and was also released in a deluxe edition that contains a wonderful DVD with the videos for "Sentimental Journey," "It Don't Come Easy," "Back Off Boogaloo," "You're Sixteen," "Only You (And You Alone)" (which also features Harry Nilsson), and "Act Naturally," along with an ad for Goodnight Vienna.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2007
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094639382729
catalogNumber: 93827
Rank: 6035

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ringo Starr   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Bill Lloyd   Guitar
Buck Owens   Vocals
Steve Cropper   Electric Guitar
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Elton John   Piano
Jordanaires   Background Vocals
Kooper   Piano,Electric Guitar
John Lennon   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocal Harmony
Melissa Manchester   Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Soloist,Mouth Sax
Harry Nilsson   Background Vocals
Billy Preston   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Steve Stills   Guitar
Gary Wright   Piano,Keyboards
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Soloist
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Madeline Bell   Background Vocals
Lesley Duncan   Background Vocals
Herbie Flowers   Bass,Tuba
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Gary Burr   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim McCarty   Drums
Joe Bean   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Keyboards
Blackberries   Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Jimmy Calvert   Acoustic Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Soloist
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Ray Cooper   Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals,Vocoder
Jim Cox   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Steve Dudas   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
Gary Grant   Horn
Pete Ham   Background Vocals
Dan Higgins   Horn
Mark Hudson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Mellotron
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Bobby Keys   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Linda Lawrence   Background Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Horn
Steve Madaio   Horn
Gary Nicholson   Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Vini Poncia   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Cooker Lo Presti   Bass
Martha Reeves   Background Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Jim Shaw   Piano
Doyle Curtsinger   Bass
Andy Sturmer   Background Vocals
Derrek Van Eaton   Percussion
Klaus Voormann   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Saxophone
Alan Young   Trumpet
Reggie Young   Guitar
Chuck Finley   Horn
Dr. John   Keyboards
Lon Van Eaton   Guitar,Percussion,Horn
Mad Mauries   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Masst Alberts   Background Vocals
Terry Christoffersen   Guitar
Lew Del Gatto   Baritone Saxophone
Roger Manning   Background Vocals
Mark Mirando   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Hoyt Axton   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Elton John   Composer
John Lennon   Composer,Inspiration
Jeff Lynne   Producer
Ringo Starr   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Quincy Jones   Author
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Bruce Channel   Composer
Pete Drake   Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Buck Ram   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer
Buzz Rabin   Composer
Jim Cox   Horn Arrangements
Jerry Crutchfield   Producer
Steve Dudas   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Mark Hudson   Composer,Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Vini Poncia   Composer
Graham Preskett   String Arrangements
Jim Shaw   Producer
Richard M. Sherman   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Don Was   Producer
David Wild   Interviewer
Carl Groszman   Composer
Tom Recchion   Art Direction
Brian ODoherty   Composer
Margaret Cobb   Composer
Fred Velez   Composer
Bob Sherman   Composer
Voni Morrison   Composer
Ande Rand   Composer

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