Stop & Smell the Roses

Stop & Smell the Roses

by Ringo StarrRingo Starr

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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The idea, back in 1980, was to resurrect Ringo Starr's recording career by the same method that it had been launched with the Ringo album in 1973 -- by having his fellow Beatles and other well-known friends help out. John Lennon was working on a song called "Nobody Told Me," and George Harrison had one ready to go. Then Lennon was murdered in December. His Ringo song languished (his own version would be released in 1984), while Harrison took his tune back and rewrote the lyrics for what became his own hit, "All Those Years Ago." Then Ringo's label, Portrait, lacked enthusiasm for the album, and he moved on to Boardwalk. Finally released as Boardwalk 33246, Stop and Smell the Roses was Ringo's strongest and most effervescent album since Goodnight Vienna, containing two good songs by Paul McCartney and one by George Harrison -- "Wrack My Brain," which became Ringo's final Top 40 hit -- along with music by Harry Nilsson, Ron Wood, and Stephen Stills. Long out of print, Stop and Smell the Roses reappeared on Capitol's The Right Stuff reissue label on September 6, 1994, with six bonus tracks, reflecting the changes made in the album from its original, unreleased version, that increased the album's length by nearly 70 percent and demonstrated that the later song selection was better.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/11/2012
Label: Boardwalk Ent Co
UPC: 0079123324614
catalogNumber: 33246
Rank: 21214


  1. Private Property
  2. Wrack My Brain
  3. Drumming Is My Madness
  4. Attention
  5. Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses
  6. Dead Giveaway
  7. You Belong to Me
  8. Sure to Fall (In Love With You)
  9. You've Got a Nice Way
  10. Back off Boogaloo
  11. Wake Up
  12. Red and Black Blues
  13. Brandy
  14. Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses
  15. You Can't Fight Lightning
  16. Hand Gun Promos

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ringo Starr   Primary Artist,Percussion,Drums,Vocals
George Harrison   Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul McCartney   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Harry Nilsson   Background Vocals
Steve Stills   Guitar
Greg Mathieson   Piano,Background Vocals
Joe Sample   Piano
Cooper   Piano,Electric Guitar
Mike Finnigan   Organ,Piano
Herbie Flowers   Bass,Tuba
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Baritone Saxophone
Jane Getz   Piano
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Howie Casey   Saxophone
Ray Cooper   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Background Vocals
Wilton Felder   Bass,Guitar
Jerry Jumonville   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Lala   Percussion
Linda McCartney   Background Vocals
Bruce Paulson   Trombone
Rick Riccio   Flute,Background Vocals
Michael Stergis   Rhythm Guitar
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Richie Zito   Guitar
Sheila Casey   Background Vocals
Lezlee Livrano Pariser   Background Vocals
Harley Thompson   Bass
Lee Thronburg   Trumpet
Lawrence Tuber   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ton Wood   Bass,Guitar,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Carl Perkins   Composer
Ringo Starr   Composer
Cooper   Contributor
Pee Wee King   Composer
Redd Stewart   Composer
Bill Cantrell   Composer
Quinton Claunch   Composer
Chilton Price   Composer

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