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Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
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After an absence of several years (1983's Old Wave had been his last release to date), Ringo surprised everyone by hitting the road for a series of sold-out U.S. concert dates in 1989 and 1990. Keeping with the "With a Lit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Title: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 10/8/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014431019029, 014431019043, 077779537228, 114431019019, 114431019040

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After an absence of several years (1983's Old Wave had been his last release to date), Ringo surprised everyone by hitting the road for a series of sold-out U.S. concert dates in 1989 and 1990. Keeping with the "With a Little Help from My Friends" aesthetic that produced Ringo's best solo work, the All-Starr Band tour featured appearances by Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Clarence Clemons, Billy Preston, Nils Lofgren, Jim Keltner, and Rick Danko and Levon Helm of the Band. This enjoyable live document does a solid job of capturing the tour's jam-party atmosphere, with most of the guests trading turns at the microphone; Lofgren's wistful "Shine Silently," and Helm and Danko's soulful rendition of "The Weight" are worth the price of admission in themselves. Ringo alternates his biggest solo hits with some well-chosen oldies and generally sounds like he's having the time of his life. --Dan Epstein

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A Great Collection of Oldies -Plus!
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 04/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ringo Starr began his legendary "All-Starr Tour" with this collection. It encompasses a great group of individuals that have done enormously well in the past and continue the legacy with these songs - backing eachother all the way. Levon Helms holds the best with "The Weight", Joe Walsh sets forth with "Life In The Fast Lane" and Nils Lofgren does beautfully with his always 'live' version of "Shine Silently". Ringo, of course has his staples here as well. If this doesn't sound good enough, consider buying the "Anthology" collection with three discs (this one included) that comprise the rest of three concerts and dozens more of guest stars."
A pretty screwy live disc, but passably entertaining
TheBandit | SEA-TAC | 11/01/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not sure this live disc really deserves 3 stars, probably more like 2 or 2 1/2. I guess I just feel generous because I bought this album the day it was released back in 1990 and I still occasionally listen to it. But really, its really only of interest to Beatles' completists-- of which there are many. The reason I say its a screwy disc is because of the 12 cuts, less than half are sung by the main attraction: Ringo. Nobody is buying this for Nils Lofgren's "Shine Silently", if you know what I mean. They're buying it for Ringo, and out of the five songs he sings, not one of them is a Beatles' tune. Yes, a couple were recorded with the Beatles, but his biggies aren't here. Save your money for the all-Ringo VH-1 Storytellers."
Ringo gets by with a little help from his All-Starr Band
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One day, six years after making his previous album, Ringo Starr decided to spend a couple of months on tour. "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends" has always been the most identifiable song for Ringo from the days of the Beatles and remained a central philosophy of his recording and performing career after the Fab Four imploded. Consequently, Ringo hit the road with what proved to be the first of several "All-Starr" bands. The title is not even close to being hyperbole since you start with Joe Walsh (The James Gang and the Eagles) and Nils Lofgren (Crazy Horse and the E Street Band) on guitar and Billy Preston and Dr. John on keyboards. Ringo does not even have to play the drums because you have Jim Keltner (The Attitudes) and Leveon Helm (The Band) for that, Rick Danko (The Band) on bass guitar, and Clarence Clemons (E Street Band) wailing on sax. Clearly a good time would be had by all and at the end of the tour the last concert at the Greek Theater in L.A. was recorded, resulting in this 1989 album.It is not that there is a preference for wanting to hear Ringo sings his hits songs live as opposed to the standard studio recordings that made the charts. Ringo starts with "It Don't Come Easy" and ends with "Photograph" (appropriately), with "The No-No Song" and "You're Sixteen" in between. The only "Beatles" song is "Honey Don't," which was written by Carl Perkins and you can make what significance of that you will. Consequently Ringo does less than half the songs on the album, with everybody but Keltner taking a turn out in front on a song. Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles" and Walsh's "Life in the Fast Lane" are the recognizable hits, so it is not surprising that it is the more unfamiliar tunes, such as Nils Lofgren's "Shine Silently" and Rick Danko's cover of Buddy Holly's "Raining In My Heart" that stand out. The recordings are not as clear as you would like but this is offset by the great sense of fun. "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band" is not a great concert album, but they certainly had fun and if you have an enduring affection for Ringo and his eclectic little collection of hits then you could have some fun listening to this one as well."