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Ringo the 4th
Ringo Starr
Ringo the 4th
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
In 1977, at the height of the British punk movement, the former drummer of England's greatest band released Ringo the 4th, a dinosaur-rock artifact if there ever was one. "Drowning in the Sea of Love" was the album's lead-...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ringo Starr
Title: Ringo the 4th
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/1977
Re-Release Date: 8/18/1992
Genres: Pop, Rock
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678241628, 075678241642, 075678241628

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In 1977, at the height of the British punk movement, the former drummer of England's greatest band released Ringo the 4th, a dinosaur-rock artifact if there ever was one. "Drowning in the Sea of Love" was the album's lead-off single, but drowning in a sea of L.A. session cats is more like it. Severely overproduced by Arif Mardin, the album pits Ringo's old brown shoe of a voice against a phalanx of backing singers (including Bette Midler, Luther Vandross, and Melissa Manchester) and a hyperactive horn section. Without any Beatle mates to bail him out, the songs are almost uniformly dire, though the cover of "Sneaking Sally Through the Alley" almost works. The album (which failed to chart on either side of the Atlantic) produced no hits whatsoever; at this point, Ringo's career and personal life were rapidly spiraling out of control, and the glory days of the Fab Four seemed very far away, indeed. --Dan Epstein

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Reviewed on 3/3/2007...
unopened, however, shrink wrap is off

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Not a masterpiece, but sure better than most of the '77 LPs
Leonardo A. C. Alencar | Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil | 07/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Is "Ringo The Fouth" one of Ringo's best albums? Not at all,I agree. But if you compare it with all the albums released at its time you'll certainly be sure that this album IS really good. When Ringo recorded it, he certainly was not wanting to make a masterpiece, a new "Sgt Pepper" or "Rubber Soul". He was just having fun. This album was produced by Arif Mardin, one of the "kings" of disco music. Arif convinced Ringo to try new sounds. I think that Ringo (with his then partner Vinnie Poncia, later producer for Kiss) bothered so much with the instrumentation (excellent) and forgot the melodies. Some of the songs are "not whistful" and forgettable, although perfectly performed, but there are good moments. But the most interesting thing about "Ringo The Fourth" is that the best song Ringo recorded for the album was not included in it!...The song was called "Just a Dream" and appeared only as the b-side of "Wings" (and later as the b-side of "Drowning in the sea of love"). If you listened to this song you'd love it and I'm sure that if "Just a Dream" was released on the album and as the A-side of the single, the history of this album would be different. It has a great melody and the taste of the disco era. It could be a serious hit, but how could we understand the artists' mind??? Atlantic, please re-release "Ringo the Fourth" with "Just a Dream" as a bonus track!"
Drowning in the Sea of Bombs
Brian Weaver | 06/17/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Let me just say first and foremost: I think Ringo is very underappreciated but this album does not do Ringo justice. Ringo the 4th was the 2nd album in his triple threat of bombs before he released the excellent Stop and Smell the Roses in 1981.

I bought this album bundled with Ringo's Rotogravure and I can say about the only song on the 4th that I actually liked was "Drowning in the Sea of Love". Other than that, every other song is worse than the last one.

It almost hurts to give a Ringo album one star because he is a truly talented musician...but like I said, this album does Ringo no justice and should be avoided like the plague.

Pick up "Ringo", "Goodnight Vienna" or "Stop and Smell the Roses" instead."