Ringo Starr — Postcards from Paradise

Ringo Starr — Postcards from Paradise (March 31, 2015)

              Ringo Starr — Postcards from Paradise Ringo Starr — Postcards from Paradise
ψ   Charismatic Beatles drummer who pursued a surprisingly rich and successful solo career.
Born: July 7, 1940 in Madryn Street, Dingle ~~ 10 Admiral Grove, Dingle, Liverpool, England
Location: Cranleigh, Surrey; Los Angeles, California and Monte Carlo, Monaco
Album release: March 31, 2015
Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises/UMe
Duration:     44:04
Tracks:
01 Rory And The Hurricanes     4:11  
02 You Bring The Party Down     3:42
03 Bridges     5:01
04 Postcards From Paradise     5:19
05 Right Side Of The Road     3:12
06 Not Looking Back     3:50
07 Bamboula     3:21
08 Island In The Sun     4:02
09 Touch And Go     3:36
10 Confirmation     3:38
11 Let Love Lead     4:12
Writers:
♠   Richard Starkey, Todd Rundgren     4
♠   Starkey, Richard Marx     5
♠   Starkey, Rundgren, Richard Page, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette     8
♠   Starkey, Gary Burr     9
♠   Starkey, Glen Ballard     10
Producer: Ringo Starr
Musicians:
♠   Ringo Starr — lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards
♠   Steve Lukather — guitar
♠   Todd Rundgren — guitar
♠   Amy Keys — vocals
♠   Gregg Rolie — keyboards
♠   Joe Walsh — guitar
♠   Benmont Tench — keyboards
♠   Warren Ham — saxophone
♠   Richard Page — bass guitar
♠   Gregg Bissonette — drums
♠   Richard Marx — keyboards
♠   Peter Frampton — guitar
♠   Dave Stewart — guitar
♠   Nathan East — bass guitar
♠   Glen Ballard — keyboards
Editorial Reviews
♠   Ringo Starr's 18th studio release, POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE, includes 11 original tracks and is the first to include a song written and recorded by Ringo Starr and his current All Starr Band — Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Wally Palmer and Gregg Bissonette. POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE was produced by Ringo and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles and, as always, features friends and family. As Ringo often says, 'If I am recording and you're in town and drop by, you're going to be on the record!' The album's guest artists include: Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Dave Stewart, Ann Marie Simpson, Richard Marx, Amy Keys, Peter Frampton, Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine; Score: ****
♠   Paul McCartney creates a splash whenever he releases a new album, but Ringo Starr stays a bit on the sidelines, cranking out records and tours to a smaller, dedicated audience. Starr is under no delusion that he might suddenly have a Top 10 smash: he’s happy to be a working musician, which is all he ever wanted to be. After all, he was a working musician before he was a Beatle, a beginning he celebrates on “Rory & the Hurricanes,” the opening track of Postcards from Paradise, his 18th studio solo album. “Rory & the Hurricanes” is part of a long line of latter–day autobiographical tunes from Ringo, and that’s not the only similarity Postcards from Paradise shares with the records Starr has made in the new millennium. Like anything from Choose Love on, Postcards is pleasingly low–stakes, studded with fond memories and sunny odes to peace and love, but unlike Y Not and Ringo 2012 — two amiable records that threatened to drift away on their own good cheer — this 2015 album is anchored on some sturdy craft, much of it coming from the mid–2010s incarnation of the All–Starr Band. The whole gang — Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham — kicks in on “Island in the Sun,” but Lukather and Rundgren each get their own session with Starr, providing a foundation that is just different enough from new millennium Ringo records and setting off good contributions from the returning David Stewart, Joe Walsh, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Burr, Glen Ballard, and Gary Nicholson. Ever since he split with Mark Hudson — sometime during the making of 2008’s Liverpool 8 — this has been Starr’s running crew, and while none of them deliver something out of the ordinary (apart from Marx’s reggae number “Right Side of the Road”), the record veers closer to the woozy good times of Goodnight Vienna than the going–through–the–motions shrug of Y Not. Part of this is material — it’s fun to hear Ringo lay into “into the low–key soul groove of “Confirmation” — but Starr’s production is bolder than before, allowing a bit of blood into the production. Plus, he doesn’t shy away from being a bit of a goofball, either when he’s romanticizing Rory & the Hurricanes or working with Rundgren to stitch together Beatles song titles into a bit of cheeky psychedelia, and that proud silliness and sentimentality have always been a key to Ringo’s appeal. He makes no bones that he’s here for a good time, and the appealing thing about Postcards from Paradise is that it’s as much fun to hear as it must’ve been to make.
Also:
BY NICK DERISO, MARCH 6, 2015
:: http://somethingelsereviews.com/2015/03/06/ringo-starr-postcards-from-paradise-song-review/
Website: http://www.ringostarr.com/
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