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Ringo Starr 2012 [album]

Ringo Starr: 2012 “The fabulous Ringo Starr was the
  drummer of one of the most legendary
  bands in history and he is marking the
  50th anniversary of his musical career
  that started with The Beatles (16 August
  1962) by releasing a fantastic new
  album — 2012
...”

FOLLOWING WELL-DESERVED ACCLAIM both during and after his time with The Beatles, the lovable, witty and quirky Ringo Starr releases his 50th anniversary missive: a fabulous classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll-inspired album called, simply, 2012.

Described as being an album with "real warmth and exceptional musicianship", 2012 is a timeless, distinctive, enjoyable venture into the eclectic world of music.

2012
an amazing and
enjoyable collection
of music from
accomplished and
respected artiste
Ringo Starr”
— Maggie Woods
Kicking off with the foot-stomping, Sixties/Seventies style Anthem, penned by Richard Starkey (Ringo!) and Glen Ballard, the album is yet another great step in the important role that Ringo continues to play in modern music with his solo recording and touring.

Rolling Stone rock critic David Wild wrote: "Ultimately what's most impressive about Ringo Starr isn't what he's been, but rather who he is: the man's great heart and soul; his wit and wisdom." Ironically, the story of Ringo's evolution from Beatles' drummer to successful solo artist is still best told from the very beginning.

As both Beatle and solo artiste, Ringo excels. His music is infused with his strong personality, warm disposition and his humour.

His exceptional musicianship produces songs that are known and loved, including: With A Little Help From My Friends, Don't Pass Me By, Octopus Garden, Photograph, It Don't Come Easy, Back Off Boogaloo, You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine), Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go, The No No Song and Never Without You.

From the moment Ringo joined The Beatles in the Sixties, he has been one of the world's prominent musical talents. Having enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, a songwriter, a drummer, an active musical collaborator and an actor, Ringo has raised his profile by whetting the appetites of his fans with consistently good fare including his latest album.

Ringo Starr's 2012 benefits from a variety of guest performances, including Dave Stewart, Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Don Was, Van Dyke Parks and Edgar Winter. Each track has an individual appeal and we were particularly struck by Slow Down, which should be a mantra for today's busy world.

The interesting treatment of Wings has shades of the great Leonard Cohen and Think It Over is Ringo's creditable cover version of a song written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. Changing tempo, the lovely Samba has a terrific Vaudeville Twenties feel this, along with Slow Down, was another one of our favourites.

The excellent Wonderful, with its pretty harmonies and the remarkable In Liverpool are both highlights of 2012, which is an amazing and enjoyable collection of music from accomplished and respected artiste Ringo Starr, who also produced the album.

Ringo Starr's new album 2012 is out on 30 January, 2012.

Tracklisting

1 Anthem (Richard Starkey/Glen Ballard) | 2 Wings (Richard Starkey/Vince Poncia) |
3 Think It Over (Buddy Holly/Norman Petty) | 4 Samba (Richard Starkey/Van Dyke Parks) | 5 Rock Island Line (Arrangement by Richard Starkey) | 6 Step Lightly (Richard Starkey) |
7 Wonderful (Richard Starkey/Gary Nicholson) | 8 In Liverpool (Richard Starkey/Dave Stewart) | 9 Slow Down (Richard Starkey/Joe Walsh).

"2012 an amazing and enjoyable collection of music from accomplished and respected artiste Ringo Starr" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar

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