Ringo Starr

Give More Love

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

Ringo – he was in The Bea­tles, y’know – in­tended this to be a coun­try al­bum, but he changed his mind and got into full-blown rock mode. Well, al­most. And the re­sults are pretty good.

He kicks off with a state­ment of in­tent, We’re On The Road Again, and sounds en­er­gised hav­ing Paul McCart­ney by his side, while gui­tarist Steve Lukather turns in a per­for­mance that would cer­tainly wake up the old folks’ home. Macca re­turns for the nos­tal­gic Show Me The Way, which is a bit gloopy, but Ringo doesn’t sound like he’s phoned-in the sin­cer­ity.

Fa­mous names abound: Peter Framp­ton and his talk­box, Ben­mont Tench, Dave Ste­wart – that level of dude. In­evitably they’re not rein­vent­ing the wheel, yet it’s still good to hear Ringo’s non-voice (heav­ily treated), and his drum­ming skills are undi­min­ished. Back Off Booga­loo and Pho­to­graph get rea­son­able makeovers with­out trou­bling the orig­i­nals, but there are sur­prises; You Can’t Fight Light­ning is played by Al­berta Cross and they pro­vide the al­bum’s best mo­ment.

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