Ringo Starr shares his redo wish list

Los Angeles Times - - POP & HISS - By Randy Lewis randy. lewis@ la­times. com

The 50th- an­niver­sary remix and deluxe reis­sue of the Bea­tles’ “Sgt. Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was greeted with al­most univer­sal ac­claim upon its re­lease in May.

Long ranked as one of the most revo­lu­tion­ary and inf lu­en­tial al­bums in rock his­tory, the “Sgt. Pep­per” reis­sue scored a per­fect 100 on Me­ta­critic. com’s ag­gre­gate re­view web­site for the way pro­ducer Giles Martin, son of the Bea­tles’ orig­i­nal pro­ducer, Ge­orge Martin, brought it son­i­cally into the 21st cen­tury with help from his friends at Abbey Road Stu­dios in Lon­don.

How did that re­ac­tion sit with Ringo Starr, one of the Bea­tles “prin­ci­pals” — along with Paul McCart­ney, Yoko Ono and Olivia Har­ri­son — whose unan­i­mous ap­proval is re­quired for such projects to be green- lighted?

“I’d like to do the White Al- bum,” Starr said re­cently, re­fer­ring to the 1968 dou­ble al­bum of­fi­cially ti­tled “The Bea­tles.” “I think Giles should redo that. I don’t know why not. And ‘ Abbey Road.’

“But I love the White Al­bum [ be­cause] we were back be­ing a band, even though emo­tion­ally it was a bit weird be­tween us for a while, and I left the band and came back, and Ge­orge had all those f low­ers — you know that story.

“One of the great im­ages to me to this day was the four of us, and the drums, tucked in a room that was like 8 feet by 8 feet or 8 feet by 10 feet, and we played ‘ Yer Blues’ to­gether,” he said. “We were back be­ing a band again, and so close.

“If you ever want to talk to me about the group, no mat­ter what was go­ing on, after the count- in, we all did our best,” he said. “No one said, ‘ That’s not my song.’ ”

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