tisdag 14 mars 2017


Ringo became Americas Beatle darling in the early seventies. While the other former members struggled with personal, politic or religious issues he stayed the uncomplicated happy-go-lucky guy everyone loved. That also reflected in the record sales there with two #1 and further six top ten singles on Billboard. At the time this collection was released two of those A-sides and four further B-sides were still non-LP, so it would have helped many Ringo-lovers and completists if they'd included all of those here. But for some reason apart from the A:s - "Back Off Boogaloo" and "It Don't Come Easy" - they only choosed one B-side - "Early 1970". And as the total playing time finally released was just about thirty minutes there would have been lots of space for the three missing B:s if anyone responsible had been awake. But in spite of that it's still a lovely album. Simple, happy and catchy, well produced and arranged. The songs themselves may be tagged as trifles, but the all over friendly atmosphere nails it anyway. Maybe some of that also has to do with the audio on this US press. So big and warm you just wanna stay there. Even a track like "No No Song" I never really cared about before grabs me when treated like this. After listening through the album now I'm just one big smile and no worries. Issued all over the world on vinyl, 8-track, cassette and CD through the years. First UK on Apple (PCS 7170), South African on Parlophone (PCSJ(D) 7170). Tried to find a CD or vinyl reissue containing the three missing B:s as bonus tracks, but no luck so far. Premiere UK had label as shown here and glossy cover with picture/lyric inner. (ÄPLÄ*) (BÄ*) (YZÄ*) (RYNX*)

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