Ringo Starr

Give More Love

(Universal)

Can’t let this year finish without catching up with this record – the latest from Ringo whose albums more and more reflect the fun and creativity he draws from working with the globe’s finest. Of course it’s an honour to work with the cat who played drums on Rain and Old Brown Shoe and our friend Steve Lukather was genuinely thrilled to be in on the sessions.

 

Things get going with We’re On The Road Again a fast-paced rocker with a vocal and lyric nodding to the late Chuck Berry. Steve’s Eastern guitar motif adds a Yardbirds vibe. Ringo sings well and sounds as if he is having a ball. The guitar solo is fleet and exciting. Did I mention that the band includes  Paul McCartney and Edgar Winter?

 

Laughable is mellow psych-pop and has not only Peter Frampton but Benmont Tench from The HeartBreakers and Timothy B Schmidt.The hypnotic guitar figures give a frisson of mystery and this is one excellent song. Next up is Show Me The Way being a co-write with Lukather and benefiting from that Macca bass. A pretty melodic slowie with Ringo singing well and handling the ascending progression with style and that emphatic drum touch. The lyric hinges on eventual redemption and the song has a captivating warmth about it. Fluid guitar decorates the arrangement.

 

Speed Of Sound has input from the great Richard Marx – about time you continued with the Hazard tale, matey – plus Lukather, Frampton and ace muso Nathan East all aboard. This one is almost a Creedence number in structure, insanely catchy as well. I can imagine this as a stage favourite. Standing Still is a joint composition with Gary Burr and is a dobro slide back porch moment that makes me think of Billy Swan. Tempting to sing along!

 

King Of The Kingdom features Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter It’s a gentle wah’d guitar reggae tune with a clear vocal from Starr. The delay on the sax is perfect. Pleasant enough.Electricity is not the Beefheart gem but a co-write with Glen Ballard and has Joe Walsh and Don Was in the ensemble. It has a fine bluesy confidence and provides a cool contrast to the other material. So Wrong For So Long goes all-out country, one of Ringo’s comfort zones of course. The ghost of Don Williams smiles down from above. Shake It Up jumps back to the style of Carl Perkins with Winter and Was rocking away in jukebox mode, delicious!

Title cut Give More Love is a laidback and haunting song that philosophises and a Glenn Campbell influence on the guitar. The message is simple and consistent with Starr’s enduring passion.

 

The disc then includes as extra’s a vintage unearthed recording of Back Off Boogaloo plus alternate versions of Don’t Pass Me By, Can’t Fight Lightning and Photograph.

 

A man who still enjoys making music doing just that with pals. The lead song is the cherry on the cake, for this reviewer.

Pete Sargeant

 



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(Thanks Asher)

Ringo Starr’s new album ‘Give More Love’ is out now on Universal.

For more information visit his official website here: http://bit.ly/2C5BmXx

Ringo Starr