Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr's new CD, "Ringo Rama" is a musical roller coaster ride that will rock you and then subdue you. Right from the beginning "Eye To Eye" sets the beat for what is to follow. The Beatlesque "Missouri Loves Company" will bring you back to an early era of Ringo's life. The opening bars and refrains of "Instant Amnesia" sound faintly reminiscent of Lennon's "Instant Karma." A handful of tracks o­n this album conjure up memories of other Beatle or Beatle alumni creations. For instance "English Garden" sounds remarkably like Paul McCartney's "Let Em In" and "Never Without You" is an obvious ode to George Harrison, with guitar hooks that remind us of Harrison's style. Unlike the Paul McCartney / Lennon composition controversy, Starr's flower child ego can handle taking a back seat to Hudson, as the credits read Hudson / Starr. This enjoyable album includes: Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Charlie Haden, Shawn Colvin and David Gilmore. Obviously Starr is still having fun at the ripe young age of 62 and it's contagious.

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