Rotogravure

Ringo Starr
 
Rotogravure - Front cover Rotogravure - Rear Cover
Rotogravure - Front Cover Rotogravure - Rear Cover
Rotogravure - Gatefold Inner
Rotogravure - Gatefold Inner
Rotogravure - Inner Sleeve Front Rotogravure - Inner Sleeve Rear
Rotogravure - Inner Sleeve Front Rotogravure - Inner Sleeve Rear
Label Polydor
Catalogue No. 2302 040
3100 317 (cassette)
3801 180 (cartridge)
Release date 17th September 1976
Total time 34:25
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail : Did NOT Chart.
Detail : Ringo Starr's sixth album release, and first release for Polydor records.
Credited to Ringo Starr
Produced by Arif Mardin

Recording started in April 1976 at the Sunset Sound Studios in L.A. where, as well as the tracks below, three unreleased tracks are recorded, which are :
"Where Are You Going",
"All Right", and
"It's Hard To Be Lovers".
On June 12th John joined Ringo in the Cherokee Studios, Hollywood in what was he last official studio recording session until 4th August 1980 !
One week later on the 19th, Paul and Linda drop in to the same studios to add their piece on "Pure Gold".
Due to other engagements George fails to attend, and therefore on this album just three Beatles can be heard.

The record label is the standard red Polydor label, and in the run-out groove one can see a different Polydor catalogue number that has been etched out, which is 2310 473.
The sleeve also says, This sound recording was made by Wibble Records Ltd.

Cover design and art direction was by Kosh from an original idea by Ringo, and prepared by Andrew Ayers
The cover photography was by David Alexander, with the back cover photograph of the Apple offices, Saville Row door by Tommy Hanley. In fact, original copies of the album included a magnifying glass to examine the graffiti on the door ! ... and in fact, looking through mine amongst many names and fine quips, I can see on the left hand door pillar, half-way down, it says,
"GIVE JOHN A GREEN CARD OK
The remaining sleeve photography in the inner gatefold was by Mark Hanauer and David Alexander.

Finally, what is "Rotogravure" ?
Rotogravure process is an intaglio method of printing, meaning that the pictures, designs and words are engraved into the printing plate or printing cylinder. Acid is used to cut the images into the plate. Once the copy is photographed, positives are then made from the negatives. The images are transferred to the printing surface by use of carbon tissue covered with light-sensitive gelatin. The gelatin hardens based on the amount of light that passes through the positives. The plate or cylinder is then bathed in acid, which eats through the gelatin squares. On the printing press, the deepest cells retain the most ink and the darkest tones.

Thanks to all those who gave everything and took nothing.
Goodbye to all those who took everything and gave nothing.


Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
A Dose Of Rock 'n' Roll Grossman Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
John Lennon - Piano (uncredited on sleeve)
Peter Frampton - Guitar
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar
Jesse Ed Davis - Guitar
Klaus Voormann - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
Mac Rebennack - Keyboards
Melissa Manchester, Duitch Helmer, Joe Bean, Vini Poncia - Backing vocals
Randy Brecker, Alan Rubin - Trumpets
Michael Brecker, George Young - Tenor saxophones
Lewis Delgatto - Baritone saxophone
3:24
Hey Baby Cobb-Channel Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Lon Van Eaton - Guitar
Cooker Lo Presti - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
John Jarvis - Keyboards
The Mad Mauries - Background vocals, claps
Randy Brecker, Alan Young - Trumpets
Michael Brecker, George Young - Tenor saxophones
Lewis Delgatto - Baritone saxophone
3:10
Pure Gold McCartney Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Paul and Linda McCartney - Backing vocals
Lon Van Eaton - Guitar
Klaus Voormann - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
Jane Getz - Keyboards
John Jarvis - Keyboards
George Devens - Congas
Vini Poncia - Harmony vocal
Gene Orloff - Concert master for strings
3:14
Cryin' Poncia-Starkey Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Lon Van Eaton - Guitar
Cooker Lo Presti - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
John Jarvis - Piano
Sneaky Pete - Pedal steel
Arif Mardin - Electric piano
3:17
You Don't Know Me At All Jordan Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Lon Van Eaton - Guitar
Cooker Lo Presti - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
John Jarvis - Piano
Duitch Helmer, Vini Poncia - Backing vocals
Gene Orloff - Concert master for strings
3:15

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Cookin'
(In The Kitchen Of Love)
Lennon Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
John Lennon - Piano
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar
Will Lee - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
King Errisson - Percussion
Mac Rebennack - Guitar, organ
Melissa Manchester, Duitch Helmer - Backing vocals
3:40
I'll Still Love You Harrison This track written by George was originally entitled "When Every Song Is Sung". He recorded it several times, but never completed it.
Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Lon Van Eaton - Guitar
Klaus Voormann - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
Jane Getz - Piano
Arif Mardin - Arp string ensemble
David Lasley - Backing vocals
Gene Orloff - Concert master for strings
2:57
This Be Called A Song Clapton Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Eric Clapton - Guitar
Lon Van Eaton - Guitar
Klaus Voormann - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
Jane Getz - Piano
Melissa Manchester, Vini Poncia, Joe Bean - Backing vocals
Robert Greenidge - Steel drums
3:14
Las Brisas Andrews-Starkey
(Alphabetically)
A song co-written by Ringo and an american model that he was dating at the time. The Mariachi band were from his local Mexican restaurant.
Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, maracas
Los Galleros - The Mariachi Band
Vini Poncia - Backing vocals
3:33
Lady Gaye Poncia-Starkey-Ward Ringo Starr - Lead vocal, drums
Danny Kortchmar - Guitar
Jesse Ed Davis - Guitar
Klaus Voormann - Bass
Jim 'Lightnin' Keltner - Drums
Mac Rebennack - Keyboards
The 'Fab' Harry (Nilsson), David Lasley - Backing vocals
George Devens - Marimba
Michael Brecker, Lou Marini - Tenor saxophones
Lewis Delgatto - Baritone saxophone
Arif Mardin - String and horn arrangements
2:58
Spooky Wierdness * uncredited * An ad-libbed piece of musical mayhem recorded during the sessions. 1:25


Released Versions

First pressings (1976)
    2302 040 - Gatefold sleeve with lyric inner sleeve and free magnifying glass is worth about 20.
                          It is Deleted in 1979.

June 1982 - Re-released under a cheaper catalogue number code 2485 235 (+ 3201 743 cassette).

C.D.

No C.D. release in the U.K.


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