Ringo The 4th

Ringo Starr
 
Ringo The 4th - Front cover Ringo The 4th - Rear Cover
Ringo The 4th - Front Cover Ringo The 4th - Rear Cover
Ringo The 4th - Inner Sleeve Front Ringo The 4th - Inner Sleeve Rear
Ringo The 4th - Inner Sleeve Front Ringo The 4th - Inner Sleeve Rear
Label Polydor
Catalogue No. 2310 556
Release date 20th September 1977
Total time 38:07
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail : Did NOT Chart.
Detail : Ringo Starr's sixth album release, and second for Polydor.
Credited to Ringo Starr
Produced by Arif Mardin.
Engineered by Lew Hahn.
Personnel (on most tracks) :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
David Spinozza - Lead guitar
Steve Gadd - Drums
Jeff Mironov and/or John Tropea - Guitars
Tony Levin - Bass
Don Grolnick - Keyboards
Ken Bischel - Synthesiser
Don Brooks - Harmonica
Randy Brecker - Trumpet
Michael Breacker - Tenor saxophone
Among others on backing vocals are : Vini Poncia, Jimmy Gilstrap, Luther Vandross, Bette Midler and Melissa Manchester.

"Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" features :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Steve Gadd - Drums
Cornell Dupree and Lon Van Eaton - Guitars
Chuck Rainey - Bass
Nick Marrero - Percussion
Richard Tee - Electric piano, clavinet
David Foster - Clarinet

"Gypsies In Flight" features :
Ringo - Lead vocals, snare drum and brush
David Bromberg - Electric guitar
Dick Fegy - Acoustic guitar
Hugh McDonald - Bass
Jeff Gutcheon - Electric piano

"Simple Love Song" features :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Danny Kortchmar and Lon Van Eaton - Guitars
Chuck Rainey - Bass
David Foster - Piano, keyboards

Clearly Ringo thought that Ringo was his first true album, as he decided to call this his "4th". But unlike the previous three this carried no contribution from the other Beatles, and the majority of songs were written by himself with the help of Vini Poncia. Also other than a few star name backing vocalists, this release didn`t feature a host of guest celebrity musicians. With the Atlantic influence, Arif attempted to turn Ringo into an R'n'B/disco singer, but the lack of a chart entry in England, and it's lowly no.162 peak in the States showed what the public felt about it.

The album was recorded at the Atlantic Studios in New York in June 1977 and at the Cherokee Studios, L.A. As well as the tracks issued below, the B-side of the first single released to preview the album (Drowning In The Sea Of Love) includes one track not on the album, "Just A Dream". Other unreleased tracks recorded during these sessions are :
"By Your Side", "Birmingham", "The Party" and an alternate version of "Just A Dream",
Plus, a couple of private recordings inspired by his current girlfriend Nancy Andrews with the working titles of :
"Nancy, Ringo, Vini and Friends" and "Duet - Nancy and Ringo".

The album cover was designed by John Kosh, with cover photography by Nancy Andrews and Lew Hahn.


Side 1

Track Composer Time
Drowning In The Sea Of Love Gamble-Huff 5:08
Tango All Night Seufert-Hague 2:59
Wings Starkey-Poncia 3:25
Gave It All Up Starkey-Poncia 4:40
Out On The Streets Starkey-Poncia 4:26

Side 2

Track Composer Time
Can She Do It Like She Dances Duboff-Robinson 3:12
Sneaking Sally Through The Alley Toussaint 4:15
It's No Secret Starkey-Poncia 3:41
Gypsies In Flight Starkey-Poncia 3:02
Simple Love Song Starkey-Poncia 2:57


Released Versions

First pressings (1977)
    2310 556 - Is worth about 10.

C.D.

No C.D. has been issued of "Ringo The 4th"


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