Sentimental Journey

Ringo Starr
 
Sentimental Journey - Front cover Sentimental Journey - Rear Cover
Sentimental Journey - Front Cover Sentimental Journey - Rear Cover
Label Apple
Catalogue No. PCS 7101
TCPCS 7101 (cassette)
Release date 27th March 1970
Total time 34:04
U.K. L.P. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :18th April 1970
Highest Position :7
Weeks in Chart :6
Detail : Ringo Starr's first album release.
Credited to Ringo Starr
Produced by George Martin.
Personnel :
Ringo Starr - Lead Vocals
The George Martin Orchestra - All instrumentation.

Ringo's first album was much less of a surprise than Lennon's or Harrison's first solo ventures, in that it was not avant-garde like theirs, as he decided to record a set of old standards, big band and show tunes that were his earliest musical memories. He asked his parents and family to help him in selecting an appropriate variety of songs, and then commissioned a number of friends and luminaries to come up with some arrangements.

Recording started on 27th October 1969 with "Night And Day", and up to December 4th Ringo added; "Stardust", "Blue Turning Grey Over You", "Sentimental Journey", "I'm A Fool To Care", "Dream", "You Always Hurt The One You Love", "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You", and "Let The Rest Of The World Go By".
After some work on the "Let It Be" album, Ringo recorded the final three tracks, "Whispering Grass", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing" between 3rd February and 13th March 1970.
There were also two other songs recorded which were not released, "Autumn Leaves" and "I'll Be Looking At The Moon".
Plus, the Vigotone bootleg "Through Many Years" (Vigotone 181), made up of unreleased material by George and Ringo, quotes this following detail as being a track recorded by Ringo and intended for this album ...
Track 14 : "Stormy Weather" (2:54) - An unreleased recording from Ringo's first solo effort "Sentimental Journey". Recorded November 6, 1969, produced by George Martin at Abbey Road Studios and unheard until now.

The album did not get very good reviews, and no single was issued from it (this was because "It Don't Come Easy" had already been recorded), but still did adequately in the chart where it reached the top ten.

The cover photographs are by Richard Polak.
The front being a shot of Ringo's local, "The Empress" which is in High Park Street, Liverpool very close to Ringo's home. The figures in the windows are superimposed pictures of Ringo's relatives.


Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Sentimental Journey Green-Brown-Homer Arranged by Richard Perry.
Originally recorded by Les Brown Band in 1945, with Doris Day on vocals, and became her first number one in America.
3:26
Night And Day Porter Arranged by Chico O'Farrill.
Originally from the 1932 musical, "The Gay Divorcee" and sung by Fred Astaire and Claire Luce.
2:25
Whispering Grass
(Don't Tell The Trees)
F. & D. Fisher Arranged by Ron Goodwin.
Originally recorded by the Ink Spots in 1940.
2:37
Bye Bye Blackbird Dixon-Henderson Arranged by Maurice Gibb.
Written in 1927 for vaudeville star George Price.
2:11
I'm A Fool To Care Daffan Arranged by Klaus Voorman.
Written in 1948, became a hit in 1954 for Les Paul and Mary Ford.
2:39
Stardust Carmichael-Parish Arranged by Paul McCartney.
Hoagy Carmichael wrote the tune in 1927, with the words added in 1929. Ringo was probably familiar with the 1957 hit version by Billy Ward and the Dominoes.
3:26

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Blue Turning Grey Over You Razaf-Waller Arranged by Oliver Nelson.
Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1930.
3:18
Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing Fain-Webster Arranged by Quincy Jones.
An Oscar winning song from 1955, and a chart hit for the Four Aces.
3:05
Dream Mercer Arranged by George Martin.
Written in 1945, a hit for the Pied Pipers.
2:42
You Always Hurt The One You Love Fisher-Roberts Arranged by Johnny Dankworth.
A hit in 1944 for the Mills Brothers.
2:18
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Wiseman Arranged by Elmer Bernstein.
Originally recorded in 1946 by Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage.
2:43
Let The Rest Of The World Go By Brennan-Ball Arranged by Les Reed.
The oldest song on this release, dating from 1919, and originally by George J. Trinkaus and his band. But Ringo and his family would probably have been more familiar with the 1944 Dick Haymes version.
2:55


Released Versions

First pressings (1970)
    PCS 7101 - Is worth about 15.
                          It is Deleted in April 1975.

C.D.

May 1995, a first C.D. issue on Apple with catalogue number CDPCS 7101 with no bonus tracks.


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