Ringo

Ringo Starr
 
Ringo - Front cover Ringo - Rear Cover
Ringo - Front Cover Ringo - Rear Cover
Ringo - Inner Gatefold
Ringo - Inner Gatefold
Label Apple
Catalogue No. PCTC 252
Release date 23rd November 1973
Total time 37:08
U.K. Album Chart Detail :
Entry Date :8th December 1973
Highest Position :7
Weeks in Chart :20
Detail : Ringo Starr's third solo album release.
Credited to Ringo Starr.
Produced by Richard Perry
Engineered by Bill schnee

A Great L.P. from Ringo, strong tracks, a prestigious collection of musicians, and great packaging. Consequently it made the top ten (should have been higher !), stayed in the chart for almost five months and sold over two million worldwide.

Recorded 5th March through to 30th April, with some overdubbing being done right up to July 1973.
5th March to 27th March 1973 recording is at Sunset Sound recorders studios in L.A. which includes on 13th March a session at which Ringo, George AND John are all present to record ten takes of "I'm The Greatest". It is this session which includes Klaus Voorman, that prompts global press fever that the Beatles have "reformed" with Klaus replacing Paul.
Other work is done on the album in America at the Burbank Studios, The Sound Labs and Producers Workshop, L.A.
On 16th April at the Apple Studios in Saville Row, Paul and Linda join Ringo for 15 takes of "Six O'clock". In the same session, Ringo records his tap dancing sequence for "Step Lightly".

"Ringo" comes in a very impressive colourful, gatefold sleeve which includes a 24 page L.P. sized booklet that has the lyrics and some excellent drawings by Klaus Voorman to illustrate each song. The cover paintings are by Tim Bruckner with the front picture having some interesting characters in the crowd including all the musicians heard on the album. Paul is accompanied by Linda, John has Yoko in a bag, and George is clutching a balloon with the Om symbol on it.
The album photography and art direction was by Barry Feinstein for Camouflage Productions, with the packaging coordinator being Alan Pariser.

If you had a close look at the front cover of your copy, you may have spotted this :

Ringo - Inner Gatefold
Ringo - Detail From The Front Cover

If you wondered what it meant, look no further ... it is a typical piece of wry Beatle humour.
It is derived from the Royal motto "Dieu et mon droit" which is actually French for "God and my right". "Dieu et mon droit" is the motto of the Sovereign of England. The motto appears below the shield on the Royal Coat of Arms. The words were the military password chosen by King Richard I in 1198.
It doesn't take much to see that "Duit On Mon Dei" is just one step away from the Royal motto that the Beatles would have obviously seen. This motto became a part of the Apple ethics, which if you read it slowly in English you will see it becomes "Do it on Monday" ! ... e.g. let's not bother today ... lets "Duit On Mon Dei".
This of course preceded Harry Nilsson's album of the same title "Duit On Mon Dei", which appearred in 1975. And clearly Nilsson would have encountered the phrase having worked on this album of Ringo's.


Side 1

Track Composer Recording Information Time
I'm The Greatest Lennon Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
John Lennon - Piano, harmony vocal
George Harrison - Guitars
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Billy Preston - Organ
3:21
Have You Seen My Baby Newman Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Jim Keltner - Drums
Marc Bolan - Guitar
Klaus Voorman - Bass
James Booker - Piano
Milt Holland - Percussion
Tom Scott - Horns.
3:43
Photograph Starkey-Harrison Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Jim Keltner - Drums
George Harrison - 12-string acoustic guitar, harmony vocal
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Nicky Hopkins - Piano
Vini Poncia - Acoustic guitar
Jimmy Calvert - Acoustic guitar
Lon and Derrek Van Eaton - Percussion
Bobby Keyes - Tenor saxophone solo
Jack Nitzche - Orchestral arrangements.
3:57
Sunshine Life For Me
(Sail Away Raymond)
Harrison Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums and percussion
George Harrison - Guitar, backing vocals
Klaus Voorman - Upright bass
Robbie Robertson - Guitar
Levon Helm - Mandolin
Rick Danko - Fiddle
Garth Hudson - Accordion
David Bromberg - Banjo, fiddle
Vini Poncia - Backing vocals
2:43
You're Sixteen Sherman-Sherman Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Paul McCartney - Mouth sax solo
Jim Keltner - Drums
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Nicky Hopkins - Piano
Vini Poncia - Guitar
Jimmy Calvert - Guitar
Harry Nilsson - Backing vocals.
2:47

Side 2

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Oh My My Starkey-Poncia Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Jim Keltner - Drums
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Billy Preston - Piano, organ
Vini Poncia - Harmont vocal
Jimmy Calvert - Guitar
Tom Scott - Saxophone solo, horn arrangement
Jim Horn - horn arrangement
Martha Reeves - Backing vocals
Merry Clayton - Backing vocals
4:16
Step Lightly Starkey Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Steve Cropper - Electric guitar
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Nicky Hopkins - Electric piano
Jimmy Calvert - Guitar
Tom Scott - Clarinet arrangement
... and featuring the Dancing Feet of Richard Starkey M.B.E.
3:14
Six O'Clock McCartney Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Paul McCartney - Piano, synthesizer, backing vocals,
                               string and flute arangements
Linda McCartney - Backing vocals
Klaus Voorman - Bass
Vini Poncia - Acoustic guitar, percussion
4:05
Devil Woman Starkey-Poncia Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
Jim Keltner - Drums
Klaus Voorman - Bass, backing vocals
Jimmy Calvert - Guitar
Tom Hensley - Piano
Milt Holland - Percussion
Tom Scott - Horns, horn arrangement
Chuck Findley - Horns
Richard Perry - Backing vocals.
3:54
You And Me (Babe) Harrison-Evans Personnel :
Ringo - Lead vocals, drums
George Harrison - Electric guitar
Nicky Hopkins - Electric piano
Vini Poncia - Acoustic guitar
Milt Holland - Marimba
Tom Scott - Horn arrangement
Jack Nitzche - String arrangements.
4:41


Released Versions

First pressings (1973)
    PCTC 252 - Gatefold sleeve with the attached booklet is worth about 20.
    (Look out for some of the VERY first editions, they had the second track incorrectly listed as "Hold On" !)
                          "Ringo" was Deleted in 1978.

27th November 1980, "Ringo" reappears on E.M.I.'s budget label Music For Pleasure, (MFP 50508) ... r.r.p.: 1:99
This re-issue had changes to the sleeve. It was no longer a gatefold, on the front, the Apple and the french motto were removed, and the rear was completely changed, with a listing of the song credits.

C.D.

4th March 1991, a first C.D. issue on Parlophone with catalogue number CDEMS 1386 (+ TCEMS 1386) with three bonus tracks.
      (The catalogue lists a vinyl version too on catalogue number EMS 1386)

Track Composer Recording Information Time
Down And Out Starkey B-side of Photograph 2:59
It Don't Come Easy Starkey Original single It Don't Come Easy 2:59
Early 1970 Starkey B-side of It Don't Come Easy 2:19


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