Ringo Starr - Give More Love

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Posted on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 2:21pm
by Ron Wallace

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Release Type

Studio Album

Release Year

2017

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Label

UMe

 

Album Overview

Give More Love is the nineteenth studio album by English musician Ringo Starr. The album was recorded primarily in Starr's home studio in Los Angeles and was released on 15 September 2017 by UMe, featuring appearances by Starr's former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, as well as frequent collaborators such as Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Gary Nicholson, and members of the All-Starr Band.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1We're On The Road Again4:24
2Laughable2:58
3Show The Way4:42
4Speed Of Sound3:46
5Standing Still3:06
6King Of The Kingdom4:36
7Electricity3:38
8So Wrong For So Long4:03
9Shake It Up3:02
10Give More Love4:01
11Back off Boogaloo2:55
Notes

Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

12Don't Pass Me By (featuring Vandaveer)3:38
Notes

Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

13You Can't Fight Lightning (featuring Alberta Cross)4:21
Notes

Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

14Photograph (featuring Vandaveer)3:35
Notes

Deluxe Edition Bonus Track

Background

Starr began working on the album following the release of Postcards from Paradise and a tour with his All-Starr Band. Starr initially recruited longtime collaborator Dave Stewart to help him produce a country album in Nashville, but ultimately ended up recording mostly rock tracks in his home studio. The album features a number of Starr's regular collaborators, including former and current All-Starr band members Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, and Timothy B. Schmit.

Starr's former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney plays bass on a pair of tracks and sings backing vocals. Starr announced McCartney's appearance on the album via Twitter.

The album consists of ten new original tracks and four bonus tracks; the bonus tracks are all re-recordings of songs previously released by Starr. The re-recording of Starr's single "Back Off Boogaloo" is based on Starr's original demo of the song and features Electric Light Orchestra founder Jeff Lynne and Eagles member Joe Walsh on guitar, the re-recording of "You Can't Fight Lightning" from Stop and Smell the Roses features the Swedish band Alberta Cross, and the re-recordings of Starr's song "Photograph" and his Beatles song "Don't Pass Me By" feature the American band Vandaveer.

Starr officially announced the album on 7 July 2017, his 77th birthday, and simultaneously released the title track as a single via streaming services and digital download. The track "We're On the Road Again", featuring McCartney, Lukather, Walsh, and Winter, was released as a second single on 18 July 2017. The country track "So Wrong For So Long" was released as a single on 18 August 2017. The track "Standing Still" was released as the final single on 8 September 2017.

Release and Reception

Give More Love received mixed reviews upon its release. Rolling Stone's Will Hermes described Starr as "rock's mischievously minimalist id and Eternal-Optimist Emeritus", and called the album "a well-timed all-star candygram." AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote "this isn't the kind of album that plays its cards close to the vest; as the title suggests, this is open-hearted, kind music." The album was compared both favorably and unfavorably to Starr's other solo material of the 2010s.

Personnel

  • Ringo Starr – vocals, percussion (1-11), drums (1-4, 6-11), guitar (11), piano (12)

Additional Musicians

  • Steve Lukather – guitar (1, 3, 4), keyboards (1, 3), backing vocals (1)
  • Joe Walsh – guitar (7, 11), backing vocals (1)
  • Peter Frampton – guitar (2, 4), backing vocals (2)
  • Greg Leisz – guitar (5, 8)
  • Steve Dudas – guitar (5, 6, 9, 10)
  • Dave Stewart – guitar (6, 8)
  • Gary Nicholson – guitar (9)
  • Jeff Lynne – guitar (11)
  • Petter Ericson Stakee – guitar (13), backing vocals (13), percussion (13)
  • Matthew Pynn – guitar (13)
  • J. Tom Hnatow – guitar (12, 14)
  • Mark Charles Heidinger – guitar (12, 14), bass (12, 14), vocals (12, 14)
  • Jim Cox – keyboards (1, 3, 8, 10)
  • Benmont Tench – keyboards (2, 7)
  • Edgar Winter – piano (9), saxophone (6), backing vocals (1)
  • Glen Ballard – keyboards (7), backing vocals (7)
  • Pete Remm – keyboards (13)
  • Bob Malone – piano (11)
  • Paul McCartney – bass (1, 3), backing vocals (1)
  • Nathan East – bass (4, 5, 6, 8, 11)
  • Don Was – bass (7, 9)
  • Matt Bissonette – bass (10)
  • Erik MacQueen – bass (13)
  • Fredrik Aspelin – drums (13), percussion (13)
  • Robby Consenza – drums (12, 14), percussion (12, 14), harmonica (12)
  • Bruce Sugar – drum programming (5), keyboards (6)
  • Greg Bissonette – percussion (10)
  • Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals (2, 3, 10)
  • Richard Page – backing vocals (2, 3, 10)
  • Amy Keys – backing vocals (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
  • Windy Wagner – backing vocals (4, 6, 7, 9)
  • Gary Burr – backing vocals (5, 8), guitar (5)
  • Georgia Middleman – backing vocals (5, 8)
  • Rose Guerin – vocals (12, 14)
  • Viktor Buck – backing vocals (13)

Credits

  • Ringo Starr – production, mixing
  • Bruce Sugar – recording, mixing, editing
  • Viktor Buck – engineering (13)
  • Fred Appelquist – engineering (13)
  • Peter R. Ericson – additional production (13)