Performer: Ringo Starr
Artist: Chrissie Hynde; Billy Preston; Robert Randolph; The Roundheads
Engineer: Bruce Sugar; Gary Burr; Steve Dudas; Kevin Churko; Bruce Sugar...
Producer: Ringo Starr; Mark Hudson; Mark Hudson; Ringo Starr...
Distributor: E1 Distribution (USA)
Notes: Personnel: Ringo Starr (vocals, organ, drums, percussion); Ringo Starr (loops); Barbara Starkey (vocals); Gary Burr (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, background vocals); Mark Hudson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, piano, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Steve Dudas (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, background vocals); John Amato (saxophone); Billy Preston (piano, Hammond b-3 organ, background vocals); Jim Cox (piano); Dean Grakal, Rose Stone Girls, Rose Stone Choir (background vocals); Chrissie Hynde (vocals); Robert Randolph (guitar); Mark Mirando (electric guitar, background vocals); Dan Higgins (woodwinds, saxophone, horns); Gary Grant (horns). Audio Mixer: Dave Way. Recording information: RoccaBella Studio U.K; Studio U.S.A; Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA; Whatinthewhatthe?. Authors: Smohalla; Ray Charles. Photographers: Ringo Starr; Mark Hudson; Gary Burr; Barbara Starkey; Teness Herman; Edward Ajaj. Arrangers: Mark Hudson; Jim Cox. Unlike much of Ringo Starr's previous solo work, CHOOSE LOVE eschews the all-star approach that dominated the world's most beloved drummer's latter-day career. Expanding on predecessor RINGO RAMA's focus on self-containment, the production, songwriting, and instrumental chores are mainly handled by Ringo and his longtime band, spearheaded by main man Mark Hudson. To someone who'd spent their life in a cave and was unaware of Starr's fabled past, CHOOSE LOVE would still be a highly enjoyable album of sparkling power pop, full of catchy, well-written tunes and inspired, fun-filled performances. Ringo and company are not afraid to get Beatlesque now and again--he's got a right if anyone does--and those moments never feel forced. Ringo's ever-present warmth comes across not only in his personable vocal delivery, but in such Starr co-writes as the optimistic "Some People" and the inspirational "Oh My Lord." Also, there's not a session drummer in sight here--it's strictly Ringo on the skins throughout, reminding listeners all the more of why they grew to love him in the first place.
Uncut (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 - "It's a punchy, good-humoured pop record with a penchant for Fabs-alluding lyrics and hooks that only one man living has more right to." Mojo (Publisher) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[P]acked full of lovingly crafted details; duelling rockabilly guitars, Sun King-style Leslie'd arpeggios, and infectious, frisky stomping drums..."
Though Ringo Starr is known to history as the man who drummed (and occasionally sang) with the Beatles, his story doesn't stop with the end of the Fab Four. Starr's natural charisma, humor, and distinctive Liverpudlian voice made him a natural for both films (THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN) and voiceovers (THE POINT, THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE). He scored a number of hits with his early solo albums, initially making him the most successful of the solo Beatles. In the 1990s, he started touring with an ever-changing roster of All-Starr bands featuring former members of other famous groups, from Men at Work and Cream to Procol Harum and the Rascals.
Also Appears On:
Axton, Hoyt Band (The) Beach Boys (The) Bolan, Marc Chilton, Alex Clapton, Eric Clemons, Clarence Cocker, Joe Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw, Robert Cummings, Burton Danko, Rick Edmunds, Dave Electric Light Orchestra Figgs (The) Harrison, George Helm, Levon Jagger, Mick John, Dr. John, Elton Lane, Ronnie Lennon, John Lofgren, Nils Lynne, Jeff McCartney, Paul Moon, Keith (Drums) NRBQ Nilsson, Harry Petty, Tom Preston, Billy Redbone, Leon Rigby, Will Rundgren, Todd Schmit, Timothy B. Smithereens (The) Spence, Alexander "Skip" Stewart, Rod Swan, Billy T. Rex The Hudson Brothers Twilley, Dwight Vaughn, Ben Walsh, Joe (Guitar)
Alexander, Arthur Armstrong, Louis Burnette, Johnny Cash, Johnny Cochran, Eddie Flanagan & Allen Ford, "Tennessee" Ernie Formby, George Holly, Buddy Ink Spots (The) Miller, Roger (Country) Owens, Buck Perkins, Carl (Rockabilly) Presley, Elvis Richard, Little Vincent, Gene
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