Ringo Starr Announces ‘Liverpool 8’ Release and Hometown event.

I had just gotten over a Ringo-kick.  I made it my goal to listen through his entire solo catalog through the course of the summer.  It’s been a fun wild ride.  With many high points and low points, but his solo catalog is certainly a fun one to give another look or two.  There were a ton of surprisingly good things there. 

There is some news on the Ringo front.  His new album will be hitting shelves just after the holiday season.  It’ll give me time to recover from my own Ringo-palooza from this summer.  This album certainly looks like a great one.

Here’s what we’ve read.

 First New Solo Release with Capitol Since 1974; To Be Available On CD & Digitally

Starr to Launch Album at Liverpool Concert Event on January 12

Hollywood, California – November 5, 2007 – On January 15 (January 14 internationally), Ringo Starr will release Liverpool 8, his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974’s Goodnight Vienna. Liverpool 8 will be available worldwide on CD and digitally, and the album’s title track will debut as a digital single on December 4. Starr will launch the album with a hometown performance on January 12 to commence Liverpool’s 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations.

Liverpool 8, also the title of the album’s upbeat, vibrant lead track, “refers to the section of Liverpool where I used to live,” explains Ringo. “The song was actually Dave Stewart’s idea, as a mini autobiographical travelogue: ‘I was a sailor first…’ and then, ‘Liverpool I left you’ – because I did. ‘but I never let you down,’ which is true.”

Although Starr and Stewart have known each other for years, this is the first time they have collaborated. It began when Dave asked Ringo to lay down some drums on a track Stewart had done with George Harrison. “After I did the drums I asked Dave to add some guitars to my album, which Mark Hudson and I were working on at Mark’s Whatinthewhathe? Studio in LA. After Mark and I parted ways, Dave and I took over producing the record,” Starr said. Then added in his trademark wit, “and that’s why the credits say: Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson and Over-produced by Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart.”

Liverpool 8’s 12 original tracks were all co-written by Starr and were recorded in England and in California. “The writing of the records is always the same,” Ringo explains, “it’s the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what’s happening.” That “group of guys” who joined Starr on the album’s songwriting and recording are (in alphabetical order): Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Mark Hudson, Sean Hurley, Zac Rae, and Dave Stewart.
Since beginning his career in the 1960s with The Beatles, Ringo Starr has been one of the world’s brightest musical luminaries. Starr has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock ‘n’ roll, Starr continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring. His last studio album, Choose Love, was released in 2005.

Ringo has said that as time goes on there is more and more of his personality in his music, and the songs on Liverpool 8 feel personal. Starr’s candor, wit and soul are evident in the lyrics and the heartbeat of every song; I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat. Peace and love are Ringo Starr’s primary life beats, and Liverpool 8 propels this universal message in each of its evocative songs, which are imbued with joy, insight, reflection and wisdom from the music icon the world knows and loves simply as ‘Ringo.’

Ringo Starr: Liverpool 8
1. Liverpool 8
2. Think About You
3. For Love
4. Now That She’s Gone Away
5. Gone Are The Days
6. Give It A Try
7. Tuff Love
8. Harry’s Song
9. Pasodobles
10. If It’s Love That You Want
11. Love Is
12. R U Ready?

Source: Ringo Starr

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3 Responses

  1. I am looking forward to hearing this album more than any other I can think of from Ringo! I always liked Hudson’s Beatlesque production sound for Ringo but I trust that he is in good hands with Dave Stewart as well.

  2. i truly beleive it must be very good, in order for capitol records to want him back. his last few solo albums have put him back in a nice place, time takes time, vertical man, i wanna be santa clause, ringo rama and choose love. i have high hopes with this cd….i wonder if he’s still doing that dvd with stan lee, i haven’t heard anything on that since early this year. plus he said two years ago, he was working on a computer art, book. plus i heard in an interview with rod argent, they are finishing up his 2006 allstarr band cd, dvd……i’m excited about ringo’s 2008 plans with a new allstarr band….good on you rings.

  3. It’s true Ringo’s albums over the last 10 years have been very good. The fact that Capitol is backing him now is a little annoying. He is going into the R & R Hall of fame soon and is one of only two Beatles left.

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