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Give More Love – Ringo Starr

The 77-year old former Beatle follows his 2015 album Postcards from Paradise with his nineteenth studio album, which was recorded in his home studio in Los Angeles. The album was originally planned to be a country album recorded in Nashville with Dave Stewart. They recorded one song – “So Wrong for So Long” – before the album took a different shape. In addition to ten new songs, there are four bonus tracks, which are new versions of old songs.  Starr self-produced the album, assisted by engineer Bruce Sugar. The album features a number of guests, including former band-mate Paul McCartney, brother-in law, guitarist Joe Walsh, and fellow Eagles singer-bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, saxophonist Edgar Winter, guitarist-producer Jeff Lynne, guitarist Dave Stewart, bassists Nathan East and Don Was, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.

Below are a few comments on each song:

We’re on the Road Again – The album starts off on a high note with this energetic rocker written by Toto’s Steve Lukather and Starr. It features backing vocals from Richard Marx, Edgar Winter, Georgia Middleman, Gary Burr, Gary Nicholson, Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney (who also plays bass and add screams), Lukather and Starr.  It’s a song about the joys of being on the road and playing live.  A highlight.
Laughable –  Starr shows he can address social and political issues in this song with Peter Frampton. It addresses the turbulent events of the world as he sings “It would be laughable if it wasn’t sad.”
Show Me the Way
–  This is a tribute to Barbara Bach, Starr’s wife of 36 years. It is written with Lukather and features bass from McCartney. Backing vocals are provided by Amy Keys, Richard Page and Timothy B. Schmidt. He sings “After all this time we’ve had to share/The better life I’ve had ’cause your still there/I need to show you just how much I care/There were times It wasn’t always easy, but we got through”.
Speed of Sound
–  This song is written by Richard Marx and Starr and features some nice Talkbox guitar work from Peter Frampton. Backing vocals are provided by Amy Keys, Windy Wagner and Marx.
Standing Still –  This song is written by Gary Burr and Starr. Greg Leisz’s dobro gives it a country feel. Backing vocals are provided by Georgia Middleman and Burr. Like “Laughable”, this song makes reference to the difficult conditions in today’s world and the importance of being optimistic. Starr has said that the upbeat song is about even when you’re at the bottom of the hill, you’ve got to get up and take that first step.
King of the Kingdom –  This reggae-flavored song was written with Van Dyke Parks. It features saxophone from Edgar Winter and backing vocals from Amy Keys and Windy Wagner. The song mentions Haile Selassie and Bob Marley.
Electricity – This song was written by Glen Ballard and Starr. It takes us back to Liverpool and Starr’s time with Rory and the Hurricanes. Backing vocals are provided by Amy Keys, Windy Wagner and Ballard. Joe Walsh plays guitar and Don Was bass.
So Wrong for So Long – This catchy, laid-back country song was written by Dave Stewart and Starr for what was planned to be a country album. Backing vocals are provided by Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr. Starr has previously recorded a country album, 1970’s Beaucoups of Blues his second solo album.
Shake It Up –  This rockabilly toe-tapper is written by Gary Nicholson and Starr. Backing vocals are provided by Amy Keys and Windy Wagner. Edgar Winter adds some excellent piano and Steve Dudas guitar. The song has an early-Beatles, “Honey Don’t” sound. One of my favorites.
Give More Love –  This song is written by Gary Nicholson and Ringo. Backing vocals are provided by Amy Keys, Richard Page and Timothy B. Schmidt. Ringo sings that we need to give more love, it’s what we know we need more of.

The remaining four songs are bonus cuts for the CD and digital versions of the album:

Back Off Boogaloo –  This is a re-recording of Starr’s hit that he wrote and George originally produced. Jeff Lynn and Joe Walsh add new guitars over Starr’s original demo recently found in a box of tapes.  
Don’t Pass Me By
– This song, included on the Beatles 1968 “White Album”, was the first Starr written song recorded by the Beatles. Starr gives the song a country-folk remake with American band Vandaveer.  
You Can’t Fight Lightning
– This song was included on Starr’s 1981 Stop and Smell the Roses album is and is remade with the Swedish band Alberta Cross.
Photograph – This is a re-recording of Starr’s hit song that he wrote with George Harrison. Starr gives the song a country-folk update with American band Vandaveer.

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Shake it Up by Ringo Starr

This week’s song of the week is “Shake it Up” by Ringo Starr from his new album Give More Love. This is just the type of song that Ringo excels at, and reminds me a bit of his Beatles song “Honey Don’t”. Listen to it here.

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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