Beatles legend Ringo Starr returns with a brand new studio album Give More Love.
Ringo’s impressive 19th solo album was recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles. The album features 10 new tracks and encompasses collaborations with a who’s who of Ringo’s A-List friends.
Throughout the record Starr calls upon the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx and Steve Lukather, to name but a few.
One thing which is immediately apparent with Give More Love is that the record covers a lot of ground with songs spanning a vast musical landscape. The album’s opening track “We’re On The Road Again” is a straight up good old fashioned rock and roll number, packed with infectious hooks almost in the same vein as “Shake It Up”, which appears later in the record.
As the album progresses Starr puts forward country-tinged Americana numbers like “Standing Still” and the lap steel guitar-infused “So Wrong For So Long”, which was co-written with The Eurhythmics Dave Stewart.
The most surprising track on the record is “King of the Kingdom”. The reggae-inflected number features some great Sax from Edgar Winter, and also segues a few bars of Bob Marley’s “One Love”. On the other hand, “Electricity” which features both Joe Walsh and Don Was is one of the standout tracks on the record, and gives the album a bit of blues/rock feel to it.
Give More Love closes with four bonus tracks “Back Off Boogaloo”, “You Can’t Fight Lightning”, “Photograph” and “Don’t Pass Me By”. During the country fuelled latter, Starr takes the listener back to his Beatles days with a few bars of “Octopus’s Garden”.
All in all, Give More Love is a great all-around album for both music lovers and fans of The Beatles alike.
In October Starr will hit the road in the US with his All Starrs, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. The tour will include a residency at Las Vegas, NV at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. See www.ringostarr.com for full tour dates.
Give More Love by Ringo Starr is out now.