Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Ringo Starr's new album Y Not won't be out until next month, but you can get the first song, "Walk With You," featuring Paul McCartney, on iTunes now. They've played on each other's albums often over the years, and even performed with each other earlier this year, and couple of years before that at a tribute to George Harrison.

Y Not is the first time Ringo has produced himself (or anyone else, for that matter), I wonder what the dynamic was like for that. Paul taking orders from Ringo. This is a lovely song, you should really check it out. (And ditto for Paul's new song "I Want To Come Home" from the film Everybody's Fine.)

Whenever Ringo puts out an album, people roll out the red carpet because they love to be around him, he's a cool guy and a Beatle. They take a cursory listen to the album, and then forget it once he's out the door. And, fair enough, all of his albums aren't great.  On his last album, Liverpool 8, the very last song "R U Ready?" was also really good, and he has gems scattered throughout his recent solo career. But who knows, this album may be a creative rebirth for him (I heard rumors that Ben Harper & Relentless7 are the backing band on the album, but I don't know if that's true).

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