Postcards from Paradise

Postcards from Paradise

by Ringo StarrRingo Starr


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Paul McCartney creates a splash whenever he releases a new album, but Ringo Starr stays a bit on the sidelines, cranking out records and tours to a smaller, dedicated audience. Starr is under no delusion that he might suddenly have a Top 10 smash: he's happy to be a working musician, which is all he ever wanted to be. After all, he was a working musician before he was a Beatle, a beginning he celebrates on "Rory & the Hurricanes," the opening track of Postcards from Paradise, his 18th studio solo album. "Rory & the Hurricanes" is part of a long line of latter-day autobiographical tunes from Ringo, and that's not the only similarity Postcards from Paradise shares with the records Starr has made in the new millennium. Like anything from Choose Love on, Postcards is pleasingly low-stakes, studded with fond memories and sunny odes to peace and love, but unlike Y Not and Ringo 2012 -- two amiable records that threatened to drift away on their own good cheer -- this 2015 album is anchored on some sturdy craft, much of it coming from the mid-2010s incarnation of the All-Starr Band. The whole gang -- Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham -- kicks in on "Island in the Sun," but Lukather and Rundgren each get their own session with Starr, providing a foundation that is just different enough from new millennium Ringo records and setting off good contributions from the returning Dave Stewart, Joe Walsh, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Burr, Glen Ballard, and Gary Nicholson. Ever since he split with Mark Hudson -- sometime during the making of 2008's Liverpool 8 -- this has been Starr's running crew, and while none of them deliver something out of the ordinary (apart from Marx's reggae number "Right Side of the Road"), the record veers closer to the woozy good times of Goodnight Vienna than the going-through-the-motions shrug of Y Not. Part of this is material -- it's fun to hear Ringo lay into "into the low-key soul groove of "Confirmation" -- but Starr's production is bolder than before, allowing a bit of blood into the production. Plus, he doesn't shy away from being a bit of a goofball, either when he's romanticizing Rory & the Hurricanes or working with Rundgren to stitch together Beatles song titles into a bit of cheeky psychedelia, and that proud silliness and sentimentality have always been a key to Ringo's appeal. He makes no bones that he's here for a good time, and the appealing thing about Postcards from Paradise is that it's as much fun to hear as it must've been to make.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2015
Label: Ume
UPC: 0602547236449
catalogNumber: 002282202
Rank: 100538

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ringo Starr   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Peter Frampton   Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Synthesizer,Piano,Accordion
Todd Rundgren   Background Vocals
Joe Walsh   Background Vocals
Gregg Rolie   Organ
Jimmy Z.   Harmonica,Saxophone
Glen Ballard   Piano
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano
Gregg Bissonette   Percussion,Trumpet,Background Vocals
Steve Dudas   Guitar
Nathan East   Bass
Warren Ham   Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Background Vocals,Synthesizer Bass
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Richard Page   Bass,Background Vocals
Dave Stewart   Guitar
Bruce Sugar   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass,Synthesizer Strings
Lee Thornburg   Trombone,Trumpet
Amy Keys   Background Vocals
Jason Borger   Keyboards
Windy Wagner   Background Vocals
Kari Kimmel   Background Vocals
Ann Marie Simpson   Violin
Michael Bradford   Bass
Double Treble   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Ringo Starr   Producer,String Arrangements
Joe Walsh   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Gary Burr   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Gregg Bissonette   Composer
Warren Ham   Composer
Steve Lukather   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Richard Page   Composer
Dave Stewart   Composer
Bruce Sugar   Engineer,String Arrangements
Vartan   Art Direction
Ned Douglas   Engineer
Rob Shanahan   Cover Photo
Scott Ritchie   Back Cover Photo
Richard Starkey   Composer
Ann Marie Simpson   String Arrangements

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