Starr, Ringo - Ringo & His New All-Starr Band

Year of Release: 2002
Label: WIN Media/King Biscuit
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: DVD
Total Time: 80:00:00

In August of 2002, I reviewed Ringo & His New All-Starr Band in the CD format. I must apologize for listing the credits incorrectly [now fixed]. Rodger Hodgson actually plays lead guitar and keyboards on this recording, I listed him as playing keyboards only. Hodgson was surprised that Ringo asked him to play guitar, particularly lead. He considers it his weakest area of expertise yet he does a fine job regardless of his humble opinion regarding his skills. At the time, I was unable to find the credits for the CD and assumed Hodgson played the keyboards only.

Now this enlightening DVD version gives me the real scoop on who played what. I found inconsistencies with this package as well though. The accompanying booklet with the track listing has run times listed for only some of the songs, which I found quite odd. Why bother if you do not have the times for each track?

Now lets move on to the more positive aspects of this DVD, and why you should buy it. The first thing I noticed immediately was the difference in sound quality of the DVD compared to the CD. I do not have a stereo surround sound system or anything comparable hooked into my TV set, not yet anyway, it is my DVD player and the speakers from the TV and that is it. That says a mouthful for the quality of DVD sound. I was also unaware that Ringo played drums in sync with Sheila E. quite a bit during the set, which is an incredibly difficult thing to do and even more awesome to witness. Ringo said in an interview "We didn't bring Sheila into the band because she was pretty; it was because she is a fine musician.? Granted she is a beautiful woman, but man can she play those drums! Even though Ringo had not even met any of the people in the band before playing with them, besides Howard Jones one time, they all managed to gather to play each of everyone's hits as an additional treat to Starr's already hit laden show. I tip my hat to Mark Rivera who serves as the bands musical director and in addition contributes guitar and saxophone to the mix. Starr respects him, so he must be one of the best in the business. [He has worked quite a bit with Billy Joel, among others, too -ed.]

Visually this is a captivating performance capturing the Starr style and grace onstage. He really is a generous man and allows his all star bands a lot of freedom onstage by allowing them all to participate equally to his hits and the Beatles tracks that he sang lead on as well as their own well known songs. A live performance cannot get any more assorted and entertaining than this. Watching this DVD cements Ringo's legend further as a solo performer, admired artist, and an example to all of his comrades in the music businesses that have had the pleasure to play with him over the years.

Photograph / Act Naturally / Logical Song / Cleveland Rocks / Back Off Boogaloo / I Wanna Be Your Man / You're Sixteen / Yellow Submarine / Things Can Only Get Better / Lucky Man / Give A Little Bit / No One Is To Blame / The No-No Song / It Don't Come Easy / Glamorous Life / Take The Long Way Home / All The Young Dudes / Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go / With A Little Help From My Friends

Bonus Features: Featurette / Extra Ringo Interview / Howard Jones Photo Album

Ringo Starr - drums, vocals
Sheila E - drums, percussion, vocals
Greg Lake - bass, vocals
Howard Jones - keyboards, vocals
Roger Hodgson - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Mark Rivera -guitar, saxophone, vocals
Ian Hunter - guitar, vocals

Sentimental Journey (1970)
Beaucoups Of Blues (1970)
Ringo (1973)
Goodnight Vienna (1974)
Blast From Your Past (1976)
Ringo's Rotogravure (1976)
Ringo The 4th (1977)
Bad Boy (1978)
Stop And Smell The Roses (1981)
Old Wave (1983)
Starr Struck: Best Of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2 (1989)
Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band (live) (1990)
Time Takes Time (1992)
Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band Volume 2 (1993)
Ringo Starr And His Third All-Starr Band (1997)
Vertical Man (1998)
VH1 Storytellers (1998)
I Wanna Be Santa Claus (1999)
The Anthology So Far (Eur) (2000)
The Anthology So Far (US) (2001)
King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Ringo & His New All-Starr Band (2002)

Ringo And His New All-Starr Band (2002)

Genre: Rock

Origin UK

Added: February 11th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Hits: 776
Language: english


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