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Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
"The Anthology...So Far"
© Eagle Records
Year of Release: 2001
"It Don't Come Easy"--
"The No-No Song"--
"Quarter To Three"--
"Raining In My Heart"--
"Will It Go Round
"Life In The Fast Lane"--
"Boris The Spider"--
"Some Kind Of
"The Really Serious Introduction"--
"I'm The Greatest"--
"Don't Go Where
"I Can't Tell You Why"--
Timothy B. Schmidt
To Be Free"--
"You Ain't Seen
"In The City"--
"Bang The Drum
"Weight Of The World"--
"Back Off Boogaloo"--
"Show Me The Way"--
"I Hear You Knocking"--
"Baby I Love Your Way"--
"A Salty Dog"--
"I Feel Free"--
"All Right Now"--
"I Wanna Be Your Man"--
"A Whiter Shade
"All By Myself"--
"With A Little Help
From My Friends"--
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Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
"The Anthology...So Far"
We need more of this... For us older fans of Rock music, supergroups have always
been a treat. Ringo Starr went on the road, and received a little help from his friends.
Having an "All-Starr" band accompany him. This week's review looks at an Anthology of
his bands, with tracks from his 6 All-Starr band albums, and some unreleased material.
3 discs total, its a who's who of popular rock artists joining Ringo, all from what is
considered from the era of Classic Rock.
It seems all the tracks from the All-Starr band's debut (All-Starr Band; 1990)
is on the first disc. Nils Lofgren (Bruce Springsteen's guitarist; solo artist), Joe Walsh
(James Gang, The Eagles, solo artist), Billy Preston (the "fifth Beatle"; keyboardist/singer),
Rick Danko (The Band), Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist), Levon Helm
(The Band), Dr. John, and Jim Keltner (session drummer). There were 12 songs originally
on the 1990 All-Starr Band, and these track titles are found on the Anthology's
first disc: "It Don't Come Easy," "No No Song" (Ringo Starr), "Iko-Iko"
(Dr. John), "The Weight" (Levon Helm), "Shine Silently" (Nils Lofgren),
"Honey Don't," "You're Sixteen" (Ringo Starr), "Quarter To Three" (Clarence
Clemons), "Raining In My Heart" (Rick Danko), "Will It Go Round In Circles"
(Billy Preston), "Life In The Fast Lane" (Joe Walsh), "Photograph" (Ringo
Starr). Other tracks on the first disc were from Ringo Starr's Second All-Starr Band,
as the Volume 2 album was released in 1994. Track titles from this band on the
Anthology: "Desperado" (Joe Walsh), "Walking Nerve" (Nils Lofgren).
Ringo's Volume 2 band consisted of: Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmidt (The Eagles),
Dave Edmunds, Todd Rundgren, Nils Lofgren, Burton Cummings (The Guess Who), Tim Cappello
(saxophonist), Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr's son). John Entwistle (The Who) sings "Boris
The Spider," and Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) sings "Some Kind Of Wonderful."
Both Entwistle and Farner would be part of Ringo Starr's Third All-Starr Band, in 1997.
Peter Frampton performs on "Norwegian Wood," as he would be part of Ringo's Fourth
All-Starr Band, in 1997-1998.
More from the second All-Starr Band on the Anthology's second disc: "I'm The Greatest,"
"Don't Go Where The Road Go" (Ringo Starr), "I Can't Tell You Why" (Timothy B.
Schmidt), "Girls Talk" (Dave Edmunds, "In The City" (Joe Walsh), "Bang
The Drum All Day, "Black Maria" (Todd Rundgren), "American Woman" (Burton
Cummings), "Weight Of The World" (Ringo Starr). 1997's Ringo Starr & His Third
All-Starr Band consisted of: Billy Preston, Zak Starkey, John Entwistle (The Who), Felix
Cavaliere (The Rascals), Randy Bachman (The Guess Who/Bachman-Turner Overdrive), Mark
Farner (Grand Funk Railroad), and Mark Rivera (saxophonist). Songs from this third All-Starr
Band on the Anthology second disc: "People Got To Be Free", "Groovin'" (Felix
Cavaliere), "Takin' Care Of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" (Randy Bachman),
"Weight Of The World," "Back Off Boogaloo" (Ringo Starr).
99% of the songs from the three All-Starr Bands (volumes) can be found from the original CDs.
However, there are songs duplicated from one or more volumes. The liner notes on The
Anthology ... So Far doesn't state from which volume. As for the fourth, fifth, and
sixth All-Starr Bands, when researching, I'm not sure if all these were released on CD, although
some were on video.
The Fourth All-Starr Band was from 1997-1998: Peter Frampton, Gary Brooker (Procol Harum),
Jack Bruce (Cream), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Mark Rivera.
The Fifth All-Starr Band was from 1999: Todd Rundgren, Gary Brooker, Jack Bruce, Simon Kirke,
The Sixth All-Starr Band was from 2000: Dave Edmunds, Eric Carmen (The Raspberries), Jack Bruce,
Simon Kirke, Mark Rivera.
Tracks on the third disc: "Show Me The Way," "Baby I Love Your Way (Peter Frampton),
"Sunshine Of Your Love," "I Feel Free" (Jack Bruce), "I Hear You Knocking" (Dave
Edmunds), "Shooting Star," "All Right Now," (Simon Kirke), "A Salty Dog," "A Whiter
Shade Of Pale," (Gary Brooker), "Hungry Eyes, "All By Myself" (Eric Carmen).
Ringo's songs include "Yellow Submarine," "Boys", "With A Little Help From My Friends."
The Anthology ... So Far highlights Ringo Starr's first 6 All-Starr Bands, from 1989
to 2000. He has continued an All-Starr Band since then, his Seventh (2001): Roger Hodgson
(Supertramp), Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople, solo), Howard Jones, Greg Lake (King Crimson, Emerson,
Lake & Palmer, Asia), Shelia E., Mark Rivera). Eighth (2003): Colin Hay (Men At Work), Paul
Carrack (Ace, Squeeze), John Waite (The Babys, solo), Shelia E., Mark Rivera. Ninth (2006):
Billy Squier, Richard Marx, Edgar Winter, Rod Argent, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Shelia E.
Tenth (2008): Billy Squier, Colin Hay, Edgar Winter, Garu Wright, Hamish Stuart, (drummer).
This is a great assortment of great classic rock artists getting together and playing their
popular hits. It's even more greater when these familiar rock artists recorfd new material, as in
the case of such supergroups as Asia and the Travelling Wilburys. And, the fact that these rockers
can still perform and write new material, and never letting their age creep up with them.
As far as seeing more SuperGroups emerge, I still would like to see another rendition of the
"Travelling Wilburys" as explained in
my review of John Fogerty's Premonition:
As I think about the future, I can easily see Fogerty being part of another
major supergroup, such as the Traveling Wilburys. This is just a thought:
John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and adding a
female to that list, Bonnie Raitt. Hopefully we can see such a supergroup.
I can see their name as patriotic, as most of them have already performed and/or
written patriotic-themed songs.
And then again, I think of another "supergroup" but it's not really one:
The sons of the Beatles' getting together: Julian Lennon, James McCartney,
Dhani Harrison, Zak Starkey. We can dream, can't we?
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