Ringo Starr Beaucoups of Blues
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- Released: May 1, 1995
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Capitol
Rolling Stone - 10/29/70, p.40"...Coming from the lips of Ringo Starr, the songs sound terrific...a thoroughly enjoyable album, the kind you play repeatedly."
Q - 7/95, p.1473 Stars - Good - "...it's a collection of contemporary country songs, delivered by Ringo Starr in a languidly melancholic style curiously reminiscent of Michael Nesmith....always likable and original."
Mojo (Publisher) - 7/95, p.113"...BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES saw Ringo in Nashville with a stellar cast of country players....The songs were new, supplied by local writers, and the groove is loose and fluent..."
- 1.Beaucoups of Blues
- 2.Love Don't Last Long
- 3.Fastest Growing Heartache In The West
- 4.Without Her
- 5.Woman of The Night
- 6.I'd Be Talking All The Time
- 7.$15 Draw
- 8.Wine, Women and Loud Happy Songs
- 9.I Wouldn't Have You Any Other Way
- 10.Loser's Lounge
- 12.Silent Homecoming
- 13.Coochy Coochy
- 14.Nashville Jam
Personnel: Ringo Starr (vocals, drums, percussion); Ringo Starr (acoustic guitar); Vini Poncia (vocals, guitar); Jeannie Kendall (vocals); Jerry Kennedy, Jerry Shook (guitar); Pete Drake (steel guitar, pedal steel guitar); Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar); Jim Buchanan (fiddle, strings); George Richey, Grover Lavender (fiddle); Roy Huskey Jr., Buddy Harman (bass instrument); The Jordanaires (background vocals); Chuck Howard, Dave Kirby, Jerry Reed, Sorrells Pickard, Charlie Daniels (guitar); Charlie McCoy (harmonica); D.J. Fontana (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Steffan Olander; Staffan Olander.
Photographer: Marshall Fallwell.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ringo Starr; Charlie Daniels; Dave Kirby; Chuck Howard; Sorrells Pickard; Jerry Shook; Jerry Kennedy; Ben Keith; Buddy Harman; Charlie McCoy ; George Richey; Grover Lavender; Jim Buchanan; D.J. Fontana; Roy M. "Junior" Husky; Four Jordanaires; Jeannie Kendal; Buddy Harmon.
Released in September 1970, BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES was a huge improvement over Ringo Starr's somewhat awkward solo debut, SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY. Though the pure country music on BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES was presumably quite foreign to most Beatles fans in 1970, in hindsight, this is a fine country-rock album. While Ringo's deadpan voice seemed limited when compared to the voices of his fellow Beatles, it is perfectly suited to the simple melodies and down-to-earth lyrical concerns of the rock-oriented country songs he performs on this album.
Backed by top Nashville musicians like pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake, Charlie Daniels, and several members of Elvis Presley's band, Ringo wrings every ounce of emotion out of such compelling country noir narratives as "Love Don't Last Long" and the Vietnam-era heartbreaker "Silent Homecoming." With BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES, Ringo made a raw, real country-rock album that fits alongside anything Gram Parsons and Mike Nesmith were doing at that time. It remains one of Ringo's finest solo albums.
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