Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Former Beatle Ringo Starr's new album

Ringo Starr has return with help from Dave Stewart. Now, I must confess that Beatlemania is something I have never understood, yet, when it comes to the Fab Four release solo album there is just something about them. (See Paul McCartney).

But this Beatle, the release was pushed back to the beginning of 2008; the album was officially released in Europe in the second week of January, 2008.

Mark Hudson was the initial producer of the record but was replaced by Stewart after a falling out with Starr. (The album's production credits read, "Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson; Re-Produced by Ringo Starr and David Stewart." All of the songs but one were written with members of the Roundheads, although Stewart also has several co-writing credits.)

Starr's attorney Bruce Grakal told journalist Peter Palmiere that the partnership between Hudson and Starr was over and they would never work together again. This happened after Hudson dropped out of the 2006 tour as musical director to do the TV show "The One: Making A Music Star".

According to Palmiere, Hudson now claims that the split was over Starr's insistence on using synthesized sounds, for which Stewart is known, whereas Hudson wanted real guitars, pianos, strings etc.

However, about the parting with Hudson, Starr said (in response to Palmiere's report), "The separation between Mark Hudson and myself was a question of trust and friendship and had nothing to do with synthesizers."

Rating: 4 out of 5


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