We’ve already one Beatles Day here in the 2017 PopCult Gift Guide, but it’s my blog, and I’m a confirmed Beatles Freak, so today we have three more gift suggestions for the Beatlemaniac on your holiday shopping list. We kick it off with the new album by Ringo Starr, Give More Love.
Give More Love is Ringo’s 19th studio album and it features special guests Paul McCartney, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Don Was, Richard Marx, Steve Lukather and more. Four of the fourteen songs are new renditions of previously released tracks like “Photograph” and “You Can’t Fight Lightning.”
This is a solid, likeable album that finds Ringo’s voice stronger than it’s ever been as he tackles rock, country and more with the confidence befitting a Beatle.
Recorded at Ringo’s home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends including: “We’re on the Road Again,” a rocker featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather; “Laughable,” a tune co-written and performed with Peter Frampton as well as Benmont Tench, Timothy B. Schmit, Richard Page and Amy Keys; “Show Me the Way,” co-written and performed with Steve Lukather and with Paul McCartney contributing; “Speed of Sound” co-written with Richard Marx and featuring Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton and Nathan East; “Standing Still” was co-written with Gary Burr; “King of the Kingdom,” including performances by Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter; “Electricity,” co-written with Glen Ballard and featuring Joe Walsh and Don Was; the country-tinged “So Wrong For So Long,” co-written and performed with Dave Stewart; “Shake It Up,” a rockabilly raver co-written and performed with Gary Nicholson and including Don Was and Edgar Winter; and “Give More Love,” co-written with Gary Nicholson including Timothy B. Schmit and All Starrs Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.
Give More Love also has four bonus tracks: “Back Off Boogaloo,” “You Can’t Fight Lightning,” “Photograph” and “Don’t Pass Me By.” This version of “Back Off Booglaloo” is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. He recently discovered the tape when he moved houses and after much research discovered that the unidentified guitarist on the track was himself. The other three bonus tracks are collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love Birthday event. Alberta Cross performed “You Can’t Fight Lightning” and Vandaveer performed “Photograph” and “Don’t Pass Me By.” Ringo loved their renditions so much that he asked them to each record them for his new album, adding his own vocals.
Give More Love is a fun treat for any fan of the Fab Four who wants to hear new music by one (or more) of their heroes. You can find it anywhere new music is sold, or take the easy route and get it from Amazon.