Just picked up the hybrid, dual disc version (CD one side, DVD other side) and have to say it's a damn good solo effort! Strong singing, melodic songs, very good lyrics and of course a "Beatley sound" on quite a few songs. More enjoyable on first few listens than the last one, "Ringo-rama". Only gave it two spins so far, but there are no songs that are "clunkers". So far highlights for me are; "Fading In, Fading Out", "Give Me Back The Beat", "Oh My Lord" (should be a single)....just realized I'm about to list EVERY song! *LOL* I really do like every song for a change (first for me on a Ringo album)! Also, Mark Hudson is the perfect studio companion
for Ringo. They obviously work well together. This is a fun, good times
cd to play!
The back cover warns "The audio side of this disc does not conform to CD specifications and therefor not all DVD and CD players will play the audio side of the disc"....how true! My portable CD player plays the CD audio side but my DVD/CD player at home won't and comes up as "No Disc". But I'm not worried as the DVD side DOES play and it has the album again in enhanced stereo so I get to hear it on my stereo speakers. There is a cool almost 10 min documentary on the making of the album,
lyrics, etc. Definitely worth getting instead of the regular CD version. Dual discs are very much like the DVD-A disc I have of PET SOUNDS where one side is the DVD stereo versions and other is lyrics and a few of their promo films to view.
Does anyone know if Ringo is releasing a single to promote this album, either in the US or Europe or Japan? If so, what bonus trax are contained on it? I think it's a trend for older artists whose songs won't get played in the Top 40 stations anymore that they don't release singles anymore(?). It's a loss for us collectors as we won't get any bonus non album tracks.
Anyhow, go buy, go enjoy. Lets talk it up about Ringo and this album as there is almost no talk about it on most message boards that I've checked.