Old Wave

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Old Wave
Studio album by Ringo Starr
Released 16 June 1983
Recorded 23 July 1978,
Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen
February, 6 – 16 April, May–July 1982,
Starling Studios, Ascot
Genre Rock
Length 36:52
Label Bellaphon (Germany)
RCA (Canada)
Producer Joe Walsh
Russ Ballard
Ringo Starr chronology
Stop and Smell the Roses
(1981)
Old Wave
(1983)
Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2
(1989)
Singles from Old Wave
  1. "In My Car"
    Released: 16 June 1983 (Germany only)
  2. "I Keep Forgettin'"
    Released: 1984 (Mexico only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
MusicHound 2/5 stars[2]

Old Wave is the ninth solo studio album by The Beatles' former drummer, Ringo Starr. The album was released in 1983, on the label Bellaphon Records, and is the two-year follow-up to his 1981 album Stop and Smell the Roses.

Background and recording[edit]

After John Lennon's murder in late 1980, Starr returned home to England to live at Tittenhurst Park, which Starr had previously purchased from Lennon in 1973.[3] In early 1982, Starr was eager to move on to his next solo project. Deciding that he needed more consistency this time around, he would work with only one producer, Joe Walsh,[1] a former member of the recently disbanded Eagles.[4] Walsh and Starr had known each other since the mid-1970s, having met and befriended each other in Los Angeles. Walsh immediately agreed to work with Starr and they met at Tittenhurst in February to begin writing material.[5] Recording shortly afterwards begun and instrumental backing tracks for seven songs were recorded at Startling Studios,[6] after Starr had previously converted Lennon's recording studio.[4] Engineering duties were handled by Jim Nipor.[5] These sessions were mainly done with a team consisting of Starr on drums and percussion, Walsh on guitar and backing vocals, Mo Foster on bass and keyboardists Gary Brooker and Chris Stainton.[6]

Sessions came to a halt when Walsh and Nipor went to California on 19 March.[6] Sessions recommenced on 6 April[4] for a few days until 16 April.[3] On 15 April, Rolling Stone broke the news that Starr was "in London working on a new album with Joe Walsh acting as the producer."[3] Lead vocals were laid down from 19 to 23 April.[6] Sometime in May, Starr requested permission to build a new building on his Tittenhurst Park land, which he would use for video and recording purposes, from Windsor and Maidenhead District Council.[3] Sessions resumed from 31 May until 10 June; the next day, taking the masters recorded up to that point with him, Starr and his wife Barbara Bach fly from London to Los Angeles, and return on 14 June.[3] The album was finished with a third batch of sessions from 24 June into early July.[3]

"Everybody's in a Hurry But Me" came about from a jam session between The Who's former bassist, John Entwistle, Drummer and percussionist Ray Cooper and also Cream's former guitarist, Eric Clapton.[7] "As Far as We Can Go", the final track on the album, was originally recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23 July 1978.[8]

Release and aftermath[edit]

The album was originally titled It Beats Sleep.[3][9] The album cover was taken in a booth in northern England.[5] As Starr's RCA contract had been cancelled, he needed to find a new label for Old Wave. Though it was just over a decade after The Beatles' dissolution, no major UK or US record company was interested in signing him. Starr would not accept that and was determined to have Old Wave released any way he could. The album was due to be released on the Boardwalk label, but never appeared due to the death of the label's head, Neil Bogart.[1][10] RCA Canada ended up distributing the album in June 1983 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Brazil;[1] while in Germany, the album and lone single pulled from it, both released on 16 June,[11] appeared on the Bellaphon label.[nb 1][12] The Canadian release of the album occurred on 24 June.[nb 2][11] However, Old Wave failed to achieve success in any of these territories, and would be Starr's last studio album until 1992's Time Takes Time. The two singles pulled from the album: one in Germany, "In My Car", backed with "As Far as We Can Go",[nb 3][13] and the other in Mexico ("I Keep Forgettin'" b/w "She's About a Mover").

Walsh's 1987 album Got Any Gum? included a cover of "In My Car", which was released as a single and became a moderate hit. Four tracks from the album appear on Starr's US compilation Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2 in 1989.[3] The album was reissued on CD, on the same day as Stop and Smell the Roses (1981), in the US by The Right Stuff on 22 August 1994.[nb 4][15] A further release, on 6 September, as both CD and cassette deluxe editions, included a bonus track,[15] the original 1978 version of "As Far as We Can Go".[9] "In My Car" was re-released, this time on yellow vinyl, with "She's About a Mover" as the B-side, on The Right Stuff on 1 November 1994. A promotional CD was released in 1994 by Capitol, featuring three songs from both Old Wave and Stop and Smell the Roses.[nb 5][6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In My Car"   Joe Walsh, Richard Starkey, Mo Foster, Kim Goody 3:13
2. "Hopeless"   Walsh, Starkey 3:17
3. "Alibi"   Walsh, Starkey 4:00
4. "Be My Baby"   Walsh 3:44
5. "She's About a Mover" (Sir Douglas Quintet cover) Doug Sahm 3:52
6. "I Keep Forgettin'" (Chuck Jackson cover) Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 4:18
7. "Picture Show Life"   John Reid, John Slate 4:21
8. "As Far as We Can Go"   Russ Ballard 3:52
9. "Everybody's in a Hurry But Me"   Walsh, Starkey, John Entwistle, Eric Clapton, Chris Stainton 2:35
10. "Going Down"   Walsh, Starkey 3:34
Bonus track on the 1994 re-issue
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "As Far as We Can Go (Original Version)"   Ballard 5:33

Personnel[edit]

  • Ringo Starr - Lead vocals (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Drums (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10), Percussion (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10), Backing vocals (Tracks 10)
Additional personnel
  • Joe Walsh - Guitar (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10), Synthesizer (Track 8), Harmonica (Track 10), Backing vocals, (Track 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Waddy Wachtel - Lead Guitar (Tracks 7, 10), Harmonica (Track 10)
  • Eric Clapton - Guitar (Track 9)
  • Kal David - Guitar (Track 5)
  • Sherwood Ball - Guitar (Track 5)
  • Peter Bunetta - Drums (Track 5)
  • Russ Kunkel - Drums (Track 6)
  • Mo Foster - Bass (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), Backing vocals (Track 10)
  • Freebo - Tuba (Track 5), Bass (Track 5)
  • John Entwistle - Bass (Track 9)
  • Kenny Edwards - Bass (Track 10)
  • Chris Stainton - Keyboards (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10), Piano (Track 9)
  • Gary Brooker - Keyboards (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10), Backing vocals (Track 10)
  • Joe Vitale - Piano (Track 8), Backing vocals (Track 8)
  • Bruce MacPherson - Organ (Track 5)
  • David Wooford - Saxophone (Track 5)
  • Lee Thornburg - Trumpet (Track 5)
  • Garrett Adkins - Trombone (Track 5)
  • Ray Cooper - Percussion (Track 6, 9)
  • Sam Clayton - Percussion (Track 5)
  • Joe Lala - Percussion (Track 5)
  • Jocko Marcellino - Percussion (Track 5)
  • Mark Easterling - Backing vocals (Tracks 1, 7)
  • Steve Hess - Backing vocals (Tracks 1, 7)
  • Patrick Maroshek - Backing vocals (Tracks 1, 7)
  • Barbara Bach - Backing vocals (Track 10)
Production
Engineering
  • David DeVore - Engineer
  • Jim Nipar - Engineer

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Germany Bellaphon 260.16.029[12]
  2. ^ Canada RCA DXL 1–3233[12]
  3. ^ Germany Bellephon 100.16.012[13]
  4. ^ US The Right Stuff T2-29675[14]
  5. ^ The Old Wave tracks were: "Be My Baby", "In My Car" and "She's About a Mover".[6]
Citations
  1. ^ a b c d Ruhlmann, William. "Old Wave – Ringo Starr : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 1083.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970–2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 978-0-7119-8307-6. 
  4. ^ a b c Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  5. ^ a b c Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  7. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  8. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 124. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  9. ^ a b Calkin, Graham. "Old Wave". Jpgr.co.uk. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  11. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 130. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  12. ^ a b c Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  13. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 223. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  14. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  15. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5.