Ringo 2012

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Ringo 2012
Studio album by Ringo Starr
Released 30 January 2012 (UK)
31 January 2012 (US)
Recorded 2011, Roccabella West, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 28:55
Label Hip-O, UMe
Producer Ringo Starr, Bruce Sugar
Ringo Starr chronology
Live at the Greek Theatre 2008
(2010)
Ringo 2012
(2012)
Singles from Ringo 2012
  1. "Wings"
    Released: 10 January 2012

Ringo 2012 is the 16th studio album by Ringo Starr, released on 30 January 2012 in the UK and 31 January 2012 in the US. It was released on CD, LP, and digitally by Hip-O Records and UMe.

History[edit]

Starr had considered calling the album Motel California, then Another #9, and finally Wings, before settling on Ringo 2012.[1]

The album was recorded in Los Angeles, and mixed in England, produced by Starr and Bruce Sugar.[2] The title is a reference to Ringo's most successful solo album Ringo, which was released in 1973.[3] The track "Wings" was released as a single few weeks in advance of the album.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Goldmine 3/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[7]
New Zealand Herald 1.5/5[8]
The Observer 2/5 stars[9]
PopMatters 6/10[10]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]

At Metacritic, Ringo 2012 holds an average Metascore of 59 out of 100, based on five professional reviews – which indicates a "mixed or average" reception. The album debuted at number 80 in the US, and at number 181 in the UK, selling 6,348 and 752 copies respectively, as of February 2012.[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Anthem" (Richard Starkey, Glen Ballard) – 5:01
  2. "Wings" (Starkey, Vini Poncia) – 3:31
    • lead single, a re-recording of a song originally released on Ringo the 4th in 1977
  3. "Think It Over" (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 1:48
  4. "Samba" (Starkey, Van Dyke Parks) – 2:48
  5. "Rock Island Line" – 2:59
    • traditional, arrangement by Starkey
  6. "Step Lightly" (Starkey) – 2:44
    • a re-recording of a song originally released on Ringo in 1973
  7. "Wonderful" (Starkey, Gary Nicholson) – 3:47
  8. "In Liverpool" (Starkey, Dave Stewart) – 3:19
  9. "Slow Down" (Starkey, Joe Walsh) – 2:57
DVD edition

Chart performance[edit]

Billboard Album Charts
  • Week 1 – number 80
  • Week 2 – number 192

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ringo Starr – Wings". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Official Ringo Starr Site". Ringostarr.com. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "New Ringo Starr Album, 'Ringo 2012,' to Feature Joe Walsh and Kenny Wayne Shepherd". 7 December 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ringo Star Ringo 2012". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Ringo 2012 by Ringo Starr". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Gaar, Gillian G. (15 April 2013). "Album review of Ringo Starr’s '2012'". Goldmine. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Randy (30 January 2012). "Album review: Ringo Starr's 'Ringo 2012'". Los Angeles Times/Pop & Hiss. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Reid, Graham (21 February 2012). "Album reviews: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Mongredien, Phil (29 January 2012). "Ringo Starr: Ringo 2012 – review". The Observer. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Horowitz, Steve (16 February 2012). "Ringo Starr: Ringo 2012 / Roberta Flack: Let It Be: Roberta Flack Sings the Beatles". PopMatters. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  11. ^ Staunton, Terry (April 2012). "Ringo Starr – Ringo 2012". Record Collector. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon (31 January 2012). "Ringo 2012 | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Jones, Alan (13 February 2012). "Music Week". Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  14. ^ Ringo 2012 (Booklet). Ringo Starr. Hip-O Records, Universal Music Group. 2012. 602527918020.