Blast from Your Past

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Blast from Your Past
Compilation album by Ringo Starr
Released 25 November 1975 (US)
12 December 1975 (UK)
Recorded June 1970 – August 1974
Genre Rock
Length 31:51
Label Apple
Ringo Starr chronology
Goodnight Vienna
Blast from Your Past
Ringo's Rotogravure
Singles from Blast from Your Past
  1. "Oh My My"
    Released: 9 January 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
The Essential Rock Discography 6/10[3]
MusicHound 3/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Blast from Your Past is a compilation album by Ringo Starr, released on Apple Records in 1975. It is both his first compilation LP and his final release under his contract with EMI, It was also the last album to be released on the Beatles' Apple label[6] until it was revived in the 1990s. In 1976, Starr would sign with Atlantic Records in the US and Polydor Records for the rest of the world.


The album compiles eight singles, one B-side, and one album track, released between 1970 and 1975. All eight charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with all but "Beaucoups of Blues" making the top ten. Both "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen" topped the chart, while five of the singles charted in the United Kingdom. "Early 1970" was the flipside to "It Don't Come Easy", and "I'm the Greatest" was taken from the album "Ringo". "Oh My My" and "You're Sixteen" were taken from Ringo as well, and "No No Song" and "Only You (And You Alone)" was taken from Goodnight Vienna; all other singles were released ahead of respective albums or as stand-alone issues.

The song "You're Sixteen" was the sole Ringo Starr track included in a promotional-only various artists compilation album entitled "The Greatest Music Ever Sold" (Capitol SPRO-8511/8512), that was distributed to record stores during the 1976 holiday season as part of Capitol's "Greatest Music Ever Sold" campaign that promoted 15 "Best Of" albums released by the record label. It is not the only Starr song to be included on a various artists title, however, as "It Don't Come Easy" was included in a six-disc boxed set commemorating Capitol Record's sixtieth anniversary that was issued in 2002.


Blast from Your Past provides a well-rounded overview to Starr's musical achievements and productivity as a solo artist during the first half of the 1970s. The album was released in the US on 25 November 1975,[nb 1][8] and 12 December in the UK.[nb 2][9] The latter was released as a red Apple label.[10] Although it failed to chart in the UK (even with releasing "Oh My My", backed with "No No Song", as a UK single on 9 January 1976),[9] it reached number 30 in the US.[7] The sleeve was designed by Roy Kohara.[6] The album was reissued in the US by Capitol Records in September 1981,[nb 3] while in the UK it was released by the budget label Music for Pleasure on 25 November 1981.[nb 4][7] The album was issued in the UK on compact disc on 26 May 1987,[nb 5][11] while in the US on 18 January 1988.[nb 6][10][13]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine)" (Bob Sherman/Richard Sherman) – 2:47
  2. "No No Song" (Hoyt Axton/David Jackson) – 2:29
  3. "It Don't Come Easy" (Richard Starkey) – 3:02
  4. "Photograph" (Harrison/Starkey) – 3:55
  5. "Back Off Boogaloo" (Starkey) – 3:18
Side two
  1. "Only You (And You Alone)" (Buck Ram/Ande Rand) – 3:23
  2. "Beaucoups of Blues" (Buzz Rabin) – 2:32
  3. "Oh My My" (Vini Poncia/Starkey) – 4:17
  4. "Early 1970" (Starkey) – 2:19
    • Previously the B-side to "It Don't Come Easy" in 1971
  5. "I'm the Greatest" (John Lennon) – 3:22

See also[edit]


  1. ^ US Apple SW 3422[7]
  2. ^ UK Apple PCS 7170[7]
  3. ^ US Capitol SN-16236[7]
  4. ^ UK MFP 50524[7]
  5. ^ UK EMI CD-PCS 7170[11]
  6. ^ US Parlophone CDP 7 46663 2[12]
  1. ^ Blast from Your Past at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Reviews: Ringo Starr". Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 1028. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  4. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz (eds), MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 1082.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan, with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Fireside. p. 777. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  8. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  9. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  10. ^ a b 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. 
  11. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 184. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  12. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  13. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 134. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 

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