Choose Love

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Choose Love
RingoStarrChooseLoveCDCover.jpg
Cover photo by Barbara Starkey
Studio album by
Released7 June 2005 (US)
25 July 2005 (UK)
RecordedMid 2004–early 2005
GenreRock
Length44:36
LabelKoch (US)
CNR (UK)
ProducerRingo Starr, Mark Hudson
Ringo Starr chronology
Tour 2003
(2004)
Choose Love
(2005)
Ringo Starr and Friends
(2006)
Singles from Choose Love
  1. "Fading In Fading Out"
    Released: 2005 (promo only)

Choose Love is the 14th studio album by Ringo Starr, released in 2005.

Background and recording[edit]

Recorded throughout 2004 into 2005, using the same team that created Vertical Man (1998) and Ringo Rama (2003), Starr produced the set with longtime musical partner Mark Hudson and performed it with their studio team. The title track has a Beatles-like "Day Tripper" guitar riff with a coda similar to "The Word" and mentions the Beatles songs "The Long and Winding Road", "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "What Goes On". As ever, a Starr album would be lacking if it did not include some celebrity guests and Choose Love does not deviate from the formula; it features Billy Preston and Chrissie Hynde as its most notable guests.

Release[edit]

Choose Love was released on 7 June 2005 in the US,[nb 1] and on 25 July in the UK.[1] There was an edition of the album that was a dual disc (CD on side, DVD on the other), with the DVD component featuring bonus features on the making of the album.[nb 2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
entertainment.ie3/5 stars[4]
The Essential Rock Discography5/10[5]
The Music Box3/5 stars[6]
Star-News(favorable)[7]

Choose Love failed to chart in both the UK and US, where both Vertical Man and Ringo Rama had seen a measure of commercial success. The album received strong reviews upon its release and preceded another promotional tour with Starr and his studio band, called "The Roundheads".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fading In Fading Out"3:55
2."Give Me Back the Beat"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
  • Steve Dudas
  • Dean Grakal
3:53
3."Oh My Lord"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
  • Dudas
  • Grakal
5:32
4."Hard to Be True"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
3:27
5."Some People"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
  • Dudas
  • Grakal
3:17
6."Wrong All the Time"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
3:30
7."Don't Hang Up" (featuring Chrissie Hynde)
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
3:27
8."Choose Love"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
3:07
9."Me and You"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Dudas
2:15
10."Satisfied"
3:19
11."The Turnaround"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
  • Dudas
  • Grakal
3:54
12."Free Drinks"
  • Starkey
  • Hudson
  • Burr
  • Dudas
  • Grakal
4:45

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[8]

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ US Koch KOC-CD-550
  2. ^ US Koch KOC-CD-9919
Citations
  1. ^ Jackson, Andrew Grant (2012). Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-8108-8223-2.
  2. ^ Choose Love at AllMusic
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 1984. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ "Ringo Starr – Choose Love". entertainment.ie. 28 July 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 1028. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9.
  6. ^ Metzger, John. "Ringo Starr – Choose Love (Album Review)". Musicbox-online.com.
  7. ^ "New CD Releases". Star-News. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  8. ^ Choose Love (Booklet). Ringo Starr. Koch, Koch Entertainment LP. 2005. KOC-CD-9919, KOC-CD-9950.CS1 maint: others (link)