Choose Love

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Choose Love
Cover photo by Barbara Starkey
Studio album by Ringo Starr
Released 7 June 2005 (US)
25 July 2005 (UK)
Recorded Mid 2004–early 2005
Genre Rock
Length 44:36
Label Koch (US)
Producer Ringo Starr, Mark Hudson
Ringo Starr chronology
Tour 2003
Choose Love
Ringo Starr and Friends
Singles from Choose Love
  1. "Fading In Fading Out"
    Released: 2005 (promo only)

Choose Love is the fourteenth 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, Choose Love has a Beatles-like Day Tripper guitar riff 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.


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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2] 3/5 stars[3]
The Essential Rock Discography 5/10[4]
The Music Box 3/5 stars[5]
Star-News (favorable)[6]

Choose Love failed to chart in the UK and even in the 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]

All songs by Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, and Dean Grakal, except where noted.

  1. "Fading In Fading Out" (Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Gary Burr) – 3:55
  2. "Give Me Back the Beat" – 3:53
  3. "Oh My Lord" – 5:32
  4. "Hard to Be True" (Starkey, Hudson, Burr) – 3:27
  5. "Some People" – 3:17
  6. "Wrong All the Time" (Starkey, Hudson, Burr) – 3:30
  7. "Don't Hang Up" (Starkey, Hudson, Burr) – 3:27
  8. "Choose Love" (Starkey, Hudson, Burr) – 3:07
  9. "Me and You" (Starkey, Hudson, Steve Dudas) – 2:15
  10. "Satisfied" (Starkey, Hudson, Gary Nicholson) – 3:19
  11. "The Turnaround" – 3:54
  12. "Free Drinks" – 4:45
    • includes a brief untitled hidden musical piece following the track's end


Personnel per booklet.[7]


  1. ^ US Koch KOC-CD-550
  2. ^ US Koch KOC-CD-9919
  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. ^ "Ringo Starr – Choose Love". 28 July 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 1028. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  5. ^ Metzger, John. "Ringo Starr – Choose Love (Album Review)". 
  6. ^ "New CD Releases". Star-News. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Choose Love (Booklet). Ringo Starr. Koch, Koch Entertainment LP. 2005. KOC-CD-9919, KOC-CD-9950.