Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

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Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
Live album by
Released8 October 1990 (UK)
12 October 1990 (US)
Recorded3 & 4 September 1989
VenueThe Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California
LabelEMI (UK)
Rykodisc (US)
Ringo Starr chronology
Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
Time Takes Time
Singles from Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
  1. "It Don't Come Easy"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
The Essential Rock Discography6/10[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[5]

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band is Ringo Starr's first official live album, and the first album recorded with his All-Starr Band, recorded in 1989 during his successful comeback tour and released in 1990. It was also Starr's first release of unheard material in seven years.


After taking a hiatus from his solo career following 1983's Old Wave, Starr spent the next few years making TV appearances and guesting on other artists' recordings and gigs, as well as recording an album that would remain unissued.[6] In 1988, however, he and wife Barbara Bach accepted that they both were suffering from alcoholism and took steps to rehabilitate themselves.[6] Once Starr was sober, he felt the need to work again.[6] Before delving into an album, he wanted to hit the road – but with a difference.[6] Always one to include friends, Starr formed the All-Starr Band, an ever-changing live line-up of musicians that would back Starr up, in addition to each performing a song or two themselves.[6]

Booking himself on the road from July to September 1989, Starr was accompanied by Dr. John, Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, the Band's Levon Helm and Rick Danko, Nils Lofgren, Clarence Clemons, and session drummer Jim Keltner.[6] The shows were often sold out and were well received.[6] The performance contained here was recorded on the closing nights of the US tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.[6]


Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band was released through EMI on 8 October 1990[7][8] (Starr's first association with his first label since 1975). In the US however, Rykodisc assumed the distribution of the album,[7] releasing it on 12 October 1990.[nb 1][8] Failing to chart, the release would be deleted some years later.

The song "It Don't Come Easy" was released as a single from the album, backed with "The Weight" two non-album tracks "Rocky Mountain Way" (sung by Joe Walsh) and "Act Naturally" (sung by Ringo).

A limited edition deluxe version of the album that included a bonus CD single was released only in the US.[8]

Another song from the same performances as the album, "With a Little Help from My Friends", was released on the compilation album Nobody's Child: Romanian Angel Appeal.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Featured artistLength
1."It Don't Come Easy"Richard StarkeyRingo Starr3:17
2."No No Song"
3."Iko Iko"
  • Rosa Lee Hawkins
  • Barbara Ann Hawkins
  • Joan Marie Johnson
  • James Crawford
Dr. John6:10
4."The Weight"Robbie RobertsonLevon Helm and Rick Danko5:57
5."Shine Silently"Nils Lofgren6:45
6."Honey Don't"Carl PerkinsStarr2:44
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Featured artistLength
1."You're Sixteen"Starr2:59
2."Quarter to Three"Clarence Clemons3:52
3."Raining in My Heart"Buddy HollyDanko5:22
4."Will It Go Round in Circles"Billy PrestonBilly Preston4:20
5."Life in the Fast Lane"Joe Walsh6:40



  1. ^ US Rykodisc RCD5 1019[9]
  1. ^ William Ruhlmann (8 October 1990). "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band... - Ringo Starr | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th edn). London: Omnibus Press. p. 1984. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.
  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), pp. 1082–83.
  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 c d e f g h Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. pp. 130–139. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5.
  7. ^ a b Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970–2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 978-0-7119-8307-6.
  8. ^ a b c Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5.
  9. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5.

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