Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

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Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
Live album by Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
Released 8 October 1990 (UK)
12 October 1990 (US)
Recorded 3 & 4 September 1989
Genre Rock and roll
Length 56:00
Label EMI (UK)
Rykodisc (US)
Producer Joe Walsh
Ringo Starr chronology
Starr Struck: Best of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band
Time Takes Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Essential Rock Discography 6/10[2]
MusicHound woof![3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

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.

The Album[edit]

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.[5] In 1988, however, he and wife Barbara Bach accepted that they both were suffering from alcoholism and took steps to rehabilitate themselves.[5] Once Starr was sober, he felt the need to work again.[5] Before delving into an album, he wanted to hit the road first – but with a difference.[5] 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.[5]

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.[5] The shows were often sold out and were well received.[5] The performance contained here was recorded on the closing nights of the US tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.[5]

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band was released through EMI on 8 October 1990[6][7] (Starr's first association with his first label since 1975). In the US however, Rykodisc assumed the distribution of the album,[6] releasing it on 12 October 1990.[nb 1][7] Failing to chart, the release would ultimately be deleted some years later. A limited edition deluxe version included a bonus CD with additional songs was released only in the US.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "It Don't Come Easy" (Richard Starkey) – 3:17
  2. "The No–No Song" (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson) – 3:28
  3. "Iko Iko" (Rosa Lee Hawkins, Barbara Ann Hawkins, Joan Marie Johnson, James Crawford) – 6:10
  4. "The Weight" (Robbie Robertson) – 5:57
  5. "Shine Silently" – (Nils Lofgren, Dick Wagner) – 6:45
  6. "Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins) – 2:44
Side two
  1. "You're Sixteen" (Bob Sherman, Dick Sherman) – 2:59
  2. "Quarter to Three" (Frank Guida, Eugene Barge, Joseph Royster, Gary Anderson) – 3:52
  3. "Raining in My Heart" (Buddy Holly) – 5:22
  4. "Will It Go Round in Circles" (Billy Preston) – 4:20
  5. "Life in the Fast Lane" (Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Don Henley) – 6:40
  6. "Photograph" (Richard Starkey, George Harrison) – 4:20
Bonus CD
  1. "It Don't Come Easy" (Richard Starkey) – 3:0
    • Recorded on 4 September 1989. Performed by Ringo
  2. "The Weight" (Robbie Robertson) – 5:45
    • Recorded on 4 September 1989. Performed by Levon Helm
  3. "Rocky Mountain Way" (Rocke Grace, Kenny Pasarelli, Joe Vitale, Joe Walsh) – 7:14
    • Recorded on 3 September 1989. Performed by Joe Walsh
  4. "Act Naturally" (Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison) – 2:45
    • Recorded on 3 September 1989. Performed by Ringo



  1. ^ US Rykodisc RCD5 1019[8]
  1. ^ William Ruhlmann (1990-10-08). "Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band... - Ringo Starr | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 1028. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ a b c Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 
  8. ^ Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7535-0843-5. 

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