WHAT'S MY NAME Ringo Starr UMC 25th October 2019
1. Gotta Get Up To Get Down 2. It's Not Love That You Want 3. Grow Old With Me 4. Magic 5. Money 6. Better Days 7. Life Is Good 8. Thank God For Music 9. Send Love Spread Peace 10. What's My Name
Two years on from Ringo Starr's last album 'Give More Love he releases his 20th studio album What's My Name including Ringo's version of John Lennon's Grow Old With Me.
First impressions are that this is one of Ringo's best albums.
Secondly, it rocks and there's some quality lead guitar playing especially by brother in law Joe Walsh and All Starr Band mate Steve Lukather of Toto.
The album contains ten songs, six co-written by Ringo, two cover versions, Money and Grow Old With Me. Better Days written by Sam Hollander, a name you'll find on the credits of songs he's written for everybody from Tom Jones to One Direction and finally the title track is written by All Starr Band member Colin Hay.
There's some fine songs on 'What's My Name' including the cover of John Lennon's unfinished classic ' What Grow Old With Me'. What makes this version of the Milk and Honey track so special is that Paul McCartney plays bass guitar and sings backing vocals, although they're that far back in the mix you can hardly hear them!
The album's opener Gotta Get Up To Get Down is a bit of a strange one unless you're use to hearing Joe Walsh rap! The next three songs It's Not Love That You Want, Grow Old With Me and Magic set the tone for the album in that they're three of Ringo's best.
After the hiccup of a disappointing version of Money where Ringo uses auto-tune on the classic Beatles cover, its plain sailing as Better Days, Life Is Good, Thank God For Music, (not as bad as the title suggests), Send Love Spread Peace (a decent peace song) and Ringo's new anthem and album closer What's My Name.
Ringo has had a good run of decent albums during his 70's with Y Not, Postcards From Paradise and Give More Love especially worth checking out if you haven't already done so. Here's to solo album number 21...