It is unlikely that anyone has ever routinely played with as strong a cast of musicians as Ringo Starr, and that might even be true if you forget that band he was in. Ever since his third solo record, 1973’s Ringo, he has recruited a mind-boggling list of musicians to back him in the studio and on the road. This trend continues on his newest record, Ringo 2012, which hit stores on Tuesday.
While Starr’s songwriting might not have always been on par with his former peers in The Beatles, his records have always given off a very fun, energetic vibe that seems to correlate with his public persona. For the recording sessions of Ringo 2012, Starr was joined by Joe Walsh, Benmont Tench, Edgar Winter, Charlie Haden, Don Was, Van Dyke Parks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Dave Stewart.
Of the tracks on Ringo 2012, some of the most notable are “Wings,” which includes work from Walsh and Tench, and “Wonderful,” which has some terrific guitar work by Kenny Wayne Sheppard. Starr may have saved the best for last, however, as the album’s final track, “Slow Down,” has some good guitar parts from Joe Walsh and some catchy organ licks from Edgar Winter.
Ringo 2012 is available as a digital download, CD, and vinyl.