Saturday, August 9, 2008

Back Off Boogaloo by Ringo Starr – ****

First released: 1972

With this song Ringo proved he was now a two-hit wonder! Actually he had a few more hits in the next couple of years, but this paved the way for the Ringo album released in 1973. "Boogaloo" escaped inclusion onto an LP until Ringo’s "Blast From Your Past" compilation in 1975 and 2007’s "Photograph" compilation. It was also added to the 1992 CD reissue of "Goodnight Vienna".

A live version appears on 1998’s "VH1 Storytellers" with an amusing anecdote of how this song almost became "Mack the Knife"! Different live versions appear on 2000’s "The Anthology …So Far" and 2002’s "Ringo & His New All-Starr Band".

If you are a fan of Ringo’s drumming, this is the track for you! I love it! I should also mention that an atrocious version by Ringo and Harry Nilsson made it onto Ringo’s "Stop and Smell the Roses" album in 1981, but the less said about that version, the better. On this album and on 2007's "Live at Soundstage", Boogaloo was spelled Bugaloo. I wonder what Sid and Marty Krofft had to say about that?

No comments: