Thursday, November 18, 2010

"VH1 Storytellers" by Ringo Starr – ****

First released: 1998

Ray Davies of The Kinks originated this series for cable station VH1 and at one point, Ringo made a live appearance with his new group called The Roundheads instead of the usual All-Starr Band format. As a result the TV show and accompanying album and VHS tape are some of the most fun performances made by Ringo with amusing between song patter discussing the origins of many of The Beatles and Ringo’s solo songs. It is the first live appearance for many tunes from Ringo’s recent "Vertical Man" album as well as The Beatles’ "Don’t Pass Me By" and "Octopus’s Garden". One of my favorite Ringo live albums, though I wish the complete concert was included on the CD and I wish the complete show was released to DVD (only "Octopus’s Garden" has been).

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