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Ringo Starr recruits Paul McCartney on new album (Beatles "reunion")
Guardian UK ^ | Friday 20 November 2009 | Sean Michaels

Posted on 11/20/2009 12:16:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise

The two remaining Beatles have teamed up for a duet on Starr's forthcoming solo album, Y Not. It's a band renuion! Sort of ...

Paul McCartney appears on two tracks...

"Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on [new song] Peace Dream," Starr explained. "I played him this other track and Paul said, 'Give me the headphones. Give me a pair of cans'. And he went to the mic and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing better."

The song, Walk With Me, was co-written by Starr and Van Dyke Parks, the 66-year-old arranger who has worked with everyone from the Beach Boys to Joanna Newsom. McCartney's vocals "make it bigger and ... fuller", Starr said. "It makes the song like a conversation between us, and that was Paul's idea to do his part one beat behind me. That's why he's a gen-i-us and an incredible bass player."

McCartney last teamed up with Starr for his 1998 album, Vertical Man, which also featured George Harrison and George Martin. More recently, they appeared together at a transcendental meditation benefit in New York earlier this year. Besides the former Beatle, Y Not's other "gen-i-uses" include Joss Stone, Ben Harper, All Starr bandmate Richard Marx and Ringo's brother-in-law, Joe Walsh

(Ringo)"...suddenly it's another point in your life, and you say, 'I'm going to do this now'. So I'll be producing everything I make from now on. That's the good news. It's a confidence thing, I suppose. And Y Not is really another way of me saying, 'Yes I Can.'" Slogan aside, there is no sign of Barack Obama on Starr's new record.

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TOPICS: History; Music/Entertainment; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: beatlemania; beatles; beatlesreunion; history; thebeatles

1 posted on 11/20/2009 12:16:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: Revolting cat!; 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; ...

Waiting for the reunion of all of the living former Beatles (the band stretches back to the 1950s).

Paul has visited with some of his old bandmates, not others.


2 posted on 11/20/2009 12:19:14 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: a fool in paradise
They should get John and George to participate. Doubt anyone would know the difference.

Yeah, yeah, yeah... so I'm not a Beatles fan. Get over it!
3 posted on 11/20/2009 12:23:42 PM PST by LIConFem
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To: a fool in paradise

Do us all a break - no new recordings, please. Had enough of you guys.


4 posted on 11/20/2009 12:24:49 PM PST by lesko
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To: a fool in paradise

New Ringo Starr LP? I can hardly wait! :-)


5 posted on 11/20/2009 12:25:59 PM PST by jtal
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To: LIConFem

George Martin and John Densmore?


6 posted on 11/20/2009 12:28:49 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: a fool in paradise

I have no interest in a reunion of the two Beatles with the least talent.


7 posted on 11/20/2009 12:29:24 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: trumandogz

You had interest enough to come to the thread like a moth to a flame.


8 posted on 11/20/2009 12:30:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ringo and Paul need to hook up with Pete and Roger.


9 posted on 11/20/2009 12:31:36 PM PST by Drew68
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To: a fool in paradise

Oh My My


10 posted on 11/20/2009 12:31:38 PM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Drew68

Excellent idea.


11 posted on 11/20/2009 12:32:54 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: a fool in paradise

Perhaps they could pull comrade John Lennon’s carcass from the grave. He isn’t doing anything: “Imagine no religion...imagine there’s no heaven...no hell below us”.


12 posted on 11/20/2009 12:34:41 PM PST by aSeattleConservative
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To: a fool in paradise

No, like everyone else, I stated my thought on the matter and again that opinion would be that Ringo and Paul were the least talented of the Fab Four.


13 posted on 11/20/2009 12:34:43 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: a fool in paradise

Ringo couldn’t write a good song if his life depended on it.

Never did, never will.


14 posted on 11/20/2009 12:47:01 PM PST by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The two remaining Beatles and the two remaining members of The Who should join up.

“The Whootles”


15 posted on 11/20/2009 12:49:02 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Bullish
Ringo couldn’t write a good song if his life depended on it.

Oh, I don't know - "Photograph" was OK - or did Harrison write that one for Ringo, don't remember...
16 posted on 11/20/2009 12:49:59 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Disambiguator

Together with Flo & Eddie of the Turtles.


17 posted on 11/20/2009 12:53:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise (I refuse to "reduce my carbon footprint" all while Lenin remains in an airconditioned shrine)
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To: Bullish

The irony of Ringo is he was the oldest and sickliest of the four yet he will probably outlive them all. Regarding Paul, I’ve always thought him the most talented songwriter of the bunch. Problem was, he needed John to cut the sweetness of his music with a little vinegar. Best visual song of my generation was “Penny Lane”, a Paul song.


18 posted on 11/20/2009 12:55:35 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: a fool in paradise

In the meantime, these guys are playing tonight and I’ll be there......

http://www.myspace.com/beatlebutchers


19 posted on 11/20/2009 12:59:15 PM PST by swarthyguy (THERE WILL BE A BLOODBATH - Matthew Hoh/MSNBC on what happens when US leaves)
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To: a fool in paradise
I wonder if they'll change the lyrics to Yesterday...

"...Suddenly, we're only half the band we used to be...."

20 posted on 11/20/2009 1:02:06 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I think Paul, John, George, and Ringo were all very talented. I think it is pointless to attempt to say one is “better” or more “talented” than other.

I do believe that they were all better musicians when they were together as a band and not as individuals. Paul and John’s competition with each other tempered their creative excesses (most of the time - i.e. revolution number 9). George got the short end of things, but his contribution to the band was definitely a positive influence on their sound.

When they separated, the creative balance they had as a band was gone. I mean if Paul had asked you to play with him on a new album, would you have the guts to tell him there was something musical he was doing that you didn’t like? Probably not. It’s hard to argue with legends to their face.


21 posted on 11/20/2009 1:12:17 PM PST by Nevadan
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To: Bullish

well you know.........

It Don’t Come Easy


22 posted on 11/20/2009 1:22:54 PM PST by jbp1 (be nice now)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

There is a British/Irish word for McCartney without Lennon
- SHITE.

Best individual writer was Ray Davies and Waterloo Sunset is a better song than Denny Lane.


23 posted on 11/20/2009 1:29:58 PM PST by Frantzie (Judge David Carter - democrat & dishonorable Marine like John Murtha.)
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To: Nevadan

Well, not to be disagreeable, but if you look at quality and quantity of songs written by either John or Paul, you come away with an admiration for the number of quality songs Paul wrote relative to John. All of this writing was done in a very compressed period of time. I agree, that when the two separated, neither wrote much to match their previous output, but I chalk that up to them being exhausted and played out. It was at the end of the bands string that George really started showing up with his own songs. I am convinced he got his songs recorded because John’s production was simultaneously dropping and they needed to fill an album. My feeling is that John was pretty much played out by the White Album and Paul and to a lesser extent George provided the bulk of the new material on the last two albums. My opinion - just saying.


24 posted on 11/20/2009 1:36:42 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Frantzie

Ray’s music was fun but his work was very uneven. I like the guy, but don’t really feel he is the equal songwriter of either Paul or John. Just sayin.


25 posted on 11/20/2009 1:39:35 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: jbp1
It Don’t Come Easy

A bullfrog could have sung that song better then Ringo.

26 posted on 11/20/2009 2:38:00 PM PST by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: Bullish
Hey! Back Off, Boogaloo!
27 posted on 11/20/2009 3:38:27 PM PST by Othniel (Meddling in human affairs for 1/20 of a millenium......)
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To: Drew68
Ringo and Paul need to hook up with Pete and Roger.

I've been saying that for years. Reunite as the Hootles!

28 posted on 11/20/2009 4:25:34 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: trumandogz

Not even this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWuKimtUEas


29 posted on 11/20/2009 4:29:37 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

I think I agree with your assessment. John was definitely distracted by a lot of things toward the end. As has been said by many others, the Beatles really quit being a band at least a couple of years before they officially broke up. They were all tired of the whole thing.

I agree that on their later records, George started becoming more notable in his compositions. His first solo album, “All Things Must Pass” was his best, in my opinion. After that, not too much interested me in George’s music. Both Paul and John put out some junky albums in the first few years after their break-up.

Your point about John being exhausted is probably true. Didn’t he kind of drop out of the music scene for few years prior to his release of “Double Fantasy”? It seems like he did. I really liked several of his songs on that album - there was a freshness of style. It was such a tragedy what happened to him. I think he was coming out of much of his “angry-political-stupid” phase.

As to Paul, I loved his writing when he was in the Beatles. His solo albums were all pretty disappointing to me. There are maybe a couple of decent songs per album and even those never seemed to match his earlier output.

I miss those Beatle years in the early sixties - when it all was just fun and exciting. It truly is amazing how they grew musically over their career. Kids today are rediscovering them and still love their sound.

Ok, I’ve gone on too long - thanks for the discussion.


30 posted on 11/21/2009 10:16:46 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: trumandogz

Macca was the most gifted musician of the bunch. If Lennon had his way the Beatles would have stuck to 3 chord rock the whole way through.


31 posted on 11/24/2009 12:17:52 AM PST by Borges
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