46525 Extended Versions
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Released on April 1, 2003
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K ronomyth 19+1: 2001 X10’D. Apparently someone at BMG Special Products needs to go through company re-orientation again. The whole idea of the Extended Versions series (its raisin debt, if you will) is to repackage latter-day live albums in an edited version without adding one iota of value while duping unsuspecting consumers into thinking that they’re getting just the opposite. You wake up in the morning and assume the sun will rise, the Nets will stink and BMG’s Extended Versions will contain the same crap that’s already out there only less of it, and then something like THIS happens. Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band’s Extended Versions contains five songs that are unique to this compact disc. Of course, this news will only be of interest to Ringo completists; the remaining ninety-nine-point-nine-to-infinity percent of the population doesn’t care about the retelling of a tepid evening with Ringo thumbing through the same six or so Beatles songs he can reasonably lay claim to. The cavalcade of stars this time includes Sheila Escovedo, Ian Hunter, Howard Jones and Greg Lake; one track from each of those performers is exclusive to this disc, as is Ringo’s version of “It Don’t Come Easy.” Highlights include Greg Lake’s evergreen “Karn Evil 9,” Ian Hunter’s “Irene Wilde” (inexplicably credited here as “I Still Love Rock N’ Roll”) and, in case you missed them the first time, Ringo’s “Photograph” and Sheila E.’s “Glamorous Life.” Honestly, as a performer, Ringo is the lamest of the lot. To say he walks through these arrangements is a kindness; limps is more like it. I’m sure the prospect of singing “With A Little Help From My Friends” for the billionth time isn’t very exciting, but if Greg Lake can sing “Karn Evil 9” like it still means something, then Ringo should be able to hand in a passable version of “Yellow Submarine,” right? If you’re interested, the original disc from the 2001 concert (recorded in Chicago) contains more songs including a few from Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson, although I can’t imagine either disc would be essential to your collection.

TRACK LISTING

  1. YELLOW SUBMARINE    2:54
  2. KARN EVIL 9    5:28
  3. IT DON'T COME EASY    2:56
  4. I STILL LOVE ROCK N' ROLL (IRENE WILDE)    4:34
  5. ACT NATURALLY    2:28
  6. PHOTOGRAPH    3:40
  7. LOVE BIZARRE    4:03
  8. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS    4:58
  9. EVERLASTING LOVE    5:11
  10. GLAMOROUS LIFE    5:08

CREDITS

RINGO STARR-- vocals, drums
SHEILA ESCOVEDO -- vocals (7,10)
IAN HUNTER -- vocals (4)
HOWARD JONES -- vocals (9)
GREG LAKE -- vocals (2)
MARK RIVERA -- sax, etc.
Dana Renert -- art direction
David K. Kessler -- design
Paul Natkin -- photo

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US April 1, 2003 BMG Special Products CD/CS 46525  

 

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