1831 It Don't Come Easy
Produced by George Harrison (track 1), Ringo (track 2)
Released on April 1971
UK CHART POSITION #4 . . .
US CHART POSITION #4 (charted on May 1, 1971 for 12 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
1831 wo. picture sleeve  

A fter two noncommercial albums, Ringo released the single “It Don’t Come Easy,” the first sign that Ringo might have the makings of a rock star. Adopting a sound that borrowed heavily from George Harrison’s solo work, the song introduced what would come to be called “boogaloo,” rock songs with horn charts and a large, loose cast of players that suggested a party with a mike in the middle. Not for nothing, it was also one of the most fully realized songs that Ringo has ever written, featuring George Harrison on guitar and Ringo himself playing the drums as well as singing. The flip side finds Ringo in the familiar role of country bumpkin, reprising his turn on “Act Naturally” with an open invitation to the rest of The Beatles on “Early 1970.” The pokes at Paul, John and George (as well as himself) are good natured, and happily the invitation was accepted by all three during Ringo’s solo career (George was already on board). Originally a sought-after single, both tracks were later included on the greatest hits compilation Blast From Your Past and, in 1991, the expanded reissue of Ringo. It appears the single was re-released through the ‘70s and ‘80s, a fact I know only through the tireless work of Tim Neely, whose 45 rpm Record Guide is filled with goodies like this. (And, yes, I will scan the labels one of these days so you can track your vinyl through the ages.)

TRACK LISTING

  1. IT DON'T COME EASY    (Richard Starkey)    3:00
  2. EARLY 1970    (Richard Starkey)    2:19

    EMI Golden 45s reissue
  3. IT DON'T COME EASY
  4. BACK OFF BOOGALOO

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1971 Apple 7" R5898 picture sleeve
US April 1971 Apple 7" 1831 picture sleeve
AUSL   Apple 7" 9474  
JPN   Apple 7" AR-2800  
NZ 1971 Apple 7" NZP 3402  
US 1975 Apple 7" 1831 "All rights reserved" on label
US 1976 Capitol 7" 1831 orange label
US 1978 Capitol 7" 1831 purple label
US 1983 Capitol 7" 1831 black label w. colorband
UK May 1984 EMI Golden 45s 7" G4513 picture sleeve, see EMI track listing
US 1988 Capitol 7" 1831 '80s purple label

 

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