SW 3422 Blast From Your Past
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Released on November 25, 1975
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E very time I think of this album, I see red. Not because of the music; you couldn’t find a friendlier collection. It’s that red Apple label. It’s just... unnatural. Anyway, nuff bout that. This is the first official greatest hits album from Ringo, released around the same time as Shaved Fish and followed by The Best of George Harrison and, later, Wings Greatest. If memory serves, all of these were released around the holidays (jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way to the bank). Ringo’s roundup includes “Back Off Boogaloo” and both sides of the “It Don’t Come Easy” single, so collectors should be happy. And, of course, there are the real honest-to-goodness hits: “Photograph,” “Oh My My,” “No No Song,” “You’re Sixteen.” Probably all of the Ringo Starr you’ll ever need. If you demand more, there’s “Only You” and “Beaucoups of Blues.” Apple even thought enough to toss in a great album track, “I’m The Greatest,” from a certain feller named John. Is ten songs a little chintzy? Maybe. But what a wonderful world we live in where you can ask if Ringo’s oeuvre is underrepresented. (Oeuvre, under, get it? Of course you do.) To date, none of the other compilations (and pity Starr Struck for getting stuck with what came after) hold a candle to this Blast. In fact, I’d even give this the nod over Shaved Fish (take that, “Cold Turkey”) and The Best of George (as if I needed someone to remind me). Could it clip Wings Greatest? Well, let’s not get carried away. After all, we’d need to sweep “Back Off Boogaloo,” “Early 1970” and “Beaucoups of Blues” under the carpet first. But this record is more than Ringo’s best, it’s what best about Ringo. The limited voice, the lovable oldies, the laudable originals, Ringo was the real dark horse of the group. If you haven’t heard these songs in a while, giddyup and get ‘em here.

SW 3422 back cover SW 3422 lyric sleeve
SW 3422 back cover SW 3422 lyric sleeve


  1. YOU'RE SIXTEEN    (Richard Sherman/Robert Sherman)    2:50
  2. NO NO SONG    (Hoyt Axton/David Jackson)    2:30
  3. IT DON'T COME EASY    (Richard Starkey)    3:00
  4. PHOTOGRAPH    (Richard Starkey/George Harrison)    3:58
  5. BACK OFF BOOGALOO    (Richard Starkey)    3:21
  6. ONLY YOU (AND YOU ALONE)    (Buck Ram/Andre Rand)    3:16
  7. BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES    (Buzz Rabin)    2:33
  8. OH MY MY    (Vini Poncia/Richard Starkey)    4:17
  9. EARLY 1970    (Richard Starkey)    2:19
  10. I'M THE GREATEST    (John Lennon)    3:23


Roy Kohara -- art direction
Emerson/Loew -- photography
Daniel Catherine -- photo special effects

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US November 25, 1975 Apple LP SW 3422 lyric sleeve
UK/BARB December 12, 1975 Apple LP PCS 7170  
AUS'L 1975 Apple LP PCTC-7170 lyric sleeve
BRA   Apple LP 1037  
ITA 1975? Apple LP 3C 064-06008 lyric sleeve
JPN 1976 Apple LP EAS-80403 lyric sleeve
US 1970s Capitol LP SN-16236  
UK November 1981 Music for Pleasure LP 50524  
US   Capitol CD 46663  


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