Ringo Starr's first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's Goodnight Vienna is Liverpool 8, available worldwide via CD, download and a USB wristband.
Launched with a hometown performance to commence Liverpool's 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations,
Liverpool 8 contains a title track which "refers to the section of Liverpool where I used to live," explains Ringo. "The song was actually Dave Stewart's idea, as a mini autobiographical travelogue.
Although Starr and Stewart have known each other for years, this is the first time they have collaborated. It began when Dave asked Ringo to lay down some drums on a track Stewart had done with George Harrison. "After I did the drums I asked Dave to add some guitars to my album, which Mark Hudson and I were working on at Mark's Whatinthewhathe? Studio in LA. After Mark and I parted ways, Dave and I took over producing the record," Starr said. Then added in his trademark wit, "and that's why the credits say: Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson and Over-produced by Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart."
Liverpool 8's 12 original tracks were all co-written by Starr and were recorded in England and California.
"The writing of the records is always the same," Ringo explains. "It's the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what's happening." Joining Ringo on the album's songwriting and recording are Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Mark Hudson, Sean Hurley, Zac Rae, and Dave Stewart.
Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll, Ringo continues to play an important role in modern music with his recording and touring. His previous studio album, Choose Love, was released in 2005.
Ringo has said that as time goes on there is more and more of his personality in his music, and the songs on Liverpool 8 feel personal. Ringo's candor, wit and soul are evident in the lyrics and the heartbeat of every song - I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat.
Peace and love are Ringo's primary life beats, and Liverpool 8 propels this universal message in each of its evocative songs.
Here's the Liverpool 8 Track Lineup:
- Liverpool 8
- Think About You
- For Love
- Now That She’s Gone Away
- Gone Are The Days
- Give It A Try
- Tuff Love
- Harry’s Song
- If It’s Love That You Want
- Love Is
- R U Ready?