Ringo Starr 12/19/19

Ringo Starr‘s 1977 Ringo The 4th album is set for a deluxe vinyl reissue on February 12th. The album, which was the second in Ringo’s deal with Atlantic Records, was the first to not feature contributions from his fellow former Beatles bandmates, but included a clutch of fan favorites composed with his then-current songwriting partner Vini Poncia — who had scored big earlier in the year with Leo Sayer‘s chart-topping single,”You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.”

Ringo The 4th was remastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Los Angeles on 180-gram audiophile vinyl in either gold or “Valentine’s Day” red. The limited edition audiophile album “will also be housed in a first time gatefold cover which also includes rare photos and lyrics not seen in years.”

Ringo Starr’s one-time fiancee Nancy Andrews recalled to us one day around the time of the 1977 Ringo The 4th sessions that she and Ringo bumped into Paul and Linda McCartney on New York’s Fifth Avenue:: [“We were like window shopping and walking through and then we were walking back to the hotel and all of a sudden we hear, ‘Hey Ringo!’ And (Ringo) said ‘Don’t turn around, it’s probably a fan, don’t turn around’ — and I couldn’t resist. And I turn around and across the street it’s Paul and Linda waving! I said, ‘It’s Paul!’ he said, ‘You’re kidding.’ So we stop and he runs across Fifth Avenue. As silly as those lads are, y’know, (they said) ‘Let’s all join hands!’ We almost did the Monkee thing, you know? And we all joined hands and started walking and the photographer was going click, click, click.”] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . click click click)

For both Ringo and the majority of the Beatles’ fanbase, Ringo The 4th album saw the quality in Ringo’s work dip far bellow his usual standards — with the drummer explaining was entirely due to his substance abuse: [“In the end, I mean, if you listen to anything I did — or T.V. interviews — I was gone. And I would go to the premiere with a bottle of. . .y’know, (a) Coca-Cola bottle in my pocket, but loaded with cognac, and they’d day, ‘Oh, he’s just drinking Coca-Cola.’ You would maintain while you were out the house and then you. . .  For me, I ended up, I just had to get home so I could really put one on.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . put one on)

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Ringo Starr‘s 1977 Ringo The 4th album is set for a deluxe vinyl reissue on February 12th.
  • The album was remastered on 180-gram audiophile vinyl in either gold or “Valentine’s Day” red, is housed in a first time gatefold cover, and includes rare photos and lyrics not seen in years.

FAST FACTS

  • Ringo The 4th was Ringo Starr‘s worst charting album to date upon release.
  • The album, which was released on September 26th, 1977, stalled at #162 on the Billboard charts; #192 on Cash Box; and #178 on the Record World listings.
  • Only the album’s first single, “Wings,” made any appearance on the charts, with only Record World bothering to notice how big a flop it was when it crept into the Top 200 singles chart at #119.
  • Ringo would re-record the track on his recent Ringo 2012 album.