About this CD
- Release date: January 15, 2007
- Label: Capitol
- Catalog number: 17388
- Produced by Ringo Starr, Mark Hudson, Dave Stewart
- Orchestral Arrangements by Suzie Katayama
- Engineered by Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Bruce Sugar, Ned Douglas
- Mastered by Ted Jensen
- Musicians: Ringo Starr: Organ, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand claps; Gary Burr: Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Whistling, Hand claps; Steve Dudas: Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Classical Guitar, Hand claps; Mark Hudson: Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano, Bongos, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Mellotron, Hand claps; Sean Hurley, Dave Way: Bass; Zac Rae: Keyboards; Bruce Sugar, Brent Carpenter, Keith Allison: Background Vocals, Hand claps
- The new approach (and new producer Dave Stewart) make this one simultaneously more accessible and less shallow than previous outings.
- This is Ringo's look back at his hometown, and what happened when he left it; no small event for Beatlemaniacs.
- Stewart seems to have singlehandedly raised the bar for both Ringo's vocals and songwriting.
- He's still a marginal solo talent -- but he's definitely reaching his peak here.
There is a difference this time out that shows up in more than just the liner notes, however. For his 14th album, Ringo has decided to follow his old mate Paul McCartney's lead and look back at his past. This is smart marketing, of course -- any Beatles' story is inextricably tied to the working-class port town of the title, and the group started looking back with love at childhood at least since Sgt. Pepper -- but Ringo, the oldest Beatle, simply hasn't got that many years left in him, making now as good a time as any to get back to where he once belonged and see what it all means. "Liverpool, I left you," he sings on the title track and first single, developed by Stewart as a coming-to-terms of sorts, complete with a very Beatlesque chamber music feel. "But I never let you down." Could this be Ring's own "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina"? The mind reels.