Ringo Starr

Extended Versions

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Shortly after the release of Ringorama, the cheapo Extended Versions slipped in under the radar, almost unnoticed. It's an accumulation of ten selections from the All-Starr Band's 2001 concert in Chicago -- out of running order, with no notes, no credits beyond perfunctory mentions of Sheila E., Greg Lake, Ian Hunter, and Howard Jones, wrong song titles, abruptly edited, short in weight (just under 42 minutes). And yet Ringo and Beatles collectors will want this shabby little package because it actually fills in some gaps that the main CD release of the 2001 tour on Razor-and-Tie, as well as the DVD, leave blank. Lake's numbers were the most substantial guest contributions in the whole show, and this is the only place where one can hear the dead-on-accurate recreation of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's arena hit "Karn Evil 9." Ringo's rendition of "It Don't Come Easy" was on the DVD, but it appears for the first time on CD here. Hunter's ballad "Irene Wilde" (inaccurately listed as "I Still Love Rock 'n' Roll") and Jones' ska-flavored "Everlasting Love" also show up for the first time. Perhaps the most valuable unreleased performance is Sheila E's "A Love Bizarre," in which Ringo is featured in what may have been his first drum solo since "The End" on Abbey Road eons ago. The other five tracks, "Yellow Submarine," "Act Naturally," "Photograph," "With a Little Help > From My Friends," and a shortened version of Sheila E.'s "Glamorous Life" (isn't this album called Extended Versions!) have been out before.

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