Ringo Starr – Beaucoups of Blues

ARTIST: Ringo Starr             220px-BeaucoupsBCover

TITLE: Beaucoups of Blues

YEAR RELEASED: 1970

CHART ACTION: #65

SINGLES: Beaucoups of Blues (#87)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really

LINEUP: Ringo and lots and lots of Nashville Cats

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Ringo goes country, which shouldn’t have been a surprise, really.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Several of the songs that Ringo sang for the Beatles have their roots in country or rockabilly, so the fact that Ringo went country for a solo album shouldn’t have been a surprise.

It was a run-of-the-mill country album for the time, with some decent songs (the title cut and “$15 Draw” especially) and expert playing by the Nasvhille session players. Ringo’s voice is well suited for this.

It’s worth keeping in the catalog more as a curio than anything. Ringo’s solo work is spotty, but this is decent enough.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The songs were all written for Ringo. This also wasn’t the first solo album for Ringo. Early in 1970 Ringo released Sentimental Journey, an album of standards he recorded ‘for his mum’.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A B-side and a jam.

GRADE: C+: Not bad, really, but not exceptional and more for fans than anything.

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