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Clapton Guests On "Ringo Rama"

Published // 31.Jan.03

As announced here on whereseric.com last year, Eric Clapton has participated in recording the tribute "Never Without You" to George Harrison on Ringo Starr's upcoming album. It hits radio airwaves on 17 February 2003. The CD hits store shelves 25 March. In addition to that track, Clapton guests on "Imagine Me There" for the legendary Beatles drummer.

PRESS RELEASE / KOCH RECORDS:

Ringo Rama, the upcoming solo album from Ringo Starr, is due March 25 from Koch Records. The project features guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, Willie Nelson, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Shawn Colvin, .....

Mark Hudson, who has worked with everyone from Aerosmith to the Baha Men and O-Town, produced the album. Others on the Starr team include musicians and songwriters Gary Burr (guitar), Dean Grakal (lyricist), Steve Dudas (guitar), Jim Cox (keyboards), and Gary Nicholson (guitar).

Together they've come up with what's described as an "infectious and intimate" album. "There is a lot of me in these songs," Starr said in a statement. "As time goes on, my personality is coming out more and more in the music. On this album my drumming is more dynamic, I'm more to the front, I think I'm singing better and I believe we're writing better songs."

The album's first single will be "Never Without You", a tribute to Starr's late Beatles mate George Harrison that features a guitar solo by Clapton.

In a statement, Starr said the song is "my way...to say how much George meant to me and how much he will be remembered...I really wanted (Clapton) on this song because George loved Eric, and Eric loved George. I wanted Eric to come and play that solo because I only wanted people on the track who George knew and loved."

Written by Starr, Ringo Rama producer Mark Hudson, and Gary Nicholson, the song's chorus tells Harrison that "your song will play on/Without you/And this world/Won't forget/About you/Every part of you was in your song...'Here Comes The Sun' is about you."

Starr said he also tried to pay tribute to his other late bandmate, John Lennon, and good friend Harry Nilsson in the song, but that "it got too busy."

The song will be released to radio on February 17.

Ringo Rama was recorded mostly in England, although some work was done at Hudson's studio in Los Angeles. The first song, "Eye To Eye," makes a sonic reference to "It Don't Come Easy," Starr's first solo hit from 1971, while "Elizabeth Reigns" was inspired by Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee celebrations, which took place last June while Starr was recording the album.

Other songs on Ringo Rama include: "I Think Therefore I Rock & Roll" (with Gilmour), "Missouri Loves Company" (with Gilmour), "English Garden," "Write One For Me" (with Nelson), "Memphis In Your Mind," and "I Really Love Her," a short bonus track included on the end of the album.

Starr will tour this summer with a new edition of his All-Starr Band that includes 2001 All-Starr drummer Sheila E., Men At Work frontman Colin Hay on guitar, ex-Babys/Bad English frontman and solo star John Waite on bass, and Squeeze/Mike + the Mechanics keyboardist-vocalist Paul Carrack. More members of the band and tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

TRACK LIST 
Eye to Eye
Missouri Loves Company (feat. David Gilmour)
Instant Amnesia (feat. David Gilmour)
Memphis In Your Mind
Never Without You (feat. Eric Clapton)
Imagine Me There (feat. Eric Clapton)
I Think Therefore I Rock and Roll (feat. David Gilmour)
Trippin' On My Own Tears (feat. Shwan Colvin)
Write One For Me (feat. Willie Nelson)
What Love Wants To Be
Love First, Ask Questins Later
Elizabeth Reigns (feat. Van Dyke Parks)
English Garden
+ (I Really Love Her)