I just saw Ringo & The All-Starr Band last night in Canandaigua, NY- Great show!!
So in honor of my wave of Ringo love...
My fave remains the impeccable "Ringo" album, but not far behind it at all would be "Time Takes Time".
Then there is a log jam of albums not far behind those two at all, I think they are all terrific and they'd be, in no particular order either... "Vertical Man", "Choose Love", "Ringo Rama", & "Liverpool 8". The last two that I really like would be next & they'd be "Goodnight Vienna" & "Beaucoups Of Blues".
After that are the so-so albums..."Rotogravure", "Y Not", "Old Wave" & "Stop & Smell The Roses".
Then we hit the skids with "Ringo The IV" & "Bad Boy", and the worst of all "Sentimental Journey".
As far as the crazy amount of live albums go..."VH-1 Storytellers" is my favorite, and the only one I own, but "Anthology-So Far" is a fine compilation of the All-Starr Band years from the years when it was at peak. "Live At Soundstage" is another fine live album with The Roundheads, but I prefer "Storytellers" though if you that big a fan I'm sure they are both worth it, despite the inevitable repeat performances.
All in all a pretty fine solo career I'd say. Early on he released a great roots-country album of covers, and then a stone cold classic, followed up by a very good echo of that formula. After that he was more or less lost in the woods for about a decade and a half. Then the renaissance started with the live All-Starr Band revues, a brilliant "With A Little Help From Friends" type concept, and it continued with an album to rival "Ringo", the comeback and then some that was "time Takes Time" in 92. From "Vertical Man" up until "Liverpool 8" we had the Mark Hudson-Roundheads era that produced another 4 great albums (adding "Choose Love" & "Ringo Rama" to the aforementioned bookends). The All-Starr Band formula has begun to fade a bit as far as the quality of performers, but that's due in part to the high level of dream band that used to show up. Just incredible. Today hey vary from good to very good (though none up to the past levels of greatness), with a few glaring embarrassing exceptions (last night it was Richard Page of Mr. MIster), and sadly the first post-Hudson/Roundheads album was a so-so dud of sorts. But from '89 (live) or '92 (studio) for about a decade and a half or more this guy was one of the great surprise resurrections in Rock history. A terrific story with a great soundtrack.
Om Namah Shivaya !!!!