Edited by JOHN DALY
Ringo Starr will release a new EP called Change The World on September 24.
The EP’s four tracks were recorded at Starr’s Roccabella West studio, just as he recorded his Zoom In EP released in March 2021. The new record features frequent and new collaborators, who team up to create songs that span a range of pop, country, reggae and Rock N Roll.
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“I’ve been saying I only want to release EPs at this point and this is the next one,” Ringo said. “What a blessing it’s been during this year to have a studio here at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians, some I’ve worked with before and some new friends.”
The lead single “Let’s Change The World” delivers a welcome dose of hope and Starr’s trademark optimism. The song was written by Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather both of whom also played on the track with backing vocals by Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine and Darryl Phinnessee.
“Just That Way” was written and performed by Ringo and his longtime engineer Bruce Sugar, and it carries on the reggae vibe from Zoom In’s “Waiting for the Tides to Turn” with Tony Chen returning on guitar, joined by Fully Fullwood on Bass and Ed Roth on Hammond B3 with Zelma and Zho Davis on backing vocals.
“Coming Undone” is Starr’s first collaboration with Linda Perry, who wrote and plays on the track also featuring Trombone Shorty. Everyone can relate to having had moments of coming undone, and the tender, melodic country sounds coupled with Ringo’s warm voice offer a welcome reprieve.
For the final number, Ringo rocks his own version of “Rock Around The Clock” revved up by Joe Walsh on guitar. They are joined by Nathan East on upright bass, Bruce Sugar on piano and Amy Keys and Windy Wagner on backing vocals.
Change The World will be available digitally and on CD and cassette September 24; the 10-inch vinyl releases on November 19. Pre-order it here.