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Goodnight Vienna
Ringo Starr

Apple 3417
Released: November 1974
Chart Peak: #8
Weeks Charted: 25
Certified Gold: 12/9/74

Ringo StarrThis pleasant collection follows in the winning tradition of Ringo's breakthrough album, Ringo, with producer Richard Perry seeing little need to alter that disc's formula. These are crisp, infectious cover versions of originals and oldies by the likes of John Lennon, Allen Toussaint, Elton John, the Platters, Harry Nilsson and one Richard Starkey. Perry keeps the brass and backing voices busy, the top-flight session people with easy excellence and Ringo supplies that unalloyed sincerity which is his trademark and trump card. While there is nothing startling here -- the previous LP absorbed all the surprise of Ringo in a genuinely commercial solo setting -- neither is there much that isn't good for a smile.

- Tom Nolan, Rolling Stone, 4/24/75.

Bonus Reviews!

Fourth solo LP from Ringo offers a wide variety of songs from oldies to the rockers penned by John Lennon and Ringo individually to country oriented tunes to ballads. As a singer Ringo is not going to set the world on fire, but as a stylist he grows impressibly with each LP. And, like McCartney, Lennon, Elton John and a few others he has learned the secret of making good, AM oriented cuts. So a Ringo album means assurance of several solid singles. Helped by the usual array of superstars here (Lennon, Elton, Dr. John, Billy Preston, Harry Nilsson, Bobby Keys, Klaus Voorman, etc.), Ringo still manages to keep the album his. Basically, a fun set that typifies what Ringo was to many during his days as a Beatle: easy going, solid and good.

- Billboard, 1975.

The title tune is great Ringo, as is "No No Song," and he does well enough with the rest of the material, the exceptions bieng the three tunes he had a hand in writing himself. But the supersession form is deadening. Beaucoups of Blues took some initiative. B-

- Robert Christgau, Christgau's Record Guide, 1981.

Even with Johns Lennon and Elton, and a couple of bonafide hits, little here holds up. * * *

- Jeff Tamarkin, The All-Music Guide to Rock, 1995.

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