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Liverpool 8
Ringo Starr - Liverpool 8.jpg
Studio album by
Released14 January 2008
Recorded2006–07
StudioRoccabella, UK;
Whatinthewhatthe?, Los Angeles
GenreRock
Length45:28
LabelCapitol
ProducerRingo Starr, Mark Hudson, Dave Stewart
Ringo Starr chronology
Ringo Starr: Live at Soundstage
(2007)
Liverpool 8
(2008)
Ringo 5.1: The Surround Sound Collection
(2008)
Singles from Liverpool 8
  1. "Liverpool 8"
    Released: 4 December 2007

Liverpool 8 is the 15th studio album by Ringo Starr, released worldwide on 14 January 2008.[1] Received with mixed reviews, it marked Starr's return to EMI for the first time since leaving the label in 1975, following the end of the Beatles' recording contract with the company.[2]

Background[edit]

Liverpool 8 was originally planned for release in June 2007, and began as another production by the collaborative team of Mark Hudson and Starr (the two had previously co-produced Vertical Man, I Wanna Be Santa Claus, VH1 Storytellers, Ringo Rama, and Choose Love). However, the release date was pushed back to the beginning of 2008 when Hudson was replaced by Dave Stewart after a falling out with Starr. The album's production credits read, "Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson; Re-Produced by Ringo Starr and David Stewart."

All of the songs but one were written with the Roundheads, although Stewart also has several co-writing credits. Starr's attorney Bruce Grakal told journalist Peter Palmiere that the partnership between Hudson and Starr was over and they would never work together again. This happened after Hudson dropped out of Starr's 2006 tour as musical director to do the television special The One: Making a Music Star. According to Palmiere, Hudson claimed that the split was over Starr's insistence on using synthesized sounds, for which Stewart is known, whereas Hudson wanted real guitars, pianos, strings etc.[3] However, concerning the parting of ways with Hudson, Starr commented, "The separation between Mark Hudson and myself was a question of trust and friendship and had nothing to do with synthesizers."

Release[edit]

Liverpool 8 was released worldwide by Capitol Records. The title refers to the postal district of the Toxteth area of Liverpool in which Starr was born. The album was released on CD, MP3, and USB Wristband. It was available as a free audio stream at www.vh1classic.com before its release date. The title track was released on CD and digital download as the first single from the album on 7 January 2008. Liverpool 8 entered the UK Album Chart at number 91,[4] and reached a peak of number 94 in the US.[5] The album sold 7,000 copies within the first week of release[6] and as of January 2010, 31,000 copies have been sold.[7]

A few weeks later after the album release, readers of the New York Daily News were offered a non-album track called "It's Love".[8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic59/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
about.com4/5 stars[10]
AllMusic3/5 stars[11]
Billboard(favourable)[12]
The Music Box3.5/5 stars[13]
The Phoenix2/4 stars[14]
PopMatters6/10 stars[15]
Record Collector2/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[17]
The Times2/5 stars[18]
Uncut3/5 stars[19]

Liverpool 8 has a 59 percent "mixed or average" rating from Metacritic.[9] Billboard gave the album a positive review, calling it "full of nostalgia for the good ol' days".[12] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes that "it's nothing too flashy and it has not one tune that calls attention to itself".[20] In a particularly unfavourable review for The Times, Pete Paphides wrote that "it’s hard not to boggle at Liverpool’s susceptibility to flattery", and "Just because [the album] was fun to make, it doesn’t follow that you might enjoy listening to it."[18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Richard Starkey, Mark Hudson, Gary Burr and Steve Dudas, except where noted

  1. "Liverpool 8" (Starkey, Dave Stewart) – 4:51
  2. "Think About You" – 3:40
  3. "For Love" (Starkey, Hudson) – 3:49
  4. "Now That She's Gone Away" (Starkey, Hudson, Burr) – 3:02
  5. "Gone Are the Days" (Starkey, Hudson, Stewart) – 2:49
  6. "Give It a Try" (Starkey, Hudson, Dudas) – 3:26
  7. "Tuff Love" – 4:33
  8. "Harry's Song" – 4:00
  9. "Pasodobles" (Starkey, Hudson, Burr, Dudas, Dean Grakal) – 4:17
  10. "If It's Love That You Want" – 3:06
  11. "Love Is" – 3:52
  12. "R U Ready?" – 3:59

USB File Listing[edit]

The Ringo Starr Liverpool 8 Exclusive Reusable USB Wristband claims to contain on its packaging:

  • Entire album in MP3 format
  • Personal message from Ringo Starr
  • Behind the scenes interview video from Ringo Starr
  • Track-by-track video commentary by Ringo Starr
  • 2 brand new ringtunes
  • Photos and Bio

The Bio could not be located among the USB files.
These are the actual files found on the USB drive.

Root Directory[edit]

The root directory contains two system files, one system directory (empty), and four directories with the actual assets. Note, the original directory dates were lost when the USB was inserted into a Windows 10 PC.

File Name Type Date Size in Bytes Information
.DS_Store System File 12/18/2007 01:51 PM 6,148
.Trashes System Directory 12/18/2007 01:50 PM An Empty System Directory
._.Trashes System File 12/18/2007 01:50 PM 4,096
Liverpool 8 - 192kbps Directory Contains the Songs
Liverpool 8 Artwork Directory Contains the Artwork
Liverpool 8 Video Directory Contains the Video
Ringtune Clips - 192kbps Directory Contains the Ringtunes

Liverpool 8 - 192kbps Directory[edit]

This directory contains the twelve songs on the album in MP3 format. Technical details of the files are:

  • Encoded by iTunes v7.1.1.5
  • Codec: MPEG Audio layer 1/2 (mpga)
  • Type: Audio
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Sample rate: 44100 Hz
  • Bits per sample: 32
  • Bitrate: 192 kb/s
File Name Type Date Size in Bytes Duration
01 01 - Liverpool 8 - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 6,994,446 4:51
02 02 - Think About You - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 5,286,668 3:40
03 03 - For Love - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 5,506,090 3:49
04 04 - Now That She's Gone - 192kbp.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 4,378,238 3:02
05 05 - Gone Are The Days - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 4,077,932 2:49
06 06 - Give It A Try - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 4,960,031 3:26
07 07 - Tuff Love - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 6,563,737 4:33
08 08 - Harrys Song - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 5,780,065 4:00
09 09 - Pasodobles - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 6,180,678 4:17
10 10 - If It's Love That You Want - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:54 AM 4,472,287 3:06
11 11 - Love Is - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 5,580,069 3:52
12 12 - R U Ready - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:53 AM 5,746,836 3:59

Liverpool 8 Artwork Directory[edit]

The artwork is found on a single PDF file with two pages showing the album's cover art on the first page and a track listing next to Ringo's picture on the second page.

File Name Type Date Size in Bytes
ringo_L8_cover for USB.pdf PDF File 12/18/2007 12:54 AM 493,660

Liverpool 8 Video Directory[edit]

The single video file contains three of the items promised on the packaging:

  • Personal message from Ringo Starr
  • Behind the scenes interview video from Ringo Starr
  • Track-by-track video commentary by Ringo Starr

The technical details of the video file are:

  • Audio
    • Codec: MPEG AAC Audio (mp4a)
    • Channels: Stereo
    • Sample rate: 32000 Hz
    • Bits per sample: 32
  • Video
    • Codec: H264 - MPEG-4 AVC (part 10) (avc1)
    • Video resolution: 480x270
    • Frame rate: 29.966428 (NTSC)
File Name Type Date Size in Bytes Duration
LIVERPOOL USB HD FINAL 12-1_1Mbps.mp4 MP4 File 12/18/2007 12:54 AM 35,619,345 7:45

Ringtune Clips - 192kbps Directory[edit]

The two ringtones are encoded identical to the twelve songs. They are 38 and 27 second edits of two of the album's songs.

File Name Type Date Size in Bytes Duration
01 Liverpool 8 Ringtune Clip - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:54 AM 930,663 0:38
02 For Love Ringtune Clip - 192kbps.mp3 MP3 File 12/18/2007 12:54 AM 665,465 0:27

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jackson, Andrew Grant (2012). Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of the Beatles' Solo Careers. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press. p. 292. ISBN 9780810882232.
  2. ^ "Ringo Starr's EMI Catalog Albums to Debut Digitally on August 28, New Album and Best of Disc Announced". ringostarr.com. 18 June 2007. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2006.
  3. ^ bbc.co.uk
  4. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ S - The System Of Life". Zobbel.de. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  5. ^ Mulligan, Kate Siobhan (2010). The Beatles: A Musical Biography. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Greenwood. p. 146. ISBN 9780313376863.
  6. ^ Stanislawski, Ethan (1 July 2008). "After poor album sales, Ringo speaks out against music press | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  7. ^ Shriver, Jerry (15 January 2010). "Ringo Starr turning 70: Fab drummer talks about life, music - USATODAY.com". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  8. ^ "abbeyrd.best.vwh.net". Archived from the original on 22 October 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Reviews for Liverpool 8 by Ringo Starr". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  10. ^ Fontenot, Robert (January 2008). "Review – Ringo Starr – Liverpool 8 CD". about.com. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Ringo Starr Liverpool 8". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  12. ^ a b Liverpool 8
  13. ^ John Metzger (10 January 2008). "Ringo Starr – Liverpool 8 (Album Review)". Musicbox-online.com. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
  14. ^ Milano, Brett (28 January 2008). "Ringo Starr Liverpool 8". The Phoenix (Boston). Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  15. ^ Lenser, Barry (24 January 2008). "Ringo Starr: Liverpool 8". PopMatters. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  16. ^ Staunton, Terry (April 2008). "Ringo Starr – Liverpool 8". Record Collector. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  17. ^ Sheffield, Rob (7 January 2008). "Ringo Starr Liverpool 8". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 January 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  18. ^ a b Paphides, Pete (11 January 2008). "Ringo Starr Liverpool 8". The Times. London. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  19. ^ Quantick, David (March 2008). "Ringo Starr – Liverpool 8". Uncut. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  20. ^ allmusic ((( Liverpool 8 > Review )))
  21. ^ Liverpool 8 (Booklet). Ringo Starr. Capitol, Capitol Music Group. 2008. 509995 17388 22.CS1 maint: others (link)

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