Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Postcards from Paradise single - first listen

Album cover.
Prior to the release of Ringo Starr's upcoming new album, "Postcards From Paradise", Universal Music have provided Joe Johnson's Beatle Brunch radio show with the title track, which is also going to be the first single from the album. You may listen to the track by clicking on the Vox amplifier in the upper left corner of the colourful website. It took us a while before the track started to play on our computer. The lyrics are full of references to past songtitles, not uncommon for Ringo - but this was possibly overkill.

Link: BrunchRadio.com

24 comments:

Colin Barratt said...

What a truly awful track. I'm not a great fan of Ringo at the best of times but this was / is dross. If he wasn't an ex-Beatle, this would never see the light of day - or a recording studio. Embarrassing.

Debjorgo said...

Wow! Great song. I guess all the name drops work with the "Postcards " title. I like the sound. Ringo's voice is really strong. He sounds like a Beatle.

Wesbrage said...

I'm no apologist for Ringo, finding his last record depressingly tossed off, but this one I like, musically, quite a bit. It has a vague mystical quality, and that great Ringo groove. Lyrically, it reminds me of 'Titles' by Barclay James Harvest.

Gary-O-Bell said...

What an disappointment! As you said, Roger: This is an overkill of name dropping. Musically it's a bit boring. Harrison style guitar solo once again and a lot of ingredients we know from Ringo's previous albums. Although it's only a first listen, I fear that Ringo continues with the low standards of "Y Not" and "Ringo 2012". I have no hope for a great and cool (and that's what he stood for in the past) Ringo album in the future.

db said...

What an awful idea of a song. He moans about only being known for Beatle stuff, but releases stuff like this.

Sara S. said...

I really liked it! I thought all the song titles were fun and it was a good song. But then I also liked Ringo 2012.

Martino said...

Amazing! How bad a song can be?

James19 said...

I love Ringo...but man..he really needs Mark Hudson back

chained and perfumed said...

So this guy was in The Beatles or something? The references were too vague for me to pick up on

Ymaginatif Entropy said...

Funny, that's a really excellent chorus married to some very poor (and long) verses.

DrummerFromFife said...

I'm sorry, but I don't get the hate. I've had a few listens, and I quite like this song. Those who think it's substandard, keep in mind, Ringo generally saves the extra good material for the album. I like the overload with the Beatles references, with the line featuring Back Off Boogaloo giving me a good chuckle. I'm suspecting the Beatles callbacks are due to the Beatle days quite possibly being his "Paradise"

In terms of Ringo Starr singles, I like this better than Heart on my Sleeve, Walk With You, Snookeroo, Wrack My Brain, A Dose of Rock n Roll, Hey Baby, Las Brisas, La De Da, In My Car, maybe Weight of the World. Not as good as Wings and Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go, but still quite a good song. Give it a chance guys. Don't hate after just one listen. You need to just relax, listen to it and understand it from Ringo's rather mystical point of view.

James19 said...

I listened 5 times... Still hate. Song sucks, end of discussion

DrummerFromFife said...

I'm sorry, but I really don't understand what is wrong with this song. And so far, I've not heard a reasonable excuse as to why this song is terrible. The same thing happened 3 years ago with Wings. People bashed it. Didn't give one decent excuse as to why.

Vincent Truman said...

In the bowels of the improvisational comedy scene here in Chicago in the early 1990s, there was a game in which the players could only use Beatle lyrics in a scene. As such, I'm a bit saddened that this turned out to be an actual song by an actual former Beatle.

I admit my take is somewhat tainted by reading 'Tune In' recently... what amazing guys, I find myself thinking. The book has even helped illuminate some of the boys' choices in their solo years. So when it comes to something like this - or the infamous PS Love Me Do medley that Paul did twenty years ago (but not twenty years ago today!) - it's incredibly uninteresting.

Ymaginatif Entropy said...

For DrummerFromFife

The melody of the verse is very simple, predictable and repetitive. Furthermore, the auto-correction is audibly struggling to get Ringo's singing in tune.

In contrast, I think the chorus is really quite good. And I can't give you any reasons for that :)

Stephen Whitman said...

Let it be people, the haters gonna HHH........

It's Ringo doing what he does and him having "Been There" allows him to put down what is a clever piece of music. Simple and true. Peace and love people, remember?

James19 said...

Agree with you 100% with him being able to do it but this isn't "clever". Its old and boring now, and I'm a huge Beatles and solo career fan. Its just weak

DrummerFromFife said...

Really, from what I see in the song, Postcards From Paradise is really him paying tribute his Paradise, the 60s with those other 3 boys. And honestly, I think he was creative in the way he integrated the Beatles songs into this one. So I think he did it well. Not the greatest single he's ever produced, but it's still up there, and I have high hopes for this album.

Debjorgo said...

I guess we're voting more than once. A big yes again here. A great song!

The post cards from paradise are the songs and the memories they evoke.

I love the song. I can't wait for the album.

Debjorgo said...

Don we know who's singing with him on the Chorus? It sounds a little like another ex-Beatle.

Isko said...

Underwhelming at best, and even the final drum beats seem like a sudden collapse.

James19 said...

I swear there's a drum fill in the song that he used in Ringo 2012 or Y Not

Edward Russell said...

Torture

DrummerFromFife said...

I'm sorry people, I'm hearing lots of complaints against this. And yet I'm not understanding what the problem is.

So he quotes a lot of Beatles songs. Whoop de doo. It goes with the theme of the song. "Postcards from Paradise" was probably recorded as a tribute to the Beatles, with "Postcards" being his memories of his "Paradise", which is essentially that 4 piece band that the world went mental for in the 60s.

I don't get the hate, I love this song, not as much as Wings, Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go, certainly not as much as Photograph, It Don't Come Easy, Oh My My, and Back Off Boogaloo... But it's hardly the travesty that you guys seem to be making it out to be.