Ringo Starr DVD captures great performance

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
Live At The Greek Theater 2008
Hip-O (B003SG81B8)
Grade: ****

By Gillian Gaar

This is DVD captures a great performance by the 2008 All Starr Band lineup. Ringo Starr always looks like he’s having a great time on stage, and his attitude can’t help but rub off on his colleagues.

Starr is trim, fit and full of energy. In addition to the expected numbers from his catalogue (“With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Yellow Submarine,” “It Don’t Come Easy”), he varies the formula a bit with “What Goes On” and “Oh My My.” He also performs songs from his more recent albums, though it must be said the newer stuff isn’t as strong as the classics.

As for the other acts, Hamish Stuart adds a funky edge with “Pick Up The Pieces” and “Work To Do,” multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter’s always a crowd pleaser with “Frankenstein,” Colin Hay adds bounce with “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now,” and Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” still manages to make the act of sleeping a mystical experience. Only Billy Squier’s songs (“Lonely Is The Night,” “The Stroke,” “Love Is Alive”) sound a discordant note, dragging the proceedings down; his songs just don’t fit with the feel good vibe of the rest of the show.
The camera work isn’t as frenzied as some concert films, which is a relief. There are no extras; the only thing that might be considered “bonus material” are snippets of backstage footage inserted between each song (thankfully, they’re not too distracting). The show is also available on CD, but in an abridged version featuring only 16 tracks. So if you’d like a complete document of a well-crafted All Starrs show, the DVD is the one to get.


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