A new record by former Beatle Ringo Starr has the drummer joining an interesting mix of top artists, including Alanis Morissette and Steven Tyler performing a rock version of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away," and a Ringo Starr/Ozzy Osbourne duet of the album's title track, "Vertical Man," among many other rather odd highlights.
According to a report in the Denver Post, guests on the project also include his Beatle bandmates George Harrison and Paul McCartney, along with Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmidt of the Eagles, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Scott Weiland, Steve Cropper, George Martin and Van Dyke Parks.
The album's producer and co-writer is Mark Hudson, currently one of the music industry's busiest songwriters (Celine Dion, Aerosmith) and producers (the Hanson Christmas album), as well as the former leader of TV's Hudson Brothers.
The record was largely recorded in Hudson's tiny office, which sits above a Thai Restaurant in West Los Angeles. One track features the angry
footsteps of the restaurant's owner as she came upstairs in an attempt to put an end to the noise.
There's even a classic Beatles tune on the record: Fans may recall that when The Beatles recorded their first-ever hit "Love Me Do", producer George Martin brought in a session drummer to replace Starr, a sore point with Starr for years. But now, after 35 years, he finally gets to lay down his take for the song.