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Vertical Man

Album de Ringo Starr
Sortie 15 juin 1998
Enregistré Février 1997 – février 1998
Durée 51:48
Genre Rock
Producteur Mark Hudson
Ringo Starr
Label Mercury

Albums de Ringo Starr

Vertical Man est le onzième album studio de la carrière solo de Ringo Starr, ancien batteur des Beatles, paru en 1998, soit 6 ans après son prédécesseur. On y trouve des personnalités telles que Alanis Morissette, Steven Tyler, Ozzy Osbourne, Scott Weiland, Tom Petty, George Martin, Paul McCartney, et George Harrison. Par ce titre, Ringo veut prouver qu'il est debout, qu'il se sent bien, prêt à aller de l'avant. Le titre lui aurait été inspiré par un dicton du XVIIe siècle : « Supportons les hommes d'action, car trop de louanges vont à ceux de paroles ». Ringo considérait alors cet album comme « Le meilleur qu['il ait] enregistré ces quinze dernières années [à l'époque] »[1]. Le public fut pourtant assez déçu du résultat.

L'album comporte trois titres notables : la chanson-titre, avec Ozzy Osbourne aux chœurs (le « Madman » ayant toujours été un grand fan des Beatles, en particulier de John Lennon), l'hymne La De Da, et une reprise de Love Me Do, le premier single des Beatles. Sur l'enregistrement original, en 1962, Ringo ne jouait pas. Il a par ailleurs, avec ce titre, rompu une promesse qu'il s'était faite au début de sa carrière solo, celle de ne « jamais enregistrer de titre des Beatles »[1].

Il existe une édition japonaise de cet album qui contient 2 titres supplémentaires : Mr. Double-it-up (qui contient un petit hommage avec une version instrumentale bossa de With a little help from my friends en fin de chanson) et Everyday.

Liste des pistes[modifier | modifier le code]

  1. One (Starkey /Hudson/ Grakal /Dudas) – 3:02
  2. What in the... World (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 3:29
  3. Mindfield (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 4:06
  4. King of Broken Hearts (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 4:44
  5. Love Me Do (Lennon/McCartney) – 3:44
  6. Vertical Man (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 4:43
  7. Drift Away (Williams) – 4:10
  8. I Was Walkin' (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal) – 3:21
  9. La De Da (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 5:41
  10. Without Understanding (Starkey /Hudson /Dudas) – 4:22
  11. I'll Be Fine Anywhere (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 3:42
  12. Puppet (Starkey /Hudson /Grakal /Dudas) – 3:21
  13. I'm Yours (Starkey/Hudson/Nevin) – 3:23

Personnel[modifier | modifier le code]

  • 1     One
    Bass - Steve Dudas
    Drums, Percussion, Bongos – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar – Dean Grakal
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards – Mark Hudson
    Organ [B3] – Jim Cox
    Pedal Steel Guitar – Jeff "Skunk" Baxter*
    Percussion, Harmonica – Scott Gordon
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    2     What In The...World
    Bass, Backing Vocals – Paul McCartney
    Drums, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Steve Dudas
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Electric Guitar, Guitar [Solo] – Joe Walsh
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    3     Mindfield
    Backing Vocals – Alanis Morissette, Scott Weiland, Steven Tyler
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Steve Dudas
    Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar [Solo] – Joe Walsh
    Organ [B3], Cello [Synth] – Jim Cox
    Tabla – John Bergamo
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    4     King Of Broken Hearts
    Arranged By [Strings] – Graham Preskett
    Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Mellotron, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Steve Dudas
    Organ [Wurlitzer] – Jim Cox
    Slide Guitar [Solo] – George Harrison
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    5     Love Me Do
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Handclaps, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Percussion, Handclaps – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar, Handclaps – Steve Dudas
    Handclaps – Dean Grakal, Scott Gordon
    Harmonica, Backing Vocals – Steven Tyler
    Written-By – Lennon/McCartney*

    6     Vertical Man
    Backing Vocals – Barbara Vander Linde, Ozzy Osbourne, Sarah Hudson
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Piano, Mellotron, Synthesizer [Strings], Arranged By [Strings], Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Cello – Nina Piaseckyj
    Drums, Mellotron, Synthesizer [Strings], Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar, Guitar [Solo] – Steve Dudas
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    7     Drift Away
    Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Handclaps – Mark Hudson
    Backing Vocals – Ollie Woodson*, Howard McCrary, Lisa Banks, Rose Stone
    Bass – Steve Dudas
    Drums – Steven Tyler
    Electric Guitar – Steve Cropper
    Guitar [Rhythmatic], Percussion, Handclaps – Ringo Starr
    Organ [B3] – Jim Cox
    Percussion, Handclaps – Scott Gordon
    Vocals – Alanis Morissette, Tom Petty
    Written-By – Williams*

    8     I Was Walkin'
    Backing Vocals – Alanis Morissette, Paul McCartney
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Keyboards, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar – Steve Dudas
    Electric Guitar [Solo] – Steve Cropper
    Harmonica, Backing Vocals – Steven Tyler
    Percussion – Scott Gordon
    Piano – Jim Cox
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*

    9     La De Da
    Backing Vocals – Astrid Barber, Barbara Bach Starkey*, Blake V. Brown, Bruce Grakal,
    Christopher Grakal, Daniel Lanois, Dawn Hoenie, Dean Grakal, Doug Fieger, Elizabeth Parks,
    Eric Gardner, Eric Greedy*, Gabriella Paglia, James Barber (2), Jean Schmit, Jennifer Sylvor,
    Jim Cushinery, Joe Walsh, Joie Calio, Kay Harrison, Keith Allison, Lady Marjorie Rufus-Isaacs,
    Lee Starkey, Michael Gurley, Nils Lofgren, Paul McCartney, Phil Leavitt, Ronni Grakal,
    Sally Parks, Scott Brown (3), Scott Gordon, Steve Greenberg, Steven Tyler, Stuart Lerner M.D.,
    Tatiana Von Furstenberg, Timothy B. Schmit, Tina Stern, Tommy Harrison (2), Van Dyke Parks
    Backing Vocals, Electric Guitar – Steve Dudas
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Percussion, Bongos – Ringo Starr
    Organ [B3] – Jim Cox
    Slide Guitar [Solo], Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Joe Walsh
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    10     Without Understanding
    Backing Vocals – Brian Wilson
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Keyboards, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar, Electric Guitar [Solo] – Steve Dudas
    Organ [B3] – Jim Cox
    Percussion – Scott Gordon
    Tabla – John Bergamo
    Vocals – Christian Phillippe Quilici, Sauce*
    Written-By – Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    11     I'll Be Fine Anywhere
    Bass, Electric Guitar – Steve Dudas
    Drums, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar [Solo], Slide Guitar [Solo] – George Harrison
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Piano – Jim Cox
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    12     Puppet
    Backing Vocals – Dave Gibbs, Timothy B. Schmit
    Banjo – Mark "I Can't Help Myself" Hudson*
    Bass, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
    Drums, Percussion – Ringo Starr
    Electric Guitar – Steve Cropper, Steve Dudas
    Organ [B3] – Jim Cox
    Written-By – Grakal*, Hudson*, Starkey*, Dudas*

    13     I'm Yours
    Acoustic Guitar – Mark Hudson, Mark Nevin
    Arranged By [String] – George Martin
    Celesta – Mark "I Got An Idea From Ringo" Hudson*
    Written-By – Hudson*, Nevin*, Starkey*

    Companies etc
        Phonographic Copyright (p) – Mercury Records
        Copyright (c) – Mercury Records
        Manufactured By – Mercury Records
        Marketed By – Mercury Records
        Copyright (c) – Startling Music Ltd.
        Published By – Startling Music Ltd.
        Published By – Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
        Published By – MCA Music Publishing
        Published By – Beef Puppet Music
        Published By – Irving Music, Inc.
        Published By – Birdie of My Life Music
        Published By – Music Corporation Of America, Inc.
        Published By – Do Dis Music
        Copyright (c) – MPL Communications Ltd.
        Copyright (c) – Lenono Publishing
        Published By – Beechwood Music Corp.
        Published By – Almo Music Corp.
        Published By – Rondor Music (London) Ltd.

    Credits
        Mixed By – Geoff Emerick
        Producer, Backing Vocals – Mark Hudson
        Recorded By – Scott Gordon
        Vocals, Producer – Ringo Starr
  • Couverture : Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Mark Hudson, Barbara Vander Linde

Notes et références[modifier | modifier le code]

  1. a et b Interview de Ringo Starr, Yellow-sub.net