Welcome to The Beatles Rarity Of The Week. The rarity featured this week might be something you own if you happened to buy a copy of the New York Daily News back on February 3rd or 10th, 2008. EMI and the metro-New York based newspaper struck up a deal allowing readers the opportunity to download three free songs of their choice from a selection of over 120,000 tracks. Each copy of the paper issued on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3rd) or Grammy Sunday (Feb. 10th) came with an insert that gave a website and a unique printed access code allowing readers to search and download the music.
One of the songs offered was Ringo Starr’s “It’s Love,” a good little mid-tempo tune with a nice reference to The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” in the chorus. Although this song was recorded way back in 2002 during the mixing of Ringo’s Ringo Rama album, it was considered later as a contender for his Liverpool 8 album, released in January 2008. In the end it was held back in case any future promotional exclusives were needed such as this download offer I’m referring to.
The EMI/NY Daily News promotional download offer was gone after only a few weeks and since then there is no longer any means of obtaining this track in the U.S. It is available in the U.K., and possibly other markets outside of America but only via selected music download outlets and no physical media. This is really the same situation I wrote about back in February with Paul McCartney’s acoustic version of “Dance Tonight” (see that post here). You can argue that it’s just an extra, but this happens all the time. Is it really fair for the U.S. to be so discriminated against when it comes to the availability of music?
Ah well… Thankfully, regardless of where you happen to be, you can still listen to this track on The Beatles Rarity. Take it away Ringo…
Ringo Starr - It's Love
I was unable to find an official source for composition credit on this track but it is most likely written by Ringo with Mark Hudson and possibly other members of The Roundheads such as Steve Dudas and/or Gary Burr and/or Dean Grakal as were most numbers recorded during the Ringo Rama sessions.
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Liverpool 8 – Jan. 2008 CD release by Ringo Starr.
2) Ringo Rama – 2003 CD release by Ringo Starr (does not include “It’s Love”)