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Beatles Rarity Of The Week – “One Way Love Affair” (interesting Ringo Starr out-take)

Posted by on September 9, 2013 at 5:00 am.

Welcome to The Beatles Rarity of the Week. After a very successful start with his solo career in the early seventies, Ringo Starr’s first 3 LP releases after the shutdown of Apple Records in 1975 were not even close to commercial successes. The first of these, Ringo’s Rotogravure, released in September 1976, had a very short-lived chart presence in America, peaking at number 28 on Billboard’s Top 200. The follow-up album released a year later, titled Ringo the 4th (actually his 7th LP since The Beatles), proved that “going disco” was not in his best interest. The LP peaked at number 162 on Billboard and was very quickly forgotten. In April 1978, Ringo set out to reverse the trend of his rapidly descending solo career by releasing his follow-up album Bad Boy. It was promoted with a prime time television special called Ringo airing the same month, as well as other television appearances on talk shows such as Donahue. Despite the added effort, Bad Boy was received poorly, peaking at number 129 on Billboard this time around. Furthermore, none of these three releases charted at all in Ringo’s home country.

Ringo Starr, 1978

Ringo Starr, circa 1978

During July 1978, at a time when Ringo still had high hopes for success with his Bad Boy release, he went into the studio to record a few more for his next album. Ringo had three new songs recorded before the despondency set in. Struggling with alcoholism and the failure of his last three records drove Ringo to calling it quits. He discontinued his sessions and did not set foot in a recording studio again for two years.

As depressing as this all might sound, I should quickly digress and say that we have the luxury of hind-site and know now that Ringo got himself together and everything worked out fine. In the years to come, Ringo would star in the highly successful Caveman film and meet his future wife Barbara Bach, with whom he is still very happily married. Despite the loss of a best friend on December 8th,1980, he kicked his alcohol problem and by the late eighties had launched the highly successful series of All-Starr Band concert tours with a respectable list of successful rock and roll musicians accompanying him that is way too long to try to list here. I’m not sure if the “charts” are still the most representative meter for Ringo’s successes, but I have to say that his last few solo albums sound fantastic to me. Ringo 2012 is one of my personal favorites. To be 73 years old (as of this writing) and able to put out music as vibrant as he is still doing, keeps his legend looming high in my mind, and I know I’m not the only one who feels this way.

In those July 1978 sessions before Ringo took his much needed break, he recorded a song called “As Far As We Can Go” which later was redone for his 1983 album Old Wave. He also recorded two songs that were never released – “She’s So In Love” and the one I’m sharing for this week’s BROW. See what you think of this mid-tempo Ringo-obscurity titled “One Way Love Affair.”


Ringo Starr - One Way Love Affair


Extra info: Not much is known about “She’s So In Love” and “One Way Love Affair” other than the fact that they were recorded on July 22-23, 1978. It’s a mystery to me who actually composed them or plays on them besides Ringo himself. If anyone has this info, I’d love to hear from you.

Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music and media related to this post:

1) Ringo 2012 [Amazon.com Exclusive CD+DVD Version] – Ringo’s latest album (as of this writing). Great tunes, featuring brother-in-law Joe Walsh and there’s a bonus DVD.

2) Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo a great 2007 CD compilation of Ringo’s hits – all the good ones on one CD.

3) Bad Boy – 1991 CD remaster of original 1978 LP featuring Ringo’s hit “Heart On My Sleeve,” “Lipstick Traces” and “Hard Times.”

4) Old Wave – Ringo, once again with the assistance of Joe Walsh, in this 1994 remaster of the original 1983 LP. Contains an updated account as well as the original version of “As Far As We Can Go” from the same sessions that produced “One Way Love Affair.”

5) Any of your favorite Beatles-related music: The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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  • Lennonista says:

    I have always had a soft spot for Ringo, and I agree with you that it’s heartwarming to see what he’s accomplished and how he has contributed to today’s scene in his own unique way with the All-Starr Band. The late ’70s and ’80s were not good years for our boy, but it makes me such a proud Beatle fan to see him today! (And I’m one of the few who supports him with the “no autographs” thing.) Rock on, Ritchie!

  • Elliott Marx says:

    I liked the song well enough – I hope that Ringo puts out a compilation of rarities, perhaps a Kickstarter campaign could get the task funded.

    Lennonista, my aunt was a long time hostess at famed Beverly Hills deli Nate ‘n Al’s. One day, about 15 years ago Ringo came in to pick up a to order. While waiting, my aunt approached him for an autograph. This was something she didn’t usually do – the clientele was so exclusive that to be bothered by staff would have prevented return visits. But knowing what this would mean to me, she asked anyway. When she asked Ringo to sign it, To Elliott, he said, “What? Doesn’t he know his name?” To my aunt, this came off as rude, to me though it seems like the Beatles thing to say. Having a sentence-long story to go with my signature makes it better than simply having my name attached. I treasure my little scrap of paper that says Ringo Starr on it, to he was gracious enough to oblige.

    Needless to say, I was not surprised when he stopped providing autographs altogether.

  • Lennonista says:

    Great story, Elliott… and what an amazing Beatle treasure! A Ringo autograph with a funny story behind it. And I’m with you. He wasn’t being rude, he was just being Ringo!

  • Happy Nat says:

    A very cool aunt indeed to risk her job doing that for you. That piece of paper is a treasure on more than one level!

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