Time Takes Time

Editor's Note: During February 1999, we featured Time Takes Time as the album of the month. Please tell us what you like or don't like about the album and rank it from 1 (positively awful) to 10 (great beyond your wildest dreams). Fans' Reviews follow the General Commentary. Send your comments to gshultz@airmail.net , and be sure to include your name. Click here to read reviews of other Ringo albums.

General Commentary

"I'm out to prove that I'm still alive" Ringo said while promoting his tenth solo offering, Time Takes Time. Prove it he did. The album met with critical acclaim with many reviewers hailing it as Ringo's triumphant come-back album.
Although Ringo's 1989 tour with the first All Starr Band had been a success, he had not released a studio album since 1983's Old Wave. Time Takes Time was Ringo's reentry into the recording world after becoming clean and sober. Many of the songs on the album reflect Ringo's new positive philosophy and life style.
Time Takes Time was released on May 27, 1992. Ringo signed with the Private Music label in February of 1991 and almost immediately began considering possible producers for the project. Ringo explained, "It's been so long for me that I didn't really know any producers I want to go with for the whole record. So I figured I'd try a few people" In the end, four of the best lent their talents to the project.. They were Don Was, Phil Ramone, Jeff Lynne, and Peter Asher.
There was also the question of material to be resolved. According to Don Was, "People were sending in songs while we were doing the album. I went through the songs that were appropriate and he had some songs. We got together and picked the ones we wanted to do."
Ringo and his old friend from the RingO label, Johnny Warman, wrote four songs for the album. The ones that made the final cut are, "Runaways," "After All These Years," and "Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go." Another Starkey-Warman collaboration "Everyone Wins," mislabeled "Everybody Wins" was available only on the German issue of the "Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go" CD single.
The other seven songs selected for inclusion are "Weight of the World" by O'Doherty and Velez, Felman and Lynch's "Don't Know a Thing About Love," "Golden Blunders" by Auer and Stringfellow, "All In the Name of Love" by Jerry Lynn Williams, Stummer and Manning's "I Don't Believe You," "In a Heartbeat" by Diane Warren, and "What Goes Around" by Rick Suchow.
The outtake "Don't Be Cruel" was included on the "Weight of the World" single and the Japanese pressing of the album. Three other outtakes from the session have not yet seen the light of day. These are "Call Me," "Love is going to Get You" by Phil Picket and a McCartney/Starkey song called "Angel in Disguise."
Don Was, who enthused , "The coolest thing about this project is watching Ringo play drums," produced the first single"Weight of the World" as well as "Don't Know A Thing About Love," "I Don't Believe You," "In A Heartbeat," and "What Goes Around." Don also remixed the Phil Ramone and Peter Asher contributions so that there would be a more cohesive feel to the project. .
Jeff Lynne commented that "It was great to work with Ringo. He's one of my favorite drummers." Lynne produced "Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go," "After all These Years", and "Don't Be Cruel." as well as the unreleased track "Call Me" Jeff remixed his own songs so that they would be more in keeping with the style of the other songs on the album.
Phil Ramone produced "All in the Name of Love" and "Runaways." He was also the producer for the unreleased "Love is Going to Get You" of which he says, "It was a great track, but it did not fit in with the character of the songs he did with Don Was and the other producers."
"Golden Blunders" and "Everyone Wins" as well as the unissued "Angel in Disguise" were produced by Peter Asher.
Since Ringo has turned his life around, he speaks openly of God, love, right choices, and clean living. Many of the songs on the album confirm his new attitude on life, but they are by no means preachy. The songs, even the ones Ringo did not write himself, are for the most part upbeat affirmations of life. There is a very Beatlesque feel to many of the tracks. Best of all, Ringo's spirit shines through. Each producer was careful to arranged his set of songs to perfectly fit Ringo's voice and style. It is obvious that Ringo and company put a lot of labor and love into the Time Takes Time sessions and the result is a very solid and immensely satisfying album. With Ringo and Vertical Man, Time Takes Time ranks as one of Ringo's bests.

Fans Reviews

After almost ten years without having a studio album from Ringo, I really did not know what to expect of Time Takes Time. To tell the truth, I was eagerly looking forward to hearing this album, but as the same time I was a bit apprehensive. As it turned out, I should not have wasted my time worrying because Time Takes Time quickly became, with Vertical Man and Ringo, one of my all time favorite Ringo albums.
Ringo had promised that Time Takes Time would be a "Straight ahead rock-pop album" and that's exactly what he delivered. It's so satisfying to hear Ringo's signature drumming style on all of the songs. His voice sounds strong and self assured. The arrangements and backing vocals complement him perfectly. Ringo's renewed energy and enthusiasm is apparent throughout as is his growth as a songwriter.. Even the tracks he didn't write seem perfectly suited for personality and new attitude.
It's hard to select a list of favorite songs from this album because there is really not a throw away in the lot. That said, I guess I would have to give top honors to "Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go" and "After All These Years," which are both upbeat, top-tapping tunes with autobiographical lyrics, as well as the very Beatle sounding "I Don't Believe You." Of course I've almost played a hole in "All In the name of Love" and "In A Heartbeat" and "What Goes Around" as well. And then there's "Weight of the World, " "Runaways," "Don't Know a Thing About Love," and "Golden Blunders" all of which have been happily stuck in my head at one time or another.
This album is an overlooked gem. Every Ringo/Beatle fan should give it a listen. Those who already appreciate Ringo's talents will love it. The skeptics will be pleasantly surprised. I give Time Takes Time a 9.5.
~ Mary Ann

I was lucky to purchase Time Takes Time when it hit the Wal-Mart discount bins...I think I purchased it for no more than 3 dollars...after several spins, I was mesmerized...it simply is one of Ringo's best...a New York Times critic said the album was even better than "Ringo"...and I do
agree...it is much more of an enjoyable listen from beginning to end...the first Wilbury-ish sounding track "Weight of the World"  is a great solid opener. ..there are several Beatley sounding tracks "Don't know a thing about love" as well as "I don't believe You"...and the tracks produced by Jeff Lynne just beg the question..."why didn't he produce the whole album like he did with George's "Cloud Nine"...anyway, I think the latest CD re-issue by BMG should
have included bonus tracks such as the unreleased songs mentioned in the above intro...as well as the solid performance of "Don't be Cruel"...if you ever see the Ringo single anywhere, pick it up...it's well worth it for that track Don't Be Cruel...anyway, this album ranks right up there with Vertical Man, falling only so ever slightly short...Ringo's albums seem to be like fine wine...they are getting better with age....I rate this album as a solid 8....
~ Michael P. McGrath

In 1991, right after I graduated from high school, I got my first cd player, and the Beatles' White Album was my first cd purchase.  Every time I bought a Beatles album I was amazed at how good it was and how much I enjoyed it.  After a short time, I was a full-fledged Beatles
fanatic.  I quickly owned every Beatles cd.  I also had John Lennon and Paul McCartney compilation albums, and I pretty much figured I had all the Beatles music that any reasonable person needed.  Then one evening, by chance, I saw Ringo Starr on Entertainment Tonight, and they played a clip of his music video for "Weight of the World" and mentioned his new
album.  I got really excited at the idea of new music from a Beatle.  It wasn't exactly a new Beatles album, but I was pretty fired up at the thought of anything new from any Beatle, so I went out to buy Ringo's new cd, and Time Takes Time began phase two of my Beatle cd buying frenzy:  the solo years.  I think Time Takes Time is great, and it was this album that really made me look at Ringo in a new light and admire him.  "Weight of the World" is a very catchy pop song, and "Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go" is a hard rocking song with great lyrics and
references to his past.  I think these two songs rank right up there with Ringo's best ever.  My other favorites include "Golden Blunders" and "In a Heartbeat," though I pretty much like all of the songs.  Ringo's drumming is great (and it's just him on drums, which I like--it bugs me to read other drummers' names on his studio albums), and, for the first time, his songs really seem to have a message.  I would give this album a 9.5.
~Travis Truitt

Time takes time is a great cd, and I like it very much...great songs, great musicians, but here in Brazil we had a problem....this album was released by BMG and just a few people listened this CD...there some great songs like "Weight of the World", "What Goes Around"...I give a ten (course), Ringo is great.

I thoroughly enjoy "Time Takes Time" and I give it a score of  9.  I have all of Ringo's albums, (CD's), and "Time Takes Time" is one of my favorites.  It's right up there with "Ringo", and "Vertical Man".  I also love "Bad Boy", and I know a lot of people don't agree, but I think it has great songs on it.  It's difficult to choose a favorite track on "Time Takes Time" because I really like them all, but my top three picks would have to be, "In a Heartbeat", "After All These Years", and "Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go".  "Runaways" is perhaps my least favorite track.  I especially like the fact that when I'm listening to the drums, I know it's just Ringo I hear.  He doesn't need anyone else playing drums on his albums.   "Time Takes Time" is absolutely delightful to listen to.  Ringo has always been able to make my heart skip a beat.  He was 'fab' as a Beatle, and he's just as fabulous as an ex-Beatle.  Thanks, Ringo, for everything.
~ Sharon Weeman of Kennebunk, Maine

Rate TIME TAKES TIME an 8 . . . as good as anything Ringo had done up to that point.  Like it for being fun pop and rock.  Also like it for not depending on superstar guest appearances, remakes of oldies, and songs written by the other ex-Beatles, elements too common on too many of Ringo Starr's albums.  With TIME TAKES TIME, he carries the show himself, and does it very well. Seven years later, this great album is available in the discount racks . . . grab it while
you can!
~ Jim LaRegina

When I first heard the songs off Time Takes Time, I loved them. I just couldn't get enough of it. There are some really rockin, tunes on that album. I just wish Ringo would have played at least one of those songs last year with the All Starrs. I hope he does this year. I am going to see him 9 days before my birthday. What a celebration that will be. But getting back to the album Time
Takes Time, I would have to say it is my second favorite next to his first album Ringo. There is really a lot of good stuff on that album.
~ Nora

Time Takes Time gets a 9 from me. My second favorite Ringo Starr CD/LP. "Don't go where the road don't go" is excellent. I've always loved Jeff Lynne productions. To sum it up as a whole.........It's a nice album to listen to.
~ Gary Owen

While travelling through a local Target store, I glanced at the bargain rack of CD's and there was Ringo's picture on the cover of a CD. Not having been well versed in the music world since my marriage in 1990, I finally got my CD player and one of the first CD's was " Time Takes
Time" (mainly because of the price). It started off good and I kept listening. Then I recall reading somewhere about the album some years before and all of these musicians joining him on the project. The album pretty much grew on me very nicely, but I especially liked " In A
Heartbeat".It was truly well worth the wait and price. If you see it, grab it! (But what do I know-- I also liked "Beaucoups of Blues" and "Stop and Smell the Roses".) I give it a 9.
~~Brian from LA

If "Ringo" sounds like a party, a really good party that you'd like to be invited to, "Time Takes Time" is a conscious party, and, well, you are invited.  It's a coming out (of rehab) party, and Ringo's so happy to be alive, he's not about to spoil it for you.  Like most parties, it kind of
winds down towards the end, but at least you know when to go home.  Fortunately, the guests don't overshadow the man throwing the party.  And with Ringo in the (only) drummer's seat, this has a mostly consistent vibe, although oddly, Ringo and Jeff Lynne sound more like a band than everyone else on the other tracks.  Every good party has its moments, and this definitely has its share.  Beatles karaoke?  "Weight Of The World."  (Hey, he doesn't just sound like one, he looks like one, too!)  "I Don't Believe You" is a good natured kiss-off.  But with "Golden Blunders" he's in it for the long haul.  (This to be said about the host:  He's married to Barbara Bach, and you're not.)  A word to the wise?  "Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go."  (Take that from one's who's driven off the road on occasion.)  And lest we forget why we're at the party anyway, there's "After All These Years," a great celebration of rock and roll that can make dancing with your sister (on a Saturday night, even) seem like fun.  It's understood, it's understood.  Ah, if only "Don't Be Cruel" had made the cut, but I've got the single, anyhow, and it's a great party in itself for those with short attention spans or limited party time.  (Another favorite from this era would be "You Never Know."  A very Ringo song, even more so than "Wish Upon A Star."  Is "Curly Sue" the essence of Ringo, or is Ringo the essence of "Curly Sue"?  Oh, they're both lovable mop tops!)  Anyroad, your invitation's in the shops.  All you have to do is show up.  What's keeping you?

~ Steven B. Topping

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