Rolling Stone (8/6/92, p.59) - 3 Stars - Good - "...the drummer's most consistent, wide-awake album since RINGO, from 1973...stands as heartening proof that Mr. Starkey has something to offer at fifty-two..."
Entertainment Weekly (6/5/92, p.56) - "...an album that's so sunny and good-spirited you'll be tempted to pinch it..." - Rating: B
Musician (8/92, p.90) - "...it's incredible how much pop sense he can pack into that drawling deadpan...this album [is] his most consistent since RINGO..."
Audio Magazine (9/92, p.104) - "...a gentle, entertaining set of melodic pop tunes that explore mature themes of loving and living..."
Personnel: Ringo Starr (vocals, drums, percussion); Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards); Andrew Gold, Andrew Sturmer, Roger Manning (guitar, background vocals); Michael Landau, David Grissom, Michael Thompson, Jeff Baxter, Waddy Wachtel, Mark Goldenberg (guitar); Susie Katayama (cello); Jim Horn (saxophone); Benmont Tench (piano, organ, keyboards); Jamie Muhoberac, Jeffrey Vanston, Robbie Buchanan (keyboards); Neil Stubenhaus, Bob Glaub, James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass); Peter Asher (tambourine, background vocals); Mark Hudson (percussion, background vocals); Brian Wilson, Valerie Carter, Doug Fieger, Berton Averre (background vocals); Harry Nilsson.
Producers: Don Was, Jeff Lynne, Peter Asher, Phil Ramone.
Engineers include: Ed Cherney, Rik Pekkonen, Richard Dodd.
Recorded at Conway Studios, Rumbo Studios, Studio F, Capitol Studios and Westlake Studios, Los Angeles.
After spending most of the '80s pursuing his acting career and being a celebrity sideman for other artists, Ringo Starr started barnstorming with a group of famous musicians named the All-Starr Band. The success of these tours spurred Starr back into the studio for 1992's criminally underrated TIME TAKES TIME. This joyous pop album features the contributions of many younger musicians and was Starr's strongest solo showing since his hit albums of the early '70s.
Enlisting the aid of Roger Manning and Andy Sturmer, members of psychedelic popsters Jellyfish, Starr ended up recording their irresistible "I Don't Believe You." The duo's Beatlesque harmonies are a highlight, as are their appearances on "Weight Of The World" and "Don't Know A Thing About Love," where they're joined by The Knack's Doug Fieger and Berton Averre. Starr astutely covers the Posies' "Golden Blunders," and his impressive co-writing prowess produces "Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go" and "Runaways," proving Ringo to be much more than just the "Funny Beatle."