Meet the Beatle: A Guide to Ringo Starr's Solo Career in 20 Songs

A crash course in the last 45 years of the most under-appreciated Beatle

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"It Don't Come Easy" (1971)

Partly a foretelling of the laid-back ease of Seventies soft rock ("you don't have to shout or leap about"), 1971's "It Don't Come Easy" is nonetheless deservedly Starr's most acclaimed hit. Greil Marcus included it in his "Treasure Island" discography appendix of Stranded, where Ringo's one-single entry tied him with solo John Lennon ("God") and beat solo George Harrison (zilch — Paul McCartney got all of Band on the Run). In I Wanna Be Sedated: Pop Music in the Seventies, Phil Dellio and Scott Woods called "It Don't Come Easy" and "Photograph" "probably the two best post-Beatles singles of all." Not bad for a casually ornate three-minute brass-and-cymbal-hooked semi-Phil Spector homage featuring gospel-ish choral backup by two guys in Badfinger.

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