November 15, 1974
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Album Review

Goodnight Vienna was very much a follow-up to Ringo, on which Ringo Starr called upon his bevy of musical buddies. Most prominent among them was John Lennon, who again wrote the leadoff track, "(It's All Da-Da-Down To) Goodnight Vienna," and played on three songs; also included are Elton John, who wrote and played on "Snookeroo," Dr. John, Billy Preston, Robbie Robertson, and Harry Nilsson. Richard Perry again produced, bringing his strong pop sensibility to the diverse material. The only real fall-off was in the songwriting; the album's Top Ten hits were "Only You," the old Platters song, and Hoyt Axton's novelty number "No No Song," which winked at intoxicants, but little else on the set stood out. Goodnight Vienna was another enjoyable Ringo record, but it lacked the star power and consistency of its predecessor. Still, compared to the rest of his '70s albums, it was a masterpiece.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. (It's All da-Da-Down to) Goodnight Vienna
  2. Occapella
  3. Oo-Wee
  4. Husbands and Wives
  5. Snookeroo
  6. All by Myself
  7. Call Me
  8. The No No Song
  9. Only You (And You Alone)
  10. Easy for Me
  11. (It's All da-Da-Down to) Goodnight Vienna (Reprise)
  12. Back off Boogaloo
  13. Blindman
  14. Six O'Clock [Extended Version]