Let's face it, Ringo doesn't make 'great' albums.
I disagree with you. I think people would realize how good they are if they would actually listen to them. 'Ringo Rama' is incredible in my opinion. So good, I place it in the top 5 slot of any of the fours solo efforts. Everybody i've ever played that album to couldnt believe it was Ringo, but since it is, it gets dismissed.
Even his so called 'best' album - Ringo - is very good, but I wouldn't say great.
'Time Takes Time', 'Vertical Man', 'Rama', 'Choose Love', and 'I Wanna Be Santa Claus' are all better than 'Ringo', but nobody will admit it because its the right thing to do to call 'Ringo' his greatest. I dare anybody to sit down with any of the albums I mentioned and listen to any one of them along with 'Ringo' and I bet you'd be surprised.
Don't get me wrong, I like Ringo, he's a great drummer. But that's what he is - a great drummer, not a great songwriter. His albums - and I have quite a few - are largely mediocre affairs, average on production quality, but with a couple of 'corkers'. His new album doesn't seem to contain any high points, for me.
I cant find faults with the production of his last 5 or so albums. Lets not judge based on 'Ringo the 4th', 'Rotogravure', or 'Stop and Smell the Roses'. This is when Ringo lost everybody.
I like the new album a lot, but I need a few more listens to failry judge it.
I haven't heard his comments on Johnathon Ross, so I can't comment about that. He may be bitter that he's not seen in the same light as McCartney, but then The Beatles was a long time ago, and McCartney's done so much more. If he doesn't care for Liverpool (as has been suggested), then he should not use the place to plug his album.
I have no idea what he said on Ross' show.
Anyway, MAF has been out for how long? 10 months? 45 posts for an album that's been out less than a week isn't bad, I think.
Come on BM. Pauls thread had 45 replies an hour after it was announced he was releasing an album. Its just the way things are. Nobody takes Ringo seriously and I think its a crime, but if nobody can be bothered to pick up one of his albums, thats the way its going to be.