In just a seven-year span, The Beatles were able to write, compose and release a dozen full-length albums. All of which, it might be noted, were included among Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greateast Albums of All Time". Oh, by the way, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (#1), "Revolver" (#3), "Rubber Soul" (#5) and "The Beatles (The White Album)" (#10) were all ranked within the top ten of said list. "Rubber Soul", the earliest of which, was released in December of 1965. "The White Album", the latest of the four, dropped in November of 1968. In three years a single band created, arguably, four of the ten best records in the history of rock and roll. Not bad, eh?
Nowadays, three years seems to be about the time it takes for up-and-coming contemporary artists to release a follow-up to their debut effort. It should go without saying that rarely are these long-awaited records worthy of being mentioned among the likes of "Sgt. Pepper's" and "Revolver". Whether you blame it on a transformed music industry, MTV, exorbitant rock star lifestyles, or all or none of the above, few would argue that they just don't make them like they used to.
Nonetheless, several artists did manage to introduce new material this week. One of them (surprise!) happened to be a member of the Fab Four.
Despite having little left to prove at age 69, the world's most famous drummer, Ringo Starr, premiered his 16th studio album, "Y Not", on Tuesday. The promotion of the new record, described by Rolling Stone contributing editor Christian Hoard as "full of straightforward, sweetly melodic tunes, most of them about Starr's abiding optimism," was kicked into high gear by Starr himself last night with an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". "Walk With You", a track in which he duets with former band mate Paul McCartney, is sure to make Beatle freaks of all ages squeal with delight.
Other notable releases from Tuesday include indie-pop rockers Vampire Weekend with "Contra", their sophomore effort and follow-up to 2008's immensely successful self-titled debut. The New York-based quartet even celebrated the the birth of "Contra" by premiering much of their new material live at the Music Box in Hollywood last night. Additionally, treadmill-aficionados OK Go dropped their third LP, "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky", while the Jersey punk rockers known as The Bouncing Souls released "Ghosts on the Boardwalk", their ninth studio album to date. Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel also made news with his debut solo record, "Hustler's Son".