Stop And Smell The Roses LP


UK Release Date 20 November 1981
UK Catalogue Number RCA RCALP 6022
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed To Chart
Peak UK Chart Position
Lowest Matrix Numbers RCALP 6022 A-1U and RCALP 6022 B-1U


Ringo’s eighth official solo album was released in the UK on 20 November 1981 where, as was getting to be a familier occurence, it failed to chart. In the US it was released a month earlier on 27 October 1981 where it reached number 98 during a twelve week stay. This would be Ringo’s only release with RCA in the UK who dropped him after the poor showing of this album.

The album was recorded between July 1980 and February 1981 at Super Bear Studios in France, Cherokee Studios in LA, George’s home studios at his Friar Park home and Compass Point Studios in LA. Paul wrote, produced and appears on two tracks on the album – Private Property and Attention – and also produced and appears on a third – Sure To Fall (In Love With You). George wrote, produced and appears on Wrack My Brain and also produced and appears on You Belong To Me. In late November 1980 John also agreed to appear on the album, giving Ringo a demo of Nobody Told Me, and a studio date was set for 14 January 1981. Sadly, following the events of 8 December 1980, this session never took place.

Also appearing on the album, amongst others, were Harry Nilsson, who also wrote and produced Drumming Is My Madness, co wrote with Ringo and produced Stop And Take The Time To Smell The Roses, and produced the new arrangement of Back Off Boogaloo, Ron Wood, who also co wrote and co produced Dead Giveaway with Ringo, Stephen Stills, who also wrote and produced Nice Way, Linda McCartney, Lawrence Juber, Howie Casey, Herbie Flowers, Al Kooper, Ray Cooper and Jim Keltner.

The front cover features a head and shoulders shot of Ringo holding a bunch of roses whilst on the rear we see the top half of Ringo, holding just a couple of roses and hiding his face with his arm. He appears to be wearing a police uniform. Amongst the acknowledgements on the back, the last one listed is “Thanks to my Three Brothers”. There is also a lyric sheet with the album.

Details of my copy are shown below

UK First Press

The pictures below are of my first press copy which has the matrix numbers RCALP 6022 A-1U and RCALP 6022 B-1U. Also hand etched into each side is JA TAPE ONE which refers to Jack Adams who was the cutting engineer. Visually the record looks in beautiful condition and it plays through just about perfectly. The laminated sleeve is in fantastic condition, showing hardly any signs of wear and tear, whilst the lyric sheet too is in great condition. It also has a plain white inner which is fully intact.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15



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