Stop And Smell The Roses CD


Initial UK Release Date No Official UK CD Release
Initial UK Catalogue Number
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) Failed To Chart
Peak UK Chart Position


Ringo’s eighth official solo album was originally 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.

There has been no official release of Stop And Smell The Roses on CD in the UK though in the US it was released on 20 September 1994 on The Right Stuff label under catalogue number T2-29676.

Details of my copy are shown below

US Release (Possibly)

The pictures below are of my US copy which is actually still sealed so I suppose you could say everything is still in excellent condition. There was an unofficial Russian release in 2016 that looks exactly like this one but has a transparent tray – from the little bit of the tray on my copy that I can see it doesn’t appear transparent though I can’t be 100% sure.

Estimated Value : £10 – £15




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