Catherine Ringer ‎– Ring N' Roll

Label:
Because Music ‎– BEC5772833
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Etched, Album, Gatefold
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Tracklist

Vinyl Album
A1 Vive L'Amour 3:36
A2 Punk 103 4:02
A3 Z Bar 3:52
A4 Yalala 3:43
B1 Prends-Moi 3:52
B2 Got It Sweet 4:03
B3 How Do You Tu 3:17
B4 Quel Est Ton Nom 2:25
C1 Pardon 3:42
C2 Si Un Jour 3:55
C3 Mahler 5:29
C4 Rendez-Vous 3:00
CD Album
1 Vive L'Amour 3:37
2 Punk 103 4:02
3 Z Bar 3:53
4 Yalala 3:44
5 Prends-Moi 3:52
6 Got It Sweet 4:04
7 How Do You Tu 3:18
8 Quel Est Ton Nom 2:26
9 Pardon 3:45
10 Si Un Jour 3:56
11 Mahler 5:30
12 Rendez-Vous 3:00

Notes

Double vinyl with Side D etched "Ring'n'Roll"
CD inserted in first LP cover
Gatefold sleeve

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 060107 728332

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BEC5772819 Catherine Ringer Ring n' Roll(CD, Album) Because Music BEC5772819 France 2011 Sell This Version
BEC5772619 Catherine Ringer Ring n' Roll(CDr, Album, Promo) Because Music BEC5772619 France 2011 Sell This Version
0825646721023 Catherine Ringer Ring n' Roll(CD, Album) Because Music, Six Sarl, Warner Music International 0825646721023 Europe 2011 Sell This Version

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toshberman

toshberman

December 5, 2017

These days when I think of the word France I immediately think of Catherine Ringer. She and her late partner in crime, Fred Chichin were in Les Rita Mitsouko, not only the greatest band in France, but I think one of the great groups of the 1980s. Chichin a great multi-instrumentalist and co-writer along with Ringer was a force of nature that couldn't fail to charm. When I heard their album in Los Angeles at my friend's studio, I was seduced by the first song on side one. Since the tragic passing of Chichin, I worried about what will happen to Catherine Ringer. Worries are worries, but "Ring n' Roll" (released in 2011) is as great as any Les Rita Mitsouko album.

Ringer has that 'it' quality that is difficult to define. A great beauty, but the additional charm of her personality and force is breathtaking at times. Beside Grace Jones, there is not another chic artist like Catherine. She can walk into the room and transform it into another dimension. So when she gets hold of a song, it's a wow moment. On the most elementary level, I think of her as a French female Iggy Pop. Another artist who has that 'it' quality that is hard to dispute or understand. For one, Ringer knows how to rock. As a singer, she can sing the most heartbreaking melody, but then in a flip of a coin, she can be hysterical. Truly a star at its most glamorous and profound stature. "Ring n' Roll" is 12 songs long and not a bump in the road for the entire album. She works with RZA, Mark Plati (one of David Bowie's great musicians), who I presume is her son, Rauol Chichin (on guitar), and a Japanese artist by the name of Coba. Which funny enough the song, "Rendez-Vous" sounds like a Shibuya pop song from the 90s, but with Ringer bringing the music to a more textural level.

Life cannot be a bowl of cherries for our Catherine, but when I listen to this album, I'm smiling from Side A to Side C (three-sided album). The production (by Ringer, as well as RZA and Plati) is always a surprise, in that it follows the logic of one's imagination. It has the Iggy "Lust for Life" zeal, but I feel Ringer takes it to the next level - a genius level. One of the great artists of the 20th and 21st century.