“Time To Play B-Sides”- “Early 1970”- Ringo Starr. This might not be at the top of any lists of greatest B-sides ever- but it is one of my favorites. “Early 1970” the B-side to Ringo’s greatest A-side “It Don’t Come Easy” is a peace offering to his brothers John, Paul and George. Ringo’s lyrics talk about the current personal lives of Paul, John and George -in that order- and speculate on the chances of them making music together again.
Of all The Beatles inter-group relationships- John and Paul, John and George, George and Paul- there were at times tension. John and Paul looked at George as a junior partner- especially in songwriting and while they were no doubt happy George in the second half of The Beatles was coming up with some songwriting gems- he was moving into their territory. George felt his songs weren’t getting the attention they deserved and resented it. There was the rivalry between John and Paul on who was coming up with the better songs- for the next single for example. Towards the end there was a lot of squabbling. The one consistent was Ringo. Ringo was usually on good terms with everyone. In the post- Beatles years all three of the others would write songs for Ringo or perform on his albums [it never happened that all four were together though at one time.} Ringo was the most ordinary Beatle- and he wasn’t a threat to the others with his songwriting. He knew what his strengths and weaknesses were.
The original title for Early 1970- was “When Four Knights Come To Town.” Note- I read that last night Ringo appeared on stage and played a couple songs with Paul at Paul’s Dodger Stadium concert.