Starr releasing his solo catalog online


Ringo Starr has signed a deal to release his Capitol/EMI catalog online.

Downloads of his hit 1970 album, "Beacoups of Blues," and 1973's "Ringo" will be available Aug. 28, along with a compilation album, "Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr," his publicist said.

The best-of collection, with tracks such as "It Don't Come Easy" and "Sentimental Journey," also will be released on CD and as a collector's edition CD/DVD package featuring a film and video clips.

Six Ringo Starr ringtones also will be offered.

"Liverpool 8," a solo album by the Beatle, is planned for a January 2008 release. Starr's first solo recording contract after the Beatles broke up was with Capitol/EMI, from 1970-75.

His former Fab Four bandmate Paul McCartney released his 21st solo album, "Memory Almost Full," this month.

The Beatles catalog remains unavailable for downloading, though EMI has said it is working on a deal to put the songs online.