New CDs from a Beatle, Magnetic Fields, Eels

Before you smirk at the thought of Ringo Starr as a solo artist, remember this: "Photograph." Sure, George Harrison co-wrote the song, but it still stands as one of the finest moments by any former Beatle.

Starr's latest collection, ‘‘Liverpool 8’’ is out on Capitol on Tuesday. Dave Stewart, of the Eurythmics fame, produces.

Other new albums to give a chance: • "Distortion," by the minimalist keyboard-fueled Magnetic Fields.• ‘‘Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2007’’ by the Eels. A two-CD, one DVD collection of odds and ends from emo E and his crew.