Paul & Linda McCartney - Ram

2017 Reissue Single CD, Cardboard Package, US Pressing

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Ram is the second solo album by English musician and songwriter Paul McCartney, originally released in May 1971 by Apple Records.

After the breakup, Beatles fans expected major statements from the three chief songwriters in the Fab Four. John and George fulfilled those expectations, but McCartney certainly didn't, turning toward the modest charms of ‘McCartney’, and then crediting his wife Linda as a full-fledged collaborator on its 1971 follow-up, Ram.

Where ‘McCartney’ was homemade, sounding deliberately ragged in parts, Ram had a fuller production yet retained that ramshackle feel, sounding as if it were recorded in a shack out back, not far from the farm where the cover photo of Paul holding the ram by the horns was taken.

It's filled with songs that feel tossed off, filled with songs that are cheerfully, incessantly melodic; it turns the monumental symphonic sweep of Abbey Road into a cheeky slice of whimsy on the two-part suite "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey."

All this made Ram an object of scorn and derision, but in retrospect it looks like nothing so much as the first indie pop album, a record that celebrates small pleasures with big melodies, a record that's guileless and unembarrassed to be cutesy. But McCartney never was quite the sap of his reputation, and even here, on possibly his most precious record, there's some ripping rock & roll in the mock-apocalyptic goof "Monkberry Moon Delight", the joyfully noisy "Smile Away", where his feet can be smelled a mile away, and "Eat At Home", a rollicking, winking sex song. All three of these are songs filled with good humour, and their foundation in old-time rock & roll makes it easy to overlook how inventive these productions are.

On the more obviously tuneful and gentle numbers, (the ones that are more quintessentially McCartney-esque), it's plain to see how imaginative and gorgeous the arrangements are, especially on the sad, soaring finale, "Back Seat Of My Car", but even on its humble opposite, the sweet "Heart Of The Country".

Ram is endearing and enduring, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year.

Check out the tracks: “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”, “The Back Seat Of My Car” and “Eat At Home”. 

This album is a 2017 reissue on CD housed in a cardboard sleeve with printed booklet, featuring the 2012 remastered audio, pressed in the US via Capitol Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

1

Too Many People

4:10

2

3 Legs

2:44

3

Ram On

2:26

4

Dear Boy

2:12

5

Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey

4:49

6

Smile Away

3:51

7

Heart Of The Country

2:21

8

Monkberry Moon Delight

5:21

9

Eat At Home

3:18

10

Long Haired Lady

5:54

11

Ram On (Reprise)

0:52

12

The Back Seat Of My Car

4:26

SKU 602557567663
Record Label Capitol Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number B0027084-02
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 17 November 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 17 May 1971
Barcode # 602557567663
Shipping Weight 0.0650kg
Shipping Width 0.015m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.001479m3
Type New
Format Compact Disc, Cardboard Packaging, Reissue and Repackaging of 2012 Remastered Audio Reissue Paul McCartney Archive Collection, Single CD without Bonus Material
Format CD
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Pop
Genre Classic Rock

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