Review: Ram – Paul and Linda McCartney

Following up the multi-platinum release of McCartney (1970), Paul McCartney, who included Linda as a creator, issued RAM with several wonderful tracks that included the finger-pointing tune, “Too Many People”, and the breakthrough hit, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”.  “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”, which clocked in at almost five minutes of pure audio perfection, was too difficult to edit because of its flow.  (“Too Many People” was a B-side to that hit.)

Needless to say, Ram set the stage for Paul McCartney, whose next album would come from a formed band, Wings.  RAM contained twelve songs, all of which showcased a Paul McCartney that needed to be, for all purposes, a talent of his own worth, quite separated from the Beatles.  RAM succeeded with its rich smorgasbord of songs.

The newly remastered album released for the series, the ambitious Paul McCartney Archive Collection, is wonderful to listen to.  And if it were not for the actual presence of the added bonuses of an extra disc of tracks, and a DVD, we would be happy all the same.

The second disc includes eight more tracks, all outtakes from RAM sessions.  On it you’ll will be rewarded with “Another Day”, and “Oh Woman, Oh Why” as well as a collection of new mix versions of songs.  The DVD contains Ramming, an 11-minute documentary of the making of RAM, several promo films that include “Heart of The Country”, “3 Legs”, and “Hey Diddle”, and a short film entitled “Eat At Home On Tour”.

RAM is a significant title in the Paul McCartney catalogue, so much so that it is consistently remembered not only by its two well-known tracks (“Too Many People”, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”), but also by its iconic cover with Paul holding the horns of a ram within a ’60s-based color outlay.

This new remastered re-release of RAM is an essential pick-up, regardless of which form you regain it as (there are single CD, 2CD, LP, and a massive Deluxe Edition with bound book packages for you to choose from).

Release Date: May 22, 2012

–Matt Rowe