Ram [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the breakup, Beatles fans expected major statements from the three chief songwriters in the Fab Four. John and George fulfilled those expectations -- Lennon with his lacerating, confessional John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Harrison with his triple-LP All Things Must Pass -- but Paul 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After the breakup, Beatles fans expected major statements from the three chief songwriters in the Fab Four. John and George fulfilled those expectations -- Lennon with his lacerating, confessional John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Harrison with his triple-LP All Things Must Pass -- but Paul 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 upon its release (and for years afterward, in fact), 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 humor, and their foundation in old-time rock & roll makes it easy to overlook how inventive these productions are, but 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 of My Car," but even on its humble opposite, the sweet "Heart of the Country." These songs may not be self-styled major statements, but they are endearing and enduring, as is Ram itself, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 077778913924
  • Catalog Number: 789139

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Many People - Linda McCartney (4:10)
  2. 2 Three Legs - Linda McCartney (2:47)
  3. 3 Ram On - Linda McCartney (2:29)
  4. 4 Dear Boy - Linda McCartney (2:15)
  5. 5 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Linda McCartney (4:54)
  6. 6 Smile Away - Linda McCartney (3:54)
  7. 7 Heart of the Country - Linda McCartney (2:23)
  8. 8 Monkberry Moon Delight - Linda McCartney (5:25)
  9. 9 Eat at Home - Linda McCartney (3:24)
  10. 10 Long Haired Lady - Linda McCartney (6:04)
  11. 11 Ram On - Linda McCartney (0:55)
  12. 12 The Back Seat of My Car - Linda McCartney (4:37)
  13. 13 Another Day - Linda McCartney (3:44)
  14. 14 Oh Woman, Oh Why - Linda McCartney (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul & Linda McCartney Primary Artist
Paul McCartney Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Linda McCartney Keyboards, Vocals
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Denny Seiwell Drums
David Spinozza Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dixon Engineer
Linda McCartney Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Armin Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bonus tracks make this a better album

    Let's face it, some (post Beatles) Paul McCartney albums are great and some stink. Ram is closer to the great end of the spectrum and the addition of the "Another Day" single (A and B sides) makes this CD much better (I highly recommend the Bonus Tracks CD over the non bonus CD - but this bonus tracks CD can be found cheaper than this). Ram is hardly an essential Rock classic but it is one of Paul's more enjoyable efforts.

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