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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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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 Seat 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: 9/3/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077774661225
  • Catalog Number: 46612

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Too Many People (4:09)
  2. 2 Three Legs (2:48)
  3. 3 Ram On (2:30)
  4. 4 Dear Boy (2:14)
  5. 5 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (4:50)
  6. 6 Smile Away (4:01)
  7. 7 Heart of the Country (2:22)
  8. 8 Monkberry Moon Delight (5:25)
  9. 9 Eat at Home (3:22)
  10. 10 Long Haired Lady (6:05)
  11. 11 Ram On (0:55)
  12. 12 The Back Seat of My Car (4:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul & Linda McCartney Primary Artist
Paul McCartney Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Linda McCartney Keyboards, Vocals, Track Performer
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Denny Seiwell Drums
David Spinozza Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Arranger, Composer, Producer, Artwork, Audio Production
Linda McCartney Producer, Audio Production
Hugh McCracken Contributor
Denny Seiwell Contributor
David Spinozza Contributor
Steve Hoffman Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Sonic Wonder

    This record is as good as any non-Beatle album gets(the four of them together were simply magic). Pompous reviewers (like Mr. Erlewine) that claim most of this album is filler (like all Paul's work of course) are brain dead cretins. Monkberry Moon Delight, Too Many People, Heart of the Country and the other filler on this record all have an incredible energy and groove. If you're open minded, appreciate imaginative melodic rock and roll and are not locked into one-dimensional musicians like Bruce Springsteen (drones), Dave Mathews (wails), Metallica (makes loud noises), Madonna (talentless), Ozzy (wasted), the Dead (stoned), etc.., buy this album. Don't believe the McCartney critics that refuse to recognize his incredible playing, singing and songwriting talents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ram on!

    I'd just listened to this album recently and I think it is among one of his best early solo albums, next to McCartney and Band on the Run (although that's Wings). After thirty-two years, it's still fresh and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    McCartney Rocks!

    One of his best albums, ever! I loved it when it first came out and still do!

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