Ram [4CD/1DVD Deluxe Book Box Set]

Ram [4CD/1DVD Deluxe Book Box Set]

by Paul McCartney
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Ram [4CD/1DVD Deluxe Book Box Set]

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. [The deluxe version of Ram offers a wealth of riches: a second side containing non-LP singles and B-sides plus outtakes, the very rare mono mix of the album, the Percy "Thrills" Thrillington instrumental version of the album, and a DVD, all housed in a handsome hardcover book. There is also a two-disc reissue containing just the non-LP bonus material, which includes not only the "Another Day"/"Oh Woman, Oh Why" single and the B-side "Little Woman Love" but also these unreleased cuts: the terrific little pop tune "A Love for You," the charming ditty "Hey Diddle," the ramshackle blues instrumental "Great Cock and Seagull Race," the pummeling hard rocker "Rode All Night" that stretches out for eight minutes, and the pretty instrumental "Sunshine Sometime." Hardcore fans will definitely find the big set to be a worthwhile investment, though: the Thrillington album may be little more than a curiosity but it's fun enough and the mono mix is a delight, a punchier version of the familiar tunes with a few minor variations in the mixes. These extras, combined with the gorgeous book and DVD, do make this a necessary indulgence for fanatics.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2012
Label: Hear Music
UPC: 0888072334502
catalogNumber: 33450
Rank: 12019

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist
Geoff Emerick   Overdubs
Richard Hewson   Conductor
Jon Kelly   Overdubs

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Artwork
Percy Thrillington   Producer
George Martin   Orchestration
Tony Clark   Engineer
Geoff Emerick   Engineer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Richard Hewson   Arranger,Orchestration
Nancy Jeffries   Copyright Coordinator
Jon Kelly   Engineer
Linda McCartney   Composer,Producer,Cover Photo
Hipgnosis   Artwork
Ted Brosnan   Engineer
Matt Butler   Engineer
Roger Huggett   Creative Consultant
Jeff Cummins   Paintings
Dixon Van Winkle   Engineer
Dave Bogart   Copyright Coordinator
Roy Benson   Video Director
Claudia Schmid   Photo Coordination
Patricia O'Hearn   Copyright Coordinator
Ben Ib   Director,Animation
Simon Harper   Introduction
Phil Hignett   Engineer

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Ram 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of this album since it was first released in 1971. The remastering brings elements of the recording much more to the front. I am hearing things that did not seem present on the original release. Buy this & listen to it with a good headset. You won't be sorry!
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of his best albums, ever! I loved it when it first came out and still do!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.