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|1. Too Many People|
|2. 3 Legs|
|3. Ram On|
|4. Dear Boy|
|5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey|
|6. Smile Away|
|7. Heart of the Country|
|8. Monkberry Moon Delight|
|9. Eat at Home|
|10. Long Haired Lady|
See all 12 tracks on this disc
|1. Another Day|
|2. Oh Woman, Oh Why|
|3. Little Woman Love|
|4. A Love for You (Jon Kelly Mix)|
|5. Hey Diddle (Dixon Van Winkle Mix)|
|6. Great Cock and Seagull Race (Dixon Van Winkle Mix)|
|7. Rode All Night|
|8. Sunshine Sometime (Earliest Mix)|
Despite reaching No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US, Ram received harsh reviews, with Paul perceived as the bread-head who broke up the group. Yet decades on, as is so often the way, the music has triumphed, the antipathy set aside. Now, the cool thing to say is that the 1971 album – McCartney’s second post-Fabs, his last before Wings, and the only one co-billed with Linda – is one of his best.
Its stylistic grab-bag makes a highly entertaining spree, punctuated with bursts of true genius. There’s little coherence – it leaps restlessly from grandiose to silly, as is Macca’s way – but the best moments are breathtaking.
The UK single The Back Seat of My Car stalled, astonishingly, at number 39, but it’s a textbook example of why it’s impossible to sneer at this master craftsman for long. Romantic, surging, loaded with melodic twists and dynamic swoops which rip your heart out while smiling innocently, it’s a career pinnacle from a golden, competitive era.
Mr and Mrs McCartney sketched the songs while on a "get away from it all" holiday in the Mull of Kintyre, and then recorded in New York and L.A. with swiftly recruited musicians. Linda serves as backing vocalist (though she comes to the fore on Long Haired Lady).
Paul’s voice throughout shows uncanny range: although the whole vibe tries to say not-trying-too-hard, he proved a few points to Lennon. There are a couple of R&B plodders (Smile Away, Monkberry Moon Delight), but Heart of the Country is all rustic charm and the brilliant centre-piece (and US single) Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey is Abbey Road in microcosm.
Ripe for another re-evaluation, this reissue also offers rare/unreleased tracks, Paul’s orchestral version of the album, Thrillington, and that exquisite jewel, Another Day. Slaughtered at birth, Ram has lived on to fight.
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This is my favourite of all the Paul McCartney deluxe editions. This is so well made and the quality is brilliant. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Adam Smith
I still don't know whether I like this album or not. I was first attracted to it on hearing 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey' on a compilation, but I was primed to reject it on the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sean Gilligan
Great album. I haven't listened to a lot of Paul or Linda McCartney's stuff and I'm not a Beatles fan either, to be honest, but I love this album. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Youssii
ME AND RINGO BOTH DONT THINK THERE'S A GOOD TUNE ON IT .IS A CONTINUAATION OF WHAT MACCA STARTED WITH HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM -A COLLECTION OF FAIRLY MEANINGLESS " ODDS & SODS... Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. M. Walker
I listened to this album played by other students in the early 1970's, although my taste was more for Pink Floyd. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C. G. Boden