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Definintely worth buying in this two-disk package.,
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Back in August last year I had the privilege of visiting the Abbey Road studios and saw this album being remastered. The attention to detail in that work is quite remarkable. So this is definitely an improved and repackaged version of a very good record.
Not that it was recognised as very good when it was first released, when it was fashionable to knock McCartney and praise Lennon. But that was too simplistic then and even more wrong now. McCartney has a gift for writing memorable melodies and here is a record full of them. This album has stood the test of time and many, many people will be buying it and smiling as, in effect, they revisit an old friend.
McCartney has a strange ability to write songs which, on first hearing, sound light and on second hearing you say 'I KNOW that track'. So it is with RAM, and many of his later works too.
Stand out tracks? 'Too Many People' is a good rocking opener. 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey' is up there in the 'hum along' nonsense stakes alongside 'Yellow Submarine'. On the bonus disk, 'Another Day' was brilliant single at the time and 'Oh Woman Oh Why' has its fans too. Most of the remaining bonus material, to be fair, I would expect to be of interest mainly to collectors and 'completists'.
The repackaging is good: a double fold-out cardboard sleeve approach with the original photographs and more, plus the lyrics in a booklet.
Definintely worth buying in this two-disk package. Five stars.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2012 09:16:29 BDT
Mr. M. J. Fouldes says:
I recently bought the 2cd version and thought it wonderful (having never heard the album before)! I loved the way it was packaged and was only disappointed that there were no sleeve notes about the album - I heard there were on the Super Deluxe version but there's no way I could afford that at this time!
But it was all done really well and apart from the lack of more info I really loved it all.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2012 16:58:44 BDT
Stephen Reid says:
I'm glad you like it: it has been a fond memory of mine since my University days.
There is a very good background to the recording of RAM on Wikipedia that you may find helpful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_(album). It captures the febrile atmosphere at the time about the Beatles and their solo careers.
Like you, I couldn't find a way of justifying the expense of the 'super deluxe' edition!
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