SMAS-3375 Ram
Produced by Paul and Linda McCartney
Released on May 17, 1971
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #2
. . . PLATINUM RECORD (2/5/92)
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SMAS-3375 cover
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R am is a magickal, musickal beast -- the measure of venus and mars at least! -- possessed of a nappy golden fleece and strung with the scraps of a beetle’s feast. Credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, the album features supporting musicians and in many ways signals the beginning of Wings. But the music itself recalls The Beatles, perhaps moreso than any other Paul McCartney album. The songs are fleshed out and scorch like little on his first album, even when the stakes are only “Smile Away”. Not that Ram reinvents the wheel -- “Ram On” parallels “Junk” as “Dear Boy” does “Teddy Boy” -- instead it adds a few more wheels and really gets rolling. “Eat At Home,” “Too Many People,” “Heart of the Country” and “Long-Haired Lady” are a vast improvement over “Lovely Linda,” approaching what fans expected from the former Beatle in a rustic mood, while the epic “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” is arguably his magnum opus (whad’r ya saving it for, “Band on the Run?”). Also tucked in at the end is a song that reached the Top 40 in the UK, “The Back Seat of My Car” (and I didn’t even know English cars had a back seat). The remaining bits are a match for McCartney’s filler, silly but with some musical sensibilities: “3 Legs,” “Monkberry Moon Delight” and “Smile Away” (which would be recycled for “Magneto and Titanium Man”). To me, this and Band on the Run best approach the quality of The Beatles. I’m not sure what Linda does on here except for harmony vocals. I remember reading somewhere that the co-credit was financially motivated, which sounds about right (we believe that we can’t be wrong).

SMAS-3375 inner gatefold SMAS-3375 back cover
SMAS-3375 inner gatefold SMAS-3375 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. TOO MANY PEOPLE    (Paul McCartney)    4:09
  2. 3 LEGS    (Paul McCartney)    2:48
  3. RAM ON    (Paul McCartney)    2:30
  4. DEAR BOY    (Paul & Linda McCartney)    2:14
  5. UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY    (Paul & Linda McCartney)    4:50
  6. SMILE AWAY    (Paul McCartney)    4:01
  7. HEART OF THE COUNTRY    (Paul & Linda McCartney)    2:22
  8. MONKBERRY MOON DELIGHT    (Paul & Linda McCartney)    5:25
  9. EAT AT HOME    (Paul & Linda McCartney)    3:22
  10. LONG HAIRED LADY    (Paul & Linda McCartney)    6:05
  11. RAM ON    (Paul McCartney)    0:55
  12. THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR    (Paul McCartney)    4:29

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  13. ANOTHER DAY
  14. OH WOMAN, OH WHY

CREDITS

PAUL McCARTNEY -- art work
LINDA McCARTNEY -- cover photography
HUGH McCRACKEN --
DENNY SEIWELL --
DAVE SPINOZA --
Tim, Ted, Phil, Dixon, Armin and Jim -- sound engineering
Eirik the Norwegian -- mixing engineer

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/NET May 17, 1971 Apple LP PAS 10003  
US/CAN May 17, 1971 Apple LP SMAS-3375 gatefold cover
ARG 1971? Apple LP SLDS-2197  
BRA 1971 Odeon LP SBTX 1015  
GER 1971 Apple LP C 062 04810 gatefold cover
JPN 1971 Apple LP AP-80283  
MEX 1971 Apple LP SLEM-291 gatefold cover
US 1980 Columbia LP JC-36479  
US January 19, 1988 Capitol CD/CS 46612  
UK June 1993 DCC CD GZS-1037 gold disc
UK/GER   Parlophone CD 7 89139 w. bonus tracks
JPN 1999 Toshiba CD TOCP-65501  
RUS 1999 CD-Maximum 2CD 0999-325/6 repackaged w. WINGS OVER AMERICA
EUR 2003 EMI 2CD 592295 repackaged w. McCARTNEY

 

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