TVD Celebrates the
Paul McCartney Archive Collection: RAM

TVD is delighted to have been selected by the team behind the Paul McCartney Archive Collection to exclusively spotlight the meticulous work Paul has personally supervised with the reissue series from his back catalog—all newly re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

In the spirit of the season, the entire Paul McCartney Archive Collection to date, as well as 2012’s Kisses on the Bottom will be available to TVD readers through a series of special giveaways during the month of December, courtesy of Sir Paul and his team. We’ll be selecting five winners for each 180 gram vinyl reissue package.

We return to our giveaways anew this week with the only LP credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, 1971’s RAM.

RAM, simply put, is the first Paul McCartney release completely devoid of John’s musical influence, Pitchfork noted with its review this past May. “Of course, John wiggled his way into some of the album’s lyrics– in those fresh, post-breakup years, the two couldn’t quite keep each other out of their music. But musically, RAM proposes an alternate universe where young Paul skipped church the morning of July 6, 1957, and the two never crossed paths. It’s breezy, abstracted, completely hallucinogen-free, and utterly lacking grandiose ambitions. It’s an album whistled to itself. It’s purely Paul.”

“Or actually, ‘Paul and Linda.’ This was another one of Paul’s chief RAM-related offenses: He not only invited his new photographer bride into the recording studio, he included her name on the record’s spine. RAM is the only album in recorded history credited to the artist duo ‘Paul and Linda McCartney,’ and in the sense that Linda’s enthusiastically warbling vocals appear on almost every song, it’s entirely accurate.”

“This reissue comes with a disc of extras from the period, which hardcore McCartney fans will already know well. They are lovely, an extension of the album’s mood and world without interrupting it or diluting it. Songs like “Another Day” and “Hey Diddle” feel like a cracked-open door onto the kind of records Paul could have conceivably gone on making forever.”

RAM, originally released in May of 1971, is the only album to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney. The album topped the charts hitting #1 in the UK and #2 in the US. The album also gave Paul his first post-Beatles US number 1 single with “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and a Grammy win for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.

• Two disc 180 gram audiophile vinyl edition remastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Includes rare and previously unreleased tracks
• Downloadable audio of the original album and bonus tracks included

Remastered Album:
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
11. Ram On
12. The Back Seat Of My Car

Bonus audio CD Featuring rare tracks:
1. Another Day (previously released as a single)
2. Oh Woman, Oh Why (B-side of Another Day single)
3. Little Woman Love (B-side of Mary Had A Little Lamb single)
4. A Love For You (previously unreleased mix)
5. Hey Diddle (previously unreleased mix)
6. Great Cock And Seagull Race (previously unreleased, instrumental track)
7. Rode All Night (previously unreleased)
8. Sunshine Sometime (previously unreleased, instrumental track)

Enter to win RAM from the Paul McCartney Archive Collection by telling us in the comments below what this LP has meant to you over the years—briefly!—and why perhaps your well-worn LP could use a remastered upgrade.

Each contest among this special series will last a full calendar week. Five entrants with a North American mailing address will be selected as winners a week from today, 12/17.

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  • Charles

    RAM has always been one of my favorite McCartney albums because of its simplicity and depth.  I got a used copy of RAM that had been well worn even before I got a chance to add hours to it.  Getting a new copy would be a great Christmas surprise.

  • DeanKeim

    I got RAM in 1984, and it was like my 5th vinyl I ever purchased, and has always been one of my most played records. I will forever keep my old disc for sentimental tearjerking reasons, but I would LOVE a new remastered copy for actual smooth listening

  • bonoedgey

    I was first exposed to this album approx 12yrs ago when I saw a picture in the old HRC in NYC.  There was a pic of John holding the pig, mocking some say Paul and this cover.  Its a great album. I have been recently trying to collect many of the beatles, solo,etc on vinyl. This would hold a special place in my library.

  • onemeg

    There is so much greatness on RAM I don’t even know where to start!  Paul has always been a light and inspiration in my life, and this album is one of my favorites!  It would be amazing to own this on vinyl!

  • darnfloor

    I have never owned this album, but not due to lack of interest. Funds can be tight at times and what a wonderful opportunity it would be to finally add it to my collection through this giveaway. Many of these songs have been a part of my life through many years of listening to the radio. To get to know the other songs more intimately would be fabulous! Thanks again for the chance to own Ram. Mike

  • steveinlouisville

    My second solo-McCartney album, received as a hand-me down from my aunt when I was about 12 years old around 1983.  Loved it then, still love it now, still gets played almost 30 years later.
    I bought the mono-reissue and the box, haven’t picked up the stereo-vinyl remaster yet.

  • Justin B

    When I was in grade school, I had a cassette from my dad that simply said “Ram” on it. I knew it was a Paul McCartney album only because I had the 7″ single for Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey b/w Too Many People. I played the tape to death, even though I had no idea what the other songs were called. I made my best guesses and wrote them on the tape cover, and when I was finally old enough to buy the album for myself, I found I was only wrong on one – I had titled Eat At Home as “Little Lady.” 🙂 It’s always been my favorite McCartney album.

  • Bob K

    I’ve loved this album since I was a kid, and have dropped copies on many of my friends over the years who had avoided it due to years of drubbing by the critics. I’d love to hear Paul’s new remaster!

  • Brandon

    I first heard Ram late last year, so I don’t have “years” with it, but holy junk… The first time I listened to it I thought “Its like all of the fun Beatles songs all together on one cohesive album.” I still wonder how it isn’t his most popular album. The CD hasn’t left my car since I bought it and I find myself playing it over and over and over.Its honestly my favorite album from any of the individual Beatles. I just have yet to find it on vinyl anywhere…

  • Donnnie

    Always wanted to know what pissed off John so much that he had to write a response with “How Do You Sleep”. After hearing the various inside attacks sprinkled throughout RAM, I finally understood.

  • helgab

    I discovered Paul’s solo and Wings lp’s in the mid-80’s when I was attending secondary school. I roamed second hand record stores and flea markets, and was always ever so happy to find something (ex-)Beatles related. Where my classmates adored new wave music, I absolutely hated it and felt I did not fit in. I stayed at home and listened to my records. ‘Ram’ was copied onto a cassette, and  I took it along to play in the car when my parents and me drove to Spain for the annual summer holidays. I remember turning the volume high up and opening the car window, whenever my parents made a stop. I wanted everyone in the street to hear this simple yet very inventive fantastic music… and I still love it.

  • dwtoohey

    My parents were like most parents in the 1960s – “You wouldn’t dare let your hair grow long like those dreadful Beatles!” – but I recall my family vacation to Oregon in the summer of 1971 like it was yesterday. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey playing on the radio, and my dad, humming to the trumpet solo, asking his 11 year old Beatles fan “Who wrote this song?” After I told him it was one of those dreadful Beatles, he said “Well, that Paul may have long hair, but he sure writes a catchy tune.” From then on, it was acceptable to be a Beatles fan. Throughout the rest of his life, whenever my dad saw a story on Paul he would tell me “I really love that song, what’s it called, Hands Across the Water?” Needless to say, this LP has a special meaning for me – it was the gateway ‘Beatles’ album for my parents, opening up a huge back catalog of great music to share (LPs I already secretly owned). It was a HUGE treat for me when Paul played “Ram On” live on the ukelele in Denver in Summer 2010. I don’t need to explain why my original 1971 vinyl is worn, but also sacred. It will never see another needle. And mono vs. stereo, that’s a whole ‘nother story!


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