TVD Celebrates the
Paul McCartney Archive Collection: RAM (Mono)

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 remastered 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 with the only LP credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, 1971’s RAM—the Mono Mix. 

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.

• One disc vinyl edition remastered at Abbey Road Studios
• Limited Edition Numbered

Remastered Mono Mix:
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

Enter to win RAM in glorious mono 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, 12/21.

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  • xtianDC

    I find Ram to be a totally inspirational album, because its the sound of a living legend following his muse to wherever it leads him, regardless of commercial or popular acclaim. It’s a highpoint, in a career filled with them.

  • bonoedgey

    I don’t actually own RAM on vinyl. I do appreciate that Mono recordings are how albums like this and beatles albums are meant to be listened (in many peoples’ views)  I can’t agree anymore more.. just the warmth of vinyl is great. Love paul and this is a very great time piece… would love to have it in my library

  • 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…

  • JohnNoyd

    As a geeky teenager Smile Away was my mantra and RAM was a dream for those of us who loved the cryptic message side tot eh Beatles plus it had great songs! Take that Billy Budapest!

  • JohnNoyd

    As a geeky teenager Smile Away was my mantra and RAM was a dream for those of us who loved the cryptic message side tot eh Beatles plus it had great songs! Take that Billy Budapest!

  • Justin B

    If anyone reading this has a “well-worn LP” and could “use a remastered upgrade,” please sell me your original. The mono promo-only copies of Ram are virtually impossible to find and any serious McCartney fan would do just about anything to get their hands on one.

  • JRKane

    Would adore to have a rare mono version of this album as it is an album which has brought me MUCH inspiration over the last ten years, and to hear it in a fresh light would be truly magnificent. It truly is McCartney at his solo best.

  • bonoedgey

    Mono gets a bad rep these days with all the fancy trimmings available… I would very  much love to have this one to my collection.. Its some very sweet music and I have a sweet turntable that would love to spin it 😉

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