Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram (1971) – Lp
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles. Linda Louise, Lady McCartney was an American musician, photographer, animal rights activist, entrepreneur and publisher who was married to Paul McCartney.
Artist: Paul & Linda McCartney
Label: Apple Records
Catalog# 5C 064-04810
Ram is a studio album by Paul and Linda McCartney, released in May 1971 on Apple Records. The album was recorded amid Paul McCartney’s legal action in Britain’s High Court to dissolve the Beatles‘ partnership, following their break-up the year before. This is the only album credited to the couple. He and Linda recorded it in New York with guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken, and future Wings drummer Denny Seiwell. Its release coincided with a period of bitter acrimony between McCartney and his former bandmate John Lennon, who perceived verbal slights in the lyrics to songs such as “Too Many People“.
Where McCartney was homemade, sounding deliberately ragged in parts, Ram had a fuller production yet retained that ramshackle feel, sounding as if it were recorded in a shack out back, not far from the farm where the cover photo of Paul holding the ram by the horns was taken. It’s filled with songs that feel tossed off, filled with songs that are cheerfully, incessantly melodic; it turns the monumental symphonic sweep of Abbey Road into a cheeky slice of whimsy on the two-part suite “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” All this made Ram an object of scorn and derision upon its release (and for years afterward, in fact), but in retrospect it looks like nothing so much as the first indie pop album, a record that celebrates small pleasures with big melodies, a record that’s guileless and unembarrassed to be cutesy. But McCartney never was quite the sap of his reputation, and even here, on possibly his most precious record, there’s some ripping rock & roll in the mock-apocalyptic goof “Monkberry Moon Delight,” the joyfully noisy “Smile Away,” where his feet can be smelled a mile away, and “Eat at Home,” a rollicking, winking sex song. All three of these are songs filled with good humor, and their foundation in old-time rock & roll makes it easy to overlook how inventive these productions are, but on the more obviously tuneful and gentle numbers — the ones that are more quintessentially McCartney-esque — it’s plain to see how imaginative and gorgeous the arrangements are, especially on the sad, soaring finale, “Back Seat of My Car,” but even on its humble opposite, the sweet “Heart of the Country.” These songs may not be self-styled major statements, but they are endearing and enduring, as is Ram itself, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year.
On release, the album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, although opinion has become more favourable in subsequent decades. A commercial success nonetheless, Ram topped the national albums charts in Britain, the Netherlands and Canada. Three singles were issued from Ram: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey“, which became McCartney’s first number 1 hit in America, “The Back Seat of My Car” and “Eat at Home“.
1. Too Many People (4:10)
2. 3 Leg s (2:44)
3. Ram On (2:26)
4. Dear Boy (2:12)
5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (4:49)
6. Smile Awa y (3:51)
1. Heart of the Country (2:21)
2. Monkberry Moon Delight (5:21)
3. Eat at Home (3:18)
4. Long Haired Lady (5:54)
5. Ram On (0:52)
6. The Back Seat of My Car (4:26)