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Technically, it was Paul and Linda McCartney, since this album was very much a collaboration between them. Some of the material was of the standard we expected ("Monkberry Moon Delight," "The Backseat of My Car," "Uncle Albert/AdmiralHalsey"), but somehow it all seemed entirely too whimsical, as if they'd spent a bit too long isolated on the farm. It was the expectations that were the problem, of course. Paul was simply making a lighthearted album, and we wanted earth-shaking pronouncements. Take Ram on its own terms (i.e., fun), and it's throughly enjoyable. --Chris Nickson
Reissue of the 1971 album. Paul McCartney's 2nd solo album, which was credited as a collaboration with his wife, Linda, is a more substantial and produced effort, yet it has much of the same homemade charm as its predecessor. Divided between simple pop/rockers and cleverly constructed mini-suites like 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey' and 'Back Seat of My Car', Ram doesn't gel into any major statement, but it has many pleasurable detours. McCartney layers the ramshackle rhythm tracks with odd sound effects and off-kilter arrangements. While the production might not always work, it does make for pleasant ear candy, not only on lovely songs like 'Heart of the Country' but also on throwaway numbers like the hard-rocking 'Smile Away' and 'Monkberry Moon Delight'. Packaged in a paper sleeve. EMI. 2005.
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- I like Linda
I was six in 1971 when I inherited this record from my college-bound brother and it's still one of my very favorites. This is the second copy of the CD I've bought since CD technology was unveiled. This one for a good friend.
I know some people can't stand Linda McCartney's voice, but for me it gives Paul's post-Beatles music a unique sound. I love it.
Sitting in the Backseat of my car is a moving song. Heart of the Country is a song that I put on my kids' "rock for kids" CD mix.
- Paul's best solo album
Without a doubt, this is the most comprehensive and enjoyable album that Paul McCartney ever made on his own. Linda adds some nice background vocals without being overbearing, and Paul is his usual witty self while also throwing in some slow and reflective tunes (Heart of the Country, one of my favorites). There are a lot of songs that remind me of the stuff he did on the White Album, so I think thats about all I need to say. Its great. If you like the Beatles (which of course you do), this album will not dissapoint....more info
- Bought the original in '71
I remember the original from my senior year in high school in '71-'72. The songs brought back a flood of memories. McCartney just gets better with age. "Memory Almost Full" is great....more info
- paul is the walrus
if you ever wondered what the beatles would have sounded like if they hadnt broken up listen to mccartney and ram and add claus voorman and instant karma with the drummer from yes.paul is 90 per cent of the beatles at the ends and john if he was in the mood could put the listener in heaven but he was tired of the beatles.paul is as good as john but got treated as the black sheep.paul is the silent true partner of john and the workahaulic he never forgot the fans and we never will forget him .this album is a great musical piece featuring studio musicians from new york .i would have loved to be a fly on the wall when this was made.i remember where i was when this was made.it was a good period.paul is a posative person.i model myself after him.when i look for musical direction.paul is the walrus....more info
- Ram Paul McCartney
the CD was in perfect condition and the purchase met my expectations; I was especially pleased to be able to purchase this CD as I had a hard time finding it elsewhere - thank you!...more info
- Still Enjoyable
This album was very popular among the crowd I hung out with when it was released in 1972 ad it is still enjoyable 32 years later. Anyone expecting heavy commentary on the state of the world should direct their attention to Lennon's solo stuff and come to McCartney for light-hearted rock and roll....more info
- Ram On
Time doesn't mar true quality. With music this is particularly true, and looking at Paul (and Linda) McCartney's 1971 record Ram the adage is only reinforced. Big time. Party to a veritable firestorm of wholly unwarranted critical abuse that dubbed it everything from lightweight to banal to "the pinnacle of deterioration of 60s songwriting thus far" or some such rubbish (I paraphrase), Ram has weathered the test of time admirably.
This record is a great many things. Quirky, eclectic, imaginative, original, unusual - all terms that could be used to describe this off-the-wall album. There's precious little here that suffers itself to be cleanly and easily categorized. 3 Legs is a surrealistic blues and Smile Away is freewheeling rock & roll, but that's about it. The rest are fusions of two or more of the following: rock, pop, blues, jazz, doo-wop, scat, folk, symphonic, prog-rock, and choral. Paul shows off his untouchable skills as an arranger and melodicist, crafting soaring harmonies worthy of the Beach Boys and sophisticated, layered tunes that surprise you at every turn and stay in your head for hours. Musically most of the stuff here can stand alongside the Beatles' very best.
Even in the lyrical category, usually vaunted as Paul's weak point, Ram excels for the most part. Tracks like 3 Legs and Smile Away aren't exactly sterling, but they do their job. His whimsical, imagistic poetry performs in full force and on the really good songs such as the rocking Too Many People, the harmony-laden Dear Boy, and the grandiose Back Seat of My Car (one of his all-time greatest compositions) Macca shows a penchant for snappy wordplay and double meanings usually associated with former partner John. This whole album isn't thematically united as Abbey Road or Band on the Run, but the reprisal of the "title" track Ram On and the sequencing, alternating between grandiose mini-suites and simple, light-hearted (not to be confused with lightweight) pop songs give it a sort of whimsical cohesiveness.
Ram spawned a #1 single in North America - the complex, multi-part character sketch Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - and for that at least it secured itself a place in the annals of pop music. But there's much more to it than that. These songs are the oddball, eccentric work of a true genius and this record has survived the years to reveal itself as the masterpiece it always was.
- Excellent Cd
Paul McCartney produced an excellent cd here.Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey is a fantastic recording and at the time i believe he was still experimenting.Some of the songs have Linda in the background.
This is quite a good album and i think is his best solo.He did produce alot of other good albums though.
The lyrics are interesting, and the music is uniformly terrific. And though the production may not be up to George Martin standards, that being said, I think it's one of the album's charms that it sounds homemade at times....more info
- 29 years of age and going strong...
(the second post-Beatles Release, age 29)
(originaly released May 1971)
(43 minutes and 10 seconds of loving goodness)
Now if you ask me, and plenty of folk interested in domesticated livestock and modern pop music do now and again, Ram could have easily been called "Ewe" and it would have been just as good. This one came out in 1971 and was just as much a Linda album as it was a Paul album.
A lot of folks have been critical of the late Linda Eastman McCartney because of her obvious lack of musical skills. I believed for many years that the keys on here keyboard had been color coded so when she performed with Wings she could just use her index fingers to push the appropriate color-coded keys in time with the music. Red, blue, red, red, blue, yellow, green, red, etc.Turns out that might have been true at the start, but Paul got a considerable amount of inspiration from his musically challanged spouse and I reckon his overabundance of talent made up for any deficit she might have brought to the equation.
I recall a bunch of the same folks who were all enthralled with the "Paul is Dead" urban legend during the Beatles era shifting their fascination to the open feud betwixt Paul and John in their solo work. The "Too Many People" was the first shot across the bow from HMS McCartney and prompted John to come out with his oh-so bitter anti-Paul rant "How Do You Sleep?" on the album Imagine.
Unlike his first solo effort, this one had a bunch of singles taken from it. The first was "Too Many People", followed by "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey". On the right shore of the Atlantic they had "Heart Of The Country" and "The Back Seat Of My Car" thrown at them as singles. I reckon all four tunes are pretty good and that accounts for part of the reason why this here album was on the charts for 37 weeks and managed to stay at the #2 spot for two weeks.
This one is Mama's favorite vacuume up the den album. She puts it on full blast and commences to vaccume our orange and pink shag carpet while she wiggles and jiggles in time to the music. I reckon it's a pretty good album too. ...more info
- Ram (1971)
What happened to this guy?
A few years ago, I wrote a review for McCartney's ''Back To The Egg'', saying it was the one album I truly would not give away of his. The first side alone of that album is something I would recommend to anyone, especially the ones surprised I would recommend a McCartney album to anyone! The sound quality of ''Back To The Egg'' (which was engineered by Phil McDonald - Harrison's engineer for 12 years) beats everything he released between 1970 and 1978, and after. Except for 1986's Hugh Padgham produced/engineered 'Press To Play', and this album, 1971's RAM. And the thing I've noticed about these 3 albums, is that McCartney stops trying to be ''McCartney'', and he actually starts writing songs that interest him first, and not the general public. By all accounts 'Back To The Egg' and 'Press To Play' are NOT the McCartney fan's favourite albums. But to me, a non-McCartney fan for all the stuff he does that pleases them, finds absolute pleasure in the albums he does which tells them all there's nothing here to interest you if you liked 'Yesterday' and 'Hey Jude'. Funny that.
When I say GOOD sounding albums, I mean GOOD. I listen primarily to the vinyl versions of these albums to hear whats really going on in them that CD's can't capture. And no matter what you think of Harrison's EXTRA TEXTURE, DARK HORSE or LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD, EMI put out very inferior CD versions of these albums to the public. On vinyl these albums are gorgeously recorded, and put many a Lennon and McCartney solo album to shame, particularly BAND ON THE RUN/VENUS & MARS/LONDON TOWN/RED ROSE SPEEDWAY/TUG OF WAR and MIND GAMES/IMAGINE/WALLS AND BRIDGES. The people that McCartney & Lennon chose to work with were either not allowed to do what they were good at, OR just were nowhere as good as Phil McDonald and his working relationship with Harrison. Alan Parsons worked with McCartney, but he also worked on Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' and his own Alan Parsons Project. And with a really good set of headphones, and a decent turntable, you'd wonder if Alan Parsons had a twin brother or doppelganger that worked for McCartney, because his work on his own and Pink Floyd outshines his work with Paul. I've never thought much of Geoff Emerick, even on albums not done with McCartney. I've heard other albums he's engineered, and even with the Wall of Sound by Phil Spector, Phil McDonald still recorded ALL THINGS MUST PASS to a standard that is barely matched on a McCartney or Lennon album. Even RINGO had good engineers working with him, particularly Bill Schnee.
So why review RAM?
Because it is one of McCartney's best sounding albums. I do not own the CD, I own the original vinyl version. And after listening to his other albums, and then giving RAM a spin, I was shocked to hear such a well recorded and bright piece of work coming from McCartney, where the songs are consistent in their volume and relation to eachother track to track. Everything is clear and can be heard, and nothing drowns out anything else. It made me wonder what happened to him after he released this album.
The other thing about RAM is what I've said before. McCartney isn't trying to be ''McCartney'' here. He's actually writing songs to please himself, and not catering to public consumption or with the worry that if he goes 'too far out there' he'll never write another ''Hey Jude''. This album is almost that never to be album entitled ''Paul McCartney Goes Too Far''. It's not that I'm saying I love every song on this album. There's one grievous wasted opportunity on this album that I still have problems with. But what I found on this album was McCartney being incredibly creative, and actually showing how much he can truly do when he stops trying to please everyone. The vocals on 'Dear Boy' are ones I never expected to hear on a McCartney album with his ''This'll do mentality'', they actually sound intricate and worthy of his admiration for Brian Wilson. Because THAT guy arranged harmonies like no other. 'Dear Boy' made me wonder where this McCartney went to. Maybe it was Lennon's attack on him (which to me seemed a bit overdone and based on the smallest evidence imaginable) that stopped McCartney pleasing himself, and back to the grind of producing hits again. I wish he had kept going the route of RAM. I might have more albums by him.
The wasted opportunity here is 'Monkberry Moon Delight'. It is by far, the catchiest song on this set barring 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey', but he chose to produce a nonsensical lyric and a truly 'love it or hate it vocal'. This song had so much potential going for it, I just kind of cry when it comes on, knowing it'll never be what it could be.
The albums full of great songs, and it's not that I'm looking for great lyrical depth in McCartney on this album. I'm just enjoying what he comes up with when he isn't trying to please 10 million consumers. Songs like 'Eat At Home' are so ''quaint'' they border on 'corny', if not jumping that fence entirely, but the song is so 'stay in your head' it's too good to really quibble about why it needed to be a song. 'Back Seat of My Car' is brilliant, as is 'Long Haired Lady'. 'Too Many People' has long been my favourite from this album.
And for those who read my 'Back To The Egg' review stating I no longer owned this album, just for information, I bought it on vinyl soon after. Even though I am not a McCartney fan, I still like to know what I'm talking about, and that requires actually getting what you say you don't want! So RAM is in my house, and I like it. It's not 'War & Peace', but it ain't 'Yesterday' either, and that does me just fine. Though I'm not a great fan of the Extra Tracks provided on the CD to actually buy the CD version, I would recommend RAM to someone unfamiliar with McCartney, or familiar enough to wonder if there's more to him than 'Ebony & Ivory', 'Girlfriend', 'The Girl Is Mine', 'Honey Pie', 'All Together Now', 'Silly Love Songs', 'Wonderful Christmas Time', 'Mary Had A Little Lamb', 'Another Day'....... The list goes on really, but what I'm saying is, there IS more to him, but it's so rare that he actually chooses to listen to that side of him.But when he does, I usually love the album to pieces.
I bought this for my friend. When It arrived he was estatic! Made me play the whole thing as he sat and sang it.Brought back a lot of memories. Over all a very good piece of work by Sir Paul....more info
- H-E-L-L-O....this is the GOLD CD!
It is so unfortunate that all the reviews that pop up in the first few of reviews are just cut-n-paste reviews mentioning NOTHING in regards to the unique quality of this particular product other than the artist and title. Being the "GOLD DISC", it begs a review on its own merit - it's a GOLD DISC for cryin' out loud! Now, for those who care, the people listed on the disc took valuable time, effort and talent to re-work this, remastered, as it is, and pressed it in Japan on a gold format. It just glistens when you listen to it on a quality system.
The sonically superior and smooth low end is one of the first things I noticed. But then I heard how much more space the mids are given, openning up an aural area that is usually (especially in today's peak limiting of music) buried in layers of instruments and vocals. This is wonderfully treated in this gold disc.
If this recording holds any place in your "favorites-but-wish-it-sounded-better" file, consider this hefty price tag as being well worth it under those conditions....more info
- Give Credit Where Credit Is Due
Recently a Beatle fan friend of mine asked if I had any solo McCartney. I immediately brought in 'RAM' for him to feast on. I don't know what the product description people at Amazon were smoking when they wrote their write-up but they just don't get it. This is one of my all time favorite McCartney albums. How can they claim that 'Smile Away' is a throwaway tune? This along with the other cuts on the album are wonderful. I can't believe it's been 36 years since I first heard it and it's still music to MY ears!...more info
- Summer on the McCartney Sheep Farm (Lookin' for a Ride on a Lullaby)
I'm always amazed when people say that McCartney's albums are whimsical and meaningless. His albums may fail to connect at times, but McCartney always has specific themes in mind.
Throughout his tenure with the Beatles, McCartney had a reputation as a womanizer, a reputation that he most likely relished. Suddenly, in 1969, he finds himself not only married, but the overnight father of a six year old girl, and with a baby girl due in five months. And it's no coincidence that Linda was pregnant with a third daughter during the recording of Ram. So Ram is an album which explores the ethics of womanizing ("We believe we can't be wrong"),deals with the guilt of immoral actions, and actually ties that in with his own personal relationships. Side one of the album (tracks 1-6) actually adresses his relationships with his friends (3 Legs = John, George, & Ringo) with more than a little vindictiveness hidden behind a wall of humorous metaphors. Side two (tracks 7-12) contrasts those transient relationships with permanent familial relationships (Linda and his daughters) with thoroughly good-humored dirty jokes.
Ram also seems to be the second installment of a "four seasons" theme with the McCartney album representing a winter by the family hearth, Ram a summer of family fun, Wild Life a rustic autumn, and Red Rose Speedway a reborn spring.
Ram is funny, insightful, musically fresh and melodic, and has some of the most beautiful harmony vocals this planet has ever known....more info
- brilliant, eccentric, charming, extremely melodic, silly, experimental and one of my favourite McCartney albums.
brilliant, eccentric, charming, extremely melodic, silly, experimental and one of my favourite McCartney albums.
1. Too Many People - Killer opener. It rocks and I love the frantic guitar that closes out the song. It sounds a bit like a Plastic Ono Band send up both lyrically - controversial in those days - and vocally alot like something John would have done. The thing that sets the song apart from that band the superior melody work, unmistakingly McCartney.
2. 3 Legs - Macca being isolated at the farm for too long. A rather silly story song about a dog having 3 legs. Fantastic acoustic guitar and backing instrumentation though.
3. Ram On - A charming interlude with Paul crooning accompanied by a lovely ukelele and some thundering percussion coming in later.
4. Dear Boy - Beautifully rich harmony singing from Paul, amongst his best ever and a strong melody which veils some very ambigious lyrics, almost a mumble. Linda sounds good here too.
5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - Paul's first #1 US Single as a solo artist is one of his best creations in the studio. Macca is up to all of his tricks here, complete with his wacky vocal impersonations and some nice sound effects. Great changes in tempo, a worthy #1 single.
6. Smile Away - A charming rocker, still a great song. Hilarious lyrics and background harmonies that add to the songs novelty appeal.
7. Heart Of The Country - One of the best acoustic ditties Macca came up with, extremely melodic and very autobiographical of his at the time recent change in lifestyle.
8. Monkberry Moon Delight - So bizzare and off the wall it's scary. Sounds like he is gargling mouthwash. Some tripped out lyrics, Paul having alot of fun. Linda's vocal work is a little irritating but it fit the intent of the song, so it seemed.
9. Eat At Home - Has a Buddy Holly feel to it, but with Macca's pop polish and fantastic song construction. Some of the best drumming on a Macca solo song, it really is a great effort on the drums. Husband and wife on harmony vocals turn in a winning effort.
10. Long Haired Lady - Long experimental. Interesting song and great melody. Linda's vocals, you don't wan't to crucify her but thats what she did on this song with a whining vocal but ended up harmonising nicely with Paul on the 'love is long part'.
11. Ram On - A reprise
12. The Back Seat Of My Car - An epic power ballad which will have the hair on your neck standing up at its pulsating and dramatic climax.
- An all-time favorite
This has always been one of my all-time favorite albums. It was so great to buy it on CD after not hearing it for almost 30 years. It still sounds great. Paul McCartney is at the top of his game. Like all Paul (or Beatles) albums, it's got such incredible diversity and depth. Great stuff!...more info
- Brilliant ablum
Okay, it's not an ablum but it's still brilliant.
This is McCartney at his most ambitious and most melodic, IMO. It is my favourite McCartney album. He covers a diverse range of material and it all works. The use of string arrangements on some tracks really enhances the music. This album is basically a bunch of mini-suite's, fusing various passages of music together. The main styles presented here are rock, folk, 50's pop and some of his own magic. ...more info
- (3.5 stars) Ram on!
A very diverse album, and a very fun one on top of that. It's also a real grower. Sure, it's just about impossible to take this one seriously, but the melodic quotient is pretty high - even weak songs such as "Dear Boy", with complexly overlaid but slightly annoying harmonies - are so endearing they're at least tolerable for a while. And some of this is Paul at the prime of his creativity - I like how "Three Legs" moves from bouncy music hall to blues-rock shuffle, and the infamous single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" is a complicated suite - almost Paul's "Strawberry Fields Forever", though it takes itself about as seriously as "Yellow Submarine". Okay, I'll say without question that "Strawberry Fields" is the better song of the two. Still, I love that "Hands... across the water, water, hands... across the sky" part. Makes my day. Too bad he didn't keep that guitar riff he had going near the end going - then again, following it up is the crashing boogie-doo-wap-rocker "Smile Away", so I can't complain too much. See what I mean? Diversity! Paul's a creative guy! Okay, so I will say that sometimes the album does get way too ambitious - my favorite (or rather, least favorite) example is "Long Haired Lady", an attempt to mix rock, psychedelia, opera, and folk that is crushed under its own weight. Me, I like "Uncle Albert" more. And I know Paul was always a Beach Boys fan, and if you like them you'll probably have a field day, because this borrows heavily from them. I have never been a fan of that group, so I don't like it much. There are some other lightweight songs, like the folk song "Heart of the Country" and the clunky rocker "Moonberry Monk Delight", and there was no real reason to reprise the title track, even though it's another very good song (especially the ending, where it really starts rocking), but hey, I'm okay with this one. Here's the best part: the reggae-folk bonus cut "Another Day", a hit single, is better than any of the original material (yes, even "Uncle Albert"! And the impressive folk-rocker "Too Many People", which I forgot to mention even though it's a favorite!). Why wasn't it released on the original material? It's one of those songs that boosts the rating all by itself! Oh well......more info
- Effortless genius from the true pop master
This is a real hard album for me to even write about. But I got my hands on a remastered copy this week... and... BAM. There it was again: those melodies... those creeping, effortlessly-written, sensual melodies, jamming every song until they are overflowing with sound... I mean, does it really get any better with Paul?
A quick glance of the reviews here makes me sick. "Not as good as John's 'Imagine'.." "they spent too much time on the farm"... "too whimsical"... bah! What a legacy he had to uphold! And even from supposed Professional Beatleologists! But here he does it with grace and style and a fantastic sense of what needs to go on in a perfect pop song. Truly, there aren't any better pop songs on one single Beatle-related album than "Ram".
The influence of this record is still being felt. You could uphold the entire post-90's indie-pop scene (from Elephant 6 and their cadre all the way up to the new crop of SubPop poppy singers a la Fruit Bats and Long Winters) and trace it to "Ram". That a whole new, younger generation of fans has discovered the fountain of melody within pleases the heck out of me.
"Long Haired Lady", "Back Seat of My Car", and "Uncle Albert" are pure Paul pop masterpieces each. The hidden ditties, "Ram On", "Smile Away", "Eat At Home", are all essential in the context of the whole thing. "Dear Boy" and "Heart of the Country" are so fantastic in their simplicity and confidence you could almost see him writing them in literally minutes. The whole thing is just excellent... tasty pop good-naturedness that it's almost unbelievable that he would put that photo on the back cover. He didn't need to. This album alone would have provoked a good enough response from John so as to make any photo irrelevant. (And for the record, I find "Imagine" to be a pretty decent album, but not a melodic one at that, sort of disturbing and hard to follow, and highly impersonal at that.)
This is definitely the best Sunday Morning album ever recorded and one of my top 5 Beatles-related records of all time. It never loses its sweetness. Highly recommended. ...more info
- One of the best of Paul's solo work
This cd shows you what Paul McCartney could do when he was trying to impress John Lennnon with his solo work. The recording quality is simple and lean, but very pure, with some good guitar work from outside help. The bass was a little low in the mix compared to today's recordings and the vocals are prominent and drenched in reverb, the mode of the day. He even has Linda singing harmony and she did a good job for being drafted into the studio and no prior experience. It is better than alot of the current records, which are compressed to the max, and filled with overkill. This was a very happy time for Paul, when he'd finally found his "wings" after the Beatles. The song Too Many People was thought to be a critique of John Lennon, (you took your lucky break and broke it in two) and John fired back with the acerbic, How Do You Sleep? on his Imagine album, where George played a wicked slide guitar. It is a piece of Beatles history that started on this early post-Beatles album....more info
- Missing songs
Very upset that
Another Day & Oh Woman, Oh Why
are not on the CD....
- Maybe Paul's Best Album, Ever
This joyful album has it all. Admiral Halsey is almost like a children tune, Long Haired Lady is pure romance and Ram On is Paul in an acoustic setting produced yet like he's in outer space. It is worthwhile listening to the opener, Too Many People, and study the "FCK the Beatles" picture on the sleeve. Paul was not only having fun but was also being extremely funny.
Unlike some of his other material, this album has aged remarkably well and sounds today fresh as ever. Recorded at his farm in Scotland, one can sense the organic nature of it. He went on making some really good music (also some really bad one too) but he never came close to captivating the originality, which is special since its structure is mostly simple, of what he did on Ram.
This is definitely among his best work, if not his best album ever.
- A classic
Yes, this album is a classic, maybe the best pure "McCartney" album. It is filled with melodicism, great arrangements, hooks galore and, with no apologies, great nonsense lyrics. The Beatles had lost their sense of fun; to Paul's credit, he knew it, tried to restore it, realized it couldn't be done with the Beatles anymore, and set out to achieve it on his own (with his wife Linda).
He does achieve it, in spades. Evidently, that's not what critics were looking for in the summer of '71, and they all took their best shots at the album. Too bad, because it was their loss. The LP was full of extremely inventive fun, and that was what I needed in the summer of '71, and still need today. If you are new to Paul McCartney, this is the best place to start, and if you are an old fan, do yourself a favor and put this on again. I love albums where I can simultaneously reminisce and appreciate the present moment, because the music is so good.
Taken on its own terms, there is not a bad song, because every moment on the album is full of Paul's whimsy. I'll take Paul's whimsy any day before George's self-concious spirituality or John's self-concious indignation. Frankly, this makes me feel better, and that's what music is supposed to do, when all is said and done. That's what makes Ringo such a good album; nobody mistook that album for the next big artistic statement, and it holds up nearly as well as Ram. In the end, though, it's McCartney's overall musicianship, songwriting, playing and production that makes Ram not only autobiographical (this is Paul, fully revealed, at that point in his life), but also a musical masterpiece. Make no mistake, it is no less than that....more info
- Rammin' On From the Heart Of McCartney Country
While the songwriting is a step up from Paul's first solo album, Ram still features the previous disc's barebones, homegrown production style. Paul also enlists the aid of a few sidemen to round out his own playing. Of course, Linda is also there with her very recognizable backing vocals.
The lyrics, though, are quite weak, sounding at times as if Paul might have been making them up as he went along. And there is a certain laziness in his vocal approach ("Monkberry Moon Delight", "Back Seat Of My Car"), as if he didn't want to bother with doing more than a take or two. But because the melodies are so strong -- something Macca has such a gift for! -- the careless vocals can be forgiven.
Strong tracks include "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", "Too Many People", "Heart Of the Country" (which reminds me of White Album era McCartney tunes), and "Eat At Home". Some of the tracks are just not interesting, and some are just weird -- "Monkberry Moon Delight", despite being the goofiest thing Paul ever laid down on record, still works on a crazy sort of Bizarro World level.
I dig this album - it shows Paul coming to terms with the demise of the Beatles and moving on (or is that "ramming on"?) with more light-hearted fare than on MCCARTNEY. The whimsy that is RAM draws me in, but also keeps me from committing to anything more than a four-star rating. But still worth owning for all the good tunes mentioned. Ram on, Paul!...more info
- Good McCartney Release
This album is a good Paul solo work, with a lot of contribution from Linda. The opening cut, "Too Many People" was written as an acerbic poke at John and Yoko. John answered back on the "Imagine" release, "How Do You Sleep", where he taunts Paul and Linda, and even posed holding a pig by the ears as another shot at Paul holding the ram by the horns on the cover of this release. There is some bare bones work like the cute rocker "Smile Away", with Paul and Linda background vocals as well. There was the single "Admiral Halsey" with its layered production and dissimilar song parts patched together. "Ram On" is a melodic tune that is an almost incomplete melody that appears in two different parts of the release. "Three Legs" is a strange song that sounds like it could use some additional work. "Heart Of the Country" is a nice tune with a catchy chorus and some interesting guitar work between Paul and Hugh McCraken, especially on the middle break. "Monkberry Moon Delight" has some powerful vocals by Paul, who shows a rawer side. "Long Haired Lady" is another strange love song to Linda, with many mood changes. "Back Seat of My Car" is lovely melody that suffers from too many theme changes and some over production. In all, this is a good disk, but not the best of the Paul solo/Wings releases....more info
- I'm mature for my age group; I'm really in the wrong cohort.
Ram is good but not good, its sounds peaceful but not peaceful.
I like it i don't like. Monkberry moon delightful, mmm. I don't like that song though. I have the will to judge all men.
It's a hearty constitution that keeps me out of bed at night and without colds for hours, or even years!
you could take me for a walk
you know, sir, how I enjoy the outside.
But that's enough is the time for today. I've spent far too long,
I could have bought gas, driven to florida, in florida the music is simple
none of that paul mccartney-experiementastion, as i like to call it up on the phone, similar florida is to "goood day sunshine" nothing scare/stupid/philanderthropic like "Why don't we do it in the road" oh. No you see, I like to hum my music, and if I'm in what i call the right room, perhaps with an echo, than, the roomy sings back to my lungs. With quick repitistion.
It's a beating that inland, like newfaoundland, travels red and heart-lichen. It invades quebec, then it gets a divorce, or at least separates, that is what good music does. I hum it hums back, my memorandom is explicit with its spontaneous selections of what recall wants replay'd. Perhaps if you are single we could eat icecream cones when it gets to hot for comfort, or take off our skin and dance around in our bones, if we can't get any. I love you....more info
- Perhaps his best solo work
Uncle Albert sounds great!! Paul had it all going on back on this 1971 release. His vocals are varied and smooth. There is no pappish sentimentality on Ram. It actually sounds better now than it did then. How is that possible? Must be the sign of a true classic. ...more info