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Too Many People - 1993 Digital Remaster
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3 Legs - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Ram On - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Dear Boy - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Smile Away - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Heart of the Country - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Monkberry Moon Delight - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Eat at Home - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Long Haired Lady - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Ram On (Reprise) - 1993 Digital Remaster
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The Back Seat of My Car - 1993 Digital Remaster
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:15

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07.23.10
What could Paul do but become more lightweight and capricious and, yes, pretentious?
Label: Hear Music / Concord

The case against Paul & Linda McCartney's Ram (the couple's lone album made together under their names) is formidable indeed. Robert Christgau's Village Voice review of the 1972 album is a vicious body blow: "The songs are so lightweight they float away even as Paulie layers them down with caprices. If you're going to be eccentric, for goodness sake don't be pretentious about it." Over at Rolling Stone, Jon Landau aimed far below the belt:… read more »

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have to admit it, even though i'm not the greatest beatles fan, this album really hits me,... and i'd rather listen to it than any sgt pepper at the moment. Give it time !! apparently silly at the very first listen it will grow on you in a rather infectious way

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Scrapbook of Sonic Delights

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When this LP came out in '71, Macca was considered The Disappointing One of the split Fabs. George had given us the sumptuous All Things Must Pass, John had delivered Instant Karma and Lennon/Plastic Ono Band's pared down genius, Ringo had delighted with It Don't Come Easy. McCartney on the other hand had offered his first fairly scrappy solo LP of home demos and novelties (excepting Maybe I'm Amazed and Every Night), the admittedly lovely Another Day single, and then released Ram, a scrapbook montage of Macca-Pop, but not an Eleanor Rigby or Penny Lane anywhere. But as years passed, Ram was finally seen as the classic it always was. Too Many People and Back Seat of My Car (a UK flop single!) are just glorious examples of McCartney song-and-studio craft. And what at first listen sounds throwaway, with time one realises the brilliance of this man. Even the title song thrills with its melodic whimsy and clever studio touches. Think White Album with all-Macca tracks, that's Ram. Not bad.

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After the breakup, Beatles fans expected major statements from the three chief songwriters in the Fab Four. John and George fulfilled those expectations — Lennon with his lacerating, confessional John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Harrison with his triple-LP All Things Must Pass — but Paul McCartney certainly didn’t, turning toward the modest charms of McCartney, and then crediting his wife Linda as a full-fledged collaborator on its 1971 follow-up, Ram. 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. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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