Paul & Linda McCartney – Ram

ARTIST: Paul and Linda McCartney       RamMcCartneyalbumcover

TITLE: Ram

YEAR RELEASED: 1971

CHART ACTION: #2 US, #1 UK

SINGLES: Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey (#1 US), The Back Seat of My Car (#39 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Really, nothing else shows up on the radio radar.

LINEUP: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, David Spinozza, Hugh McCracken, Denny Seiwell.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Lennon vs. McCartney feud goes musical, at least on some tracks. Otherwise, it’s a Paul McCartney album that’s charming and annoying at times.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The album starts with an off-kilter guitar, and a broadside at John and Yoko called “Too Many People”. At first he denied it was an attack on John, then kind of admitted it, and then basically almost fully said it was. He was being coy.

At least three tracks on the first side are veiled attacks at his former partner, and John thought more of them were. Those songs were kind of petty, though there’s some really good work on “Too Many People” by guitarist Hugh McCracken. The rest of the album is your basic Paul McCartney album platter. Annoying pop songs, rock-and-roller to prove he’s still got it, a song sounding like it could have been recorded in the 20’s, love songs to Linda, weirdness, and a reprise.

At times I’ve liked this album a lot. At times I wanted to throw it out of the window. That’s McCartney for you.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: At these sessions, held in New York over six weeks in 1970 and six weeks in early 1971, came this album, a single, three B-sides, and tracks from the next Wings albums. Not a bad output

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, the “Another Day” (#5 US, #2 UK) single and B-side, other B-sides and a lot of unreleased stuff polished up and remixed.

GRADE: B-:  It’s inconsistent, for sure. Some critics are in love with it. As I said, sometimes I see why, and other times I agree with Christgau and other contemporary haters.

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