Paul and Linda McCartney's Legendary Album RAM Set for Deluxe Reissue
UK Release: 21st May 2012 - US Release: 22nd May 2012
Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 album will be released across
a variety of formats with new and exclusive content including a
beautifully packaged Deluxe Edition Box Set - the ultimate collectable
"Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long
time ago, when the world was different. This is an album that is part
of my history - it goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was
formed. It's an album called RAM. It reminds me of my hippie days and
the free attitude with which was created. I hope you're going to like
it, because I do!" Paul McCartney, 2012
Following the successful recent reissues of
McCartney, McCartney II, and this year's Grammy winner for Best
Historical Album Band on the Run, RAM is the latest album from Paul's
iconic back catalogue to get the deluxe Paul McCartney Archive
Collection treatment. As with the previous releases in the series,
Paul has personally overseen every aspect of the project and the
result is spectacular. In keeping with the reissue campaign to date,
the Deluxe Edition Box Set is the ultimate collectable for any fan of
this album. Its stunningly presented 112-page book, photo prints,
handwritten lyrics and notes, four CDs and a bonus film DVD, tells the
full story of a classic album that has gone down in music history as
one of the most revered in McCartney's catalogue.
RAM, originally released in May of 1971, is the only album to
be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney and was Paul's second
post-Beatles LP. It was overshadowed at the time by the drama of the
dissolution of The Beatles, as played out in the world's media. The
album topped the charts hitting #1 in the UK and #2 in the US. While
RAM polarized critics upon its release, music fans and critics alike
since have overwhelmingly embraced it, with Rolling Stone, for
example, revising their original review up to 4 stars. Recently RAM
has enjoyed even further re-appraisal and acknowledgement including a
number of tribute albums.
RAM was written by Paul and Linda, mostly at their Scottish
farm on the Mull of Kintyre. In the autumn of 1970 they flew to New
York to start the recording process. Without a band in place they
auditioned and drafted musicians, who included future Wings drummer
Denny Seiwell and guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken.
The band completed the album in early 1971 along with
non-album tracks 'Another Day' and 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' which were
released together as Paul's first post-Beatles single ahead of the
release of RAM and became a Top 5 global hit. The multi-disc editions
of the RAM reissue include both songs as bonus tracks. The album also
gave Paul his first solo US number 1 single with 'Uncle Albert/Admiral
Halsey' and a Grammy win for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.
RAM was also issued in mono with alternate mixes, which were
only made available to radio stations at the time. This version has
gone on to become one of the most sought after McCartney collectables.
It will now be commercially available for the first time ever on CD as
part of the Deluxe Edition as well as a limited run on vinyl.
1977 saw the release of Thrillington, an instrumental
interpretation of RAM, which was originally recorded in 1971 at
London's Abbey Road Studios and was arranged by Richard Hewson. It was
released under the pseudonym Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington, an unknown
eccentric socialite who often cropped up in mysterious newspaper
classifieds. In reality Percy was a character devised by Paul and
Linda. The idea behind it was simply to have some fun and the concept
of doing a full orchestral album was an ambition long held by Paul.
The additional film content features previously unreleased and
exclusive content including the brand-new documentary, "Ramming'
narrated by Paul, as well as the original music videos for 'Heart Of
The Country' and '3 Legs'.
The remastering work was done at Abbey Road using the same
team who recently remastered the complete Beatles' catalogue.
RAM will be available across a variety of different formats:
Standard Edition: 1 CD digipak Single disc, digitally
remastered 12- track standard edition
Special Edition: 2 CD digipak Remastered album and
8-track bonus audio CD including rarities, b-sides and the hit single,
Deluxe Edition Box Set: 4 CD/1 DVD box set &
download Remastered album, bonus audio CD, remastered Mono album,
Thrillington CD, bonus film DVD, 112 page book, 5 prints in vintage
style photographic wallet, 8 full size facsimiles of Paul's original
handwritten lyric sheets and mini photographic book of outtakes from
the original album cover photo shoot.
Hi-Res: 24bit 96kHz files of the remastered and bonus
audio CD, accessed via a download code inserted on a card within the
deluxe edition package
Vinyl: 2LP 180gm, gatefold vinyl with download
Remastered album, bonus audio disc plus digital download of all 20 tracks
Limited Edition Mono Vinyl: 1LP, Remastered mono album
Digital: RAM will be available for download across a
variation of digital configurations including Mastered for iTunes and