The Paul McCartney Project

Timeline More from year 1971
UK release date:
May 17, 1971
US release date:
May 17, 1971

Related interviews


Paul McCartney about the making of Ram

Jun 07, 2012 • From Pitchfork



RAM, Wings, and Beyond: An Interview with Denny Seiwell

May 22, 2012 • From The Morton Report



The ex-Beatle tells his story

Apr 16, 1971 • From Life Magazine

About

From paulmccartney.com:

The only album credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, RAM reached Number 1 in the UK and stayed in the US Top 10 for five months. Recording after he’d left The Beatles and before the formation of Wings, Paul initially flew with Linda to New York to record the songs they’d written but arrived without a band. As Paul recalls, “We were thinking of forming a group at that time, Wings. We went to New York, found a really grotty little basement somewhere and auditioned a bunch of people. We got someone to throw a lot of drummers at us, out of which we picked Denny Seiwell who’s one of the best, and his personality fitted. Then we went in, worked with him, Hugh McCracken, Dave Spinozza, a couple of New York session men, and did RAM.” To avoid arousing too much interest, the auditions were held under the guise of a session for a commercial jingle. As well as Paul’s lead vocals there are harmonies from Linda. “I gave her a hard time, I must say, but we were pleased with the results. Elton John later said somewhere that he thought it was the best harmonies he’d heard in a long while. It was very much the two of us against the world at that point.” Despite an initially lukewarm Rolling Stone review, it was later hailed by them as one of his best solo albums. In 2012, RAM was reissued in remastered form with many extra elements, as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

The album


Ram

By Paul & Linda McCartney • Official album

Related bootlegs



The Alternate Ram

By Paul McCartney • Unofficial album

Related songs


3 Legs

Officially appears on Ram


Dear Boy

Officially appears on Ram


Eat at Home

Officially appears on Ram



Heart Of The Country

Officially appears on Ram


Long Haired Lady

Officially appears on Ram


Monkberry Moon Delight

Officially appears on Ram



Ram On

Officially appears on Ram


Ram On (Reprise)

Officially appears on Ram



Smile Away

Officially appears on Ram



The Back Seat Of My Car

Officially appears on Ram


Too Many People

Officially appears on Ram


Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

Officially appears on Ram

Related films


3 Legs

1971 • • Directed by Roy Benson


Heart of the Country

1971 • • Directed by Roy Benson

Related sessions


Recording "Dear Boy", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

Apr 07, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Dear Boy", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

Mar 09, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


"Ram" sessions (Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles)

March-April, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Dear Boy", "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

Mar 01, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Ram On"

Feb 22, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Overdubs for "Smile Away"

Jan 29, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


"Ram" sessions (A&R Studios, New York City)

January-February, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Overdubs for "The Back Seat Of My Car", "Long Haired Lady"

Jan 11, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Overdubs for "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

Jan 03, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Smile Away", "Heart Of The Country"

Nov 16, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Too Many People"

Nov 10, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"

Nov 06, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Monkberry Moon Delight"

Nov 05, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "Long Haired Lady"

Oct 27, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "The Back Seat Of My Car", "Rode All Night"

Oct 22, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


Recording "3 Legs", "Eat At Home"

Oct 16, 1970 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


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