The Paul McCartney Project

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

March-April, 1971 • For Paul & Linda McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Ram Official album.
Timeline More from year 1971
Studio:
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

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From Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, by Howard Sounes:

Paul and Linda flew to Los Angeles to complete Ram. Despite the good work done in New York, Paul had become bogged down in indecision, unable to select between the 20 or so songs he had recorded. To try and help his brother-in-law finish the record, John Eastman introduced Paul to the fashionable producer Jim Guercio, a fellow Eastman & Eastman client who’d won a Grammy for his work with Blood, Sweat and Tears. Guercio was so keen to produce Paul that he cancelled his honeymoon to help out with Ram, laying down a new track, ‘Dear Boy’, and working to make a final selection from the songs Paul already had in the bag. It was clear McCartney felt under pressure to do better than his début album, partly in answer to Lennon’s criticism of McCartney as Engelbert Humperdinck music. Yet the pressure had a paralysing effect on the star. Instead of finishing Ram in LA, Paul kept fiddling with it, block-booking a Hollywood studio and insisting Guercio was there every day from 10:00 a.m. so they could record, though Paul rarely showed up before mid-afternoon. Then he’d smoke a joint and jam. Guercio tried to assert some discipline, but could not guide or control his star: ‘Paul is not an artist you can direct or collaborate with. You kind of have [to] support his ideas.’ As weeks passed, and the album was no nearer completion, Guercio gave Paul a suggested track listing and told him the engineers could do what was necessary. He had to go. ‘I think he took offence. I said, “No, no, this isn’t personal, Paul, you don’t need me. I can’t come in here every day. We’ve got to finish … I have other obligations … I gave up my damn honeymoon here!’

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Last updated on May 30, 2020

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4.

3 Legs

Written by Paul McCartney

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7.

Smile Away

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8.

Ram On

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Ram On (Reprise)

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13.

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14.

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15.

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16.

On A Fishing Boat

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17.

Paul Rambling In Scottish Accent

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18.

Please Don't Bring My Banjo Back

Mar 03, 1971Mixing "Brung To Ewe By" radio jingles


19.

Ram Ram

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20.

Ram Ram...Boogie

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21.

Rama Rama...

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22.

Snatch Of 'Ram On'

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23.

Snatch Of 'Uncle Albert'

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24.

Very Short Clips Of Tracks

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25.

We've Got To Get This Album Together Man

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26.

What Is This, Paul: This Is Work Woman

Mar 03, 1971Mixing "Brung To Ewe By" radio jingles


27.

You Know What I Mean

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Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium is the ultimate look at the careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr beyond the Beatles. Every aspect of their professional careers as solo artists is explored, from recording sessions, record releases and tours, to television, film and music videos, including everything in between. From their early film soundtrack work to the officially released retrospectives, all solo efforts by the four men are exhaustively examined. Not only are John, Paul, George and Ringo's official projects

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