"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 LP.
Studio:
Sunset Sound Recorders Studio, Los Angeles, USA

Master release


Spread the love! If you like what you are seeing, share it on social networks and let others know about The Paul McCartney Project.

About

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!’


When we decided to do the new album, we wanted to make it fun, because it isn’t worth doing anything if you can’t have fun doing it… Ram is real sweaty rock’n’roll… It strikes me as being a hundred times better than the McCartney LP… The McCartney thing was a whole different trip that I needed to go through. This one, though, is really my music, this is really where I am.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

Ram is one of those albums that takes a bit of time to get used to. I can imagine the plight of a lonely little reviewer somewhere, sitting in an office, the heating has been turned off and he’s got this record, which he has got to say these wondrous things about. And he’s got to keep his reputation, so a whole load of things come into his mind when he puts it on and I think if it isn’t totally immediate, you do tend to get these not too hot reviews.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman
GettyImages_79661447

Last updated on March 11, 2022

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 12, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Ram


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

Mar 10, 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


Mixing "Brung To Ewe By" radio jingles

Mar 03, 1971 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Brung To Ewe By


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

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

Songs recorded




3.


4.

3 Legs

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


5.



7.

Smile Away

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


8.

Ram On

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording


9.

Ram On (Reprise)

Written by Paul McCartney

Recording





13.

'Ram On' And Sheap Noises

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


14.

'Ram' With Sounds Of Sheep

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


15.

Get It Together Man

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


16.

On A Fishing Boat

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


17.

Paul Rambling In Scottish Accent

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


18.

Please Don't Bring My Banjo Back

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


19.

Ram Ram

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


20.

Ram Ram...Boogie

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


21.

Rama Rama...

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


22.

Snatch Of 'Ram On'

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


23.

Snatch Of 'Uncle Albert'

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


24.

Very Short Clips Of Tracks

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


25.

We've Got To Get This Album Together Man

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


26.

What Is This, Paul: This Is Work Woman

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


27.

You Know What I Mean

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







Going further


Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

We owe a lot to Chip Madinger and Mark Easter for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details!

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.

As the paperback version is out of print, you can buy a PDF version on the authors' website

Shop on Amazon


Maccazine - Volume 40, Issue 3 - RAM Part 1 - Timeline

This very special RAM special is the first in a series. This is a Timeline for 1970 – 1971 when McCartney started writing and planning RAM in the summer of 1970 and ending with the release of the first Wings album WILD LIFE in December 1971. [...] One thing I noted when exploring the material inside the deluxe RAM remaster is that the book contains many mistakes. A couple of dates are completely inaccurate and the story is far from complete. For this reason, I started to compile a Timeline for the 1970/1971 period filling the gaps and correcting the mistakes. The result is this Maccazine special. As the Timeline was way too long for one special, we decided to do a double issue (issue 3, 2012 and issue 1, 2013).

Contribute!

Have you spotted an error on the page? Do you want to suggest new content? Or do you simply want to leave a comment ? Please use the form below!

Your comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.