The Paul McCartney Project

"Ram" sessions (CBS Studios, New York City)

Oct 12 to Nov 20, 1970 • For Paul & Linda McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Ram Official album.
Timeline More from year 1970
Studio:
CBS Studios, New York City

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After a few days of audition to hire a drummer and a guitarist, the recording of the “Ram” album – and the related single “Another Day” – started in CBS Studios on October 12, 1970.

In the studio were Paul & Linda McCartney (and their kids on some days), drummer Denny Seiwell, guitarist David Spinozza (replaced on October 22 by Hugh McCracken), engineer Tim Geelan and assistant assistant Ted Brosnan. Tim Geelan remembers the mood of those sessions:

Paul was a great producer: thorough, businesslike and loose at the same time. They were very comfortable sessions that followed a pattern. We’d start working at nine or 10 in the morning. Paul would show Denny Seiwell, the drummer [who would later become an original member of Wings], and David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken, the guitar players who split the date, the song we’d be tracking that day. After rehearsing for several hours, we’d cut a version of the tune and then have a lunch break. After lunch, we’d listen to what we had and then record another couple of takes if it was necessary.

We had a 3M MM-1000 16-track recorder and a homemade console at CBS. Studio B was a big room, about 40 or 50 feet long and 50 feet wide with a 40-foot-high ceiling. We didn’t worry about bleeding at all. The setup was real tight and everyone had headsets. Paul was absolutely the best. I was impressed with his musicianship and command of the studio.

Tim Geelan, from MixOnline, August 1, 2004
From Twitter – Paul recording ‘Ram’ at Columbia Studios, New York, 1970 #ThrowbackThursday #TBT

Last updated on June 10, 2020

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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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