1 May 2011
It was announced a few days ago that Ram is to be released in the US on May 22nd and everywhere else May 21st.
There will be the standard cd, a special edition 2cd set, a deluxe 4cd + book + dvd edition, Mono Vinyl 1 Lp, and Stereo Vinyl 2 Lp, and some are already listed on Amazon. As with the earlier remasters in the series the downloads will be available in hi-resolution audio (limited and unlimited). Plus if its the same as it was with McCartney II you'll be able to download all the music at Paul McCartney's official online store without having to buy the all in music, dvd and book package and spend a fortune.
The tracklisting and further information (as taken from Wogblog)
Ram Deluxe details
RAM Deluxe 4CD/DVDCD1: Ram (remastered)1. Too Many People 2. 3 Legs 3. Ram On 4. Dear Boy 5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 6. Smile Away 7. Heart of the Country 8. Monkberry Moon Delight 9. Eat at Home 10. Long Haired Lady
11. Ram On 12. The Back Seat of My Car.CD2: Bonus tracks (remastered)1. Another Day 2. Oh Woman, Oh Why 3. Little Woman Love 4. A Love For You (Jon Kelly remix) 5. Hey Diddle (Dixon Van Winkle mix) 6. Great Cock And Seagull Race (Dixon Van Winkle mix) 7. Rode All Night 8. Sunshine Sometime (earliest mix)CD3: Ram Mono (remastered)1. Too Many People 2. 3 Legs 3. Ram On 4. Dear Boy 5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 6. Smile Away 7. Heart of the Country 8. Monkberry Moon Delight 9. Eat at Home 10. Long Haired Lady. 11. Ram On 12. The Back Seat of My Car.As a promotional strategy when the album was new, McCartney decided to make separate mono mixes of each track on the album, designed specifically for AM radio airplay and send out a promotional album in very limited quantities to radio stations that were not broadcasting in stereo. As with some earlier Beatles mono albums, these were not simple fold downs of the stereo tracks but actually were unique mixes that in some cases differed considerably from their stereo commercially released counterparts.CD4: Thrillington (remastered)1. Too Many People 2. 3 Legs 3. Ram On 4. Dear Boy 5. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 6. Smile Away 7. Heart Of The Country 8. Monkberry Moon Delight 9. Eat At Home 10. Long Haired Lady 11. Back Seat Of My Car.This CD is an instrumental cover version of Paul and Linda McCartney's album, Ram. Arranger Richard Hewson was asked to arrange the orchestration before Ram had yet been released and it was recorded in June 1971—with McCartney as producer—and with an intended release shortly thereafter. When it finally saw release in 1977, McCartney invented the fictitious socialite Percy Thrillington, and even took out ads in various UK music papers announcing Thrillington's so-called comings and goings to generate curiosity and interest. The album was released under the pseudonym of Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, and sold very little, making it an instant rarity. "Thrillington" was issued on CD in 1995 and 2004.DVDRamming (documentary of album); Heart Of The Country; 3 Legs; Hey Diddle; Eat At Home; On Tour; + a selection of "Now Hear This" jingles.
Looks like the deluxe one is the one worth getting. If it's anything like the other deluxe reissues, though, it'll be hugely expensive. Shame that's the only way to get Thrillington and the mono mixes (apart from dodgy sites, of course).
I'll probably get the special edition, as I did with the others in the McCartney Archive Collection.
1 May 2011
I got all the music for McCartney II (all 3 cds worth) from Pauls site without having to buy the book and dvd, cost something like £20 (still a bit more than i would like to pay but far better value than paying £80 or whatever it is for a glamourous book and a dvd i'll rarely watch (and if i do have any desire to see any part of it it will be on youtube)).
I would imagine Ram will be the same.
23 January 2011
Unbearably excited! Unlike you curmudgeons (said with all thepossible, of course), I'll be shelling out the money for the Grand Superior Deluxe Edition. I can't help it…I'm such a sucker when it comes to Paul!
12 April 2012
1 May 2011
The isolated tracks of Monkberry Moon Delight (consisting of 1. Drums, bass. 2. Piano. 3 Guitar. 4 Vocals) have been added to Paul's Rude Studio where you can make your own mixes.
Thay are subsequently doing the rounds outside of Paul's Rude studios.
1 May 2011
Monkberry Moon Delight in Rude Studios. Hopefully it displays better for you than it does for me.
1 May 2011
- Too Many People (2012 Remaster) – 3 Legs (2012 Remaster) – Ram On (2012 Remaster) – Dear Boy (2012 Remaster) – Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (2012 Remaster) – Smile Away (2012 Remaster) – Heart of the Country (2012 Remaster) – Monkberry Moon Delight (2012 Remaster) – Eat At Home (2012 Remaster) – Long Haired Lady (2012 Remaster) – Ram On (2012 Remaster) – The Back Seat of My Car (2012 Remaster) – Another Day (2012 Remaster) – Oh Woman, Oh Why (2012 Remaster) – Little Woman Love (2012 Remaster) – A Love For You (Jon Kelly Mix) (2012 Remaster) – Hey Diddle (Dixon Van Winkle Mix) (2012 Remaster) – Great Cock and Seagull Race (Dixon Van Winkle Mix) (2012 Remaster) – Rode All Night (2012 Remaster) – Sunshine Sometimes (Earliest Mix) (2012 Remaster) – Eat At Home / Smile Away (Live in Groningen 1972) (2012 Remaster) – Uncle Albert Jam (2012 Remaster)
- 3 Legs: Video – Eat at Home (On Tour): Video – Heart of the Country: Video
- Hey Diddle: Video
That's right – if you look at the track listing on http://store.paulmccartney.com…..am/gbp.php it says the mono and Thrillington are physical release only.
1 May 2011
4 December 2010
1 May 2011
So you can only get Ram Mono and Thrillington if you pay £65.49 at Pauls site or go elsewhere, break the law, and get it for free. Yet the music companies complain about piracy and illegal downloading and how its ruining the business. Whats forcing fans to go there is stupid expensive prices.
Why cant you download these all the tracks for say £22, which was an option for McCartney 2, and be happy. Not everyone can afford to pay £2600 for all Pauls Remasters if this is the way forward and folk would be happy to do without all the extra bits and pieces if they could just get the music.
And this is not just a moan here, have also emailed TopspinMedia about this.
4 September 2010
1 May 2011
Topspins email reply consisted of "Thanks for the email and we appreciate your feedback. I am sorry the two albums are not offered as digital downloads, we are unable to provide any additional content or information at this point. If we come across any information, I will let you know as soon as possible."
Might well have written
Recently been listening to Ram again, what with all the re-hype (pitchfork gave it a generous 9.2 rating; the album cover is plastered up all over my city). I really can't get over how good it is; like all the Beatles albums I could listen to it again and again and never get tired. The instrumentation, harmonies, wacky lyrics… it's just marvellous.
12 March 2010
Today FINALLY my Deluxe Edition of "Ram" arrived!
I have to say that the book is really nice with all these awesome pictures, and I love the whole package with the little treats (a little book of sheep!).
Listened to the original album for the first time in full, and I'm really impressed and have to ask myself why it took me so long to do so.
Looking forward to the mono version and Thrillington.
I think I'll treat myself with the Venus and Mars Deluxe edition as well…
1 May 2011
Gave up on this. Sorry but if Paul expects me to pay a fortune for 2 albums (i dont care for the filler however nice it is) then he's wrong (you can get the regular cd and bonus disc for less than a tenner). Yes its been over a month and im still annoyed by it.
1 December 2009
Right you are. This release sounds intriguing indeed – those bonus tracks! – but as usual I'm irritated by the fact that (a) the record didn't need a re-(re-re?)master in the first place (my 2003 edition sounds just fine thanks), (b) the bonus tracks could've easily been appended to the regular album, rather than necessitating the need for a "special" 2-disc version, and (c) I'm gonna hate the packaging (those cheap useless EMI cardboard sleeves where you gotta slide out the discs and hope you don't scratch them, grr!).
Sorry Paul – I'd really like to hear those previously unreleased bonus tracks but I'm not gonna buy this redundancy unless I can find it used or on sale for like under $10 (or if my perfectly playable 2003 edition gets broken or stolen.) Until then I'll just find the bonus tracks online somewhere.
12 March 2010
McCartney's work in the Beatles was always schizoid. On the one hand there were the rockers: "She's A Woman," "I'm Down," "If You Won't See Me," "Get Back," and "Lady Madonna"; on the other, the ballads and the schmaltz, including (in descending order), "Hey Jude," "She's Leaving Home," "Yesterday," "And I Love Her," "Taste of Honey" and "Till There Was You." Ram fulfills all the promise of "Till There Was You" and loses touch with the entire remainder of McCartney's own past. And it is so lacking in the taste that was one of the hallmarks of the Beatles that it strongly suggests Paul is not happy in his role as a solo artist, no matter how much he protests to the contrary.
The odd thing about it is that within the context of the Beatles, Paul's talents were beyond question. He was perhaps the most influential white bass player of the late Sixties, the only one of the Beatles with a keenly developed personal instrumental style. He was also the group's best melodist, and he surely had the best voice.
But, if it was Paul who used to polish up Lennon's bluntness and forced him to adapt a little style, it is by now apparent that Lennon held the reins in on McCartney's cutsie-pie, florid attempts at pure rock muzak. He was there to keep McCartney from going off the deep end that leads to an album as emotionally vacuous as Ram. Now left to their own devices, each has done what always came most naturally. Lennon has created a music of almost monomaniacal intensity and blunt style, while McCartney creates music with a fully developed veneer, little intensity, and no energy.
Thus the dissolution of the Beatles reveals that their compromises had always been psychological first, and musical second, and that without each other they both drift naturally to their own emotional-musical extreme. Lennon has the better of it for the moment, but he may falter yet: "Power to the People" was as awful in its own way as anything on Ram, and only a fool would write off a man of McCartney's past accomplishments on the basis of two albums (I'm not much of a fan of the last one either).
All of which makes it no less easy to deal with this very bad album from this very talented artist. For myself, I hear two good things on this record: "Eat At Home," a pleasant, if minor, evocation of the music of Buddy Holly (with some very nice updating), and "Sitting in the Back Seat of My Car," the album's production number.
The album's genre music—blues and old rock—is unbearably inept. On "Three Legs" they do strange and pointless things to the sound of the voice to liven it up; it doesn't work. "Smile Away" is sung with that exaggerated voice he used for the rock & roll medley in Let It Be: it is unpleasant. The "When I'm Sixty-Four" school of light English baubles is represented by "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," a piece with so many changes it never seems to come down anywhere, and in the places that it does, sounds like the worst piece of light music Paul has ever done. And "Monkberry Moon Delight" is the bore to end all bores: Paul repeats a riff for five and a half minutes to no apparent purpose.
The lowest point on the album, and the one that most clearly indicates its failures, is "Heart of the Country." It is an evenly paced, finger-picking styled tune, with very light jazz overtones, obviously intended as Paul's idea of "mellow." Somehow, his lyrics about the joys of the country ring false. Rather than a sense of self-acceptance or pride, I get a feeling of self-pity and self-justification from this cut, feelings that are almost masked by music so competent, in fact routine, that it all seems to slip away. Compare it to an earlier piece of music somewhat in the same vein, "Blackbird." That song has all the charm and grace "Heart of the Country" tries for, but also the depth, purpose, and conviction, which are the missing ingredients from Ram as a whole.
These days groups are little more than collections of solo artists. The idea of a group as a unit with an identity of its own has become increasingly passe as groups become less and less stable: they seldom stay together long enough to achieve such an identity. But the Beatles were obviously a true group and history is now proving that it was greater than the sum of their parts. Collectively, the Beatles had a way of maximizing each of their individual strengths and minimizing each of their individual flaws. Individually, none of them can create on the same level, no matter how good some individual recordings may be.
For none of the Beatles is a truly self-sufficient artist and therefore none of them seems to function at his best as a soloist. In this light, Paul has simply proven to be the most vulnerable: the group hid most of his weaknesses longer and better than they did the others so that they were the most unexpected now that they have finally become visible. But now they have become visible and the results can scarcely be more satisfying to McCartney himself than they will be to the many people who will find this record wanting. McCartney and Ram both prove that Paul benefited immensely from collaboration and that he seems to be dying on the vine as a result of his own self-imposed musical isolation. What he finally decides to do about it is anybody's guess, but it is the only thing that makes Paul McCartney's musical future worth thinking about and hoping for.
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