The album initially received a mixed critical reception – reviews in Rolling Stone and Playboy were particularly hostile. It was also given lukewarm appraisals by Paul McCartney’s fellow former Beatles.
It was, however, a commercial success, and topped the charts in the UK. Ram peaked at number two in the US, held off by Carole King’s Tapestry, although it spent five months in the top 10 and was certified platinum.
In the UK the song ‘The Back Seat Of My Car’ was released as a single in August 1971, but only reached number 39 in the charts. The US single ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ proved more successful, becoming McCartney’s first post-Beatles number one single.
Also on this day...
- 2022: Paul McCartney live: Truist Field, Winston Salem, North Carolina
- 2015: Paul McCartney working on High In The Clouds animation and soundtrack
- 1964: US single release: Sie Liebt Dich
- 1963: Radio: Saturday Club, Steppin’ Out
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Northern Meeting Ballroom, Inverness, Scotland
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