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RAM (Deluxe Book Edition) [Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD]

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
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It is the eternal question for an artist of Paul McCartney’s stature: what next? What next when you have… well, that list of achievements, with even the long-touted standards album now ticked off with last year’s ‘Kisses On The Bottom’, hardly needs re-iterating. On one level, you might reasonably think that in terms of awards, honours, sales figures, shows and ... Read more in Amazon's Paul McCartney Store

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B007L96VG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Too Many People
2. 3 Legs
3. Ram On
4. Dear Boy
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Disc: 2
1. Another Day [previously released as a single]
2. Oh Woman, Oh Why [B - side of Another Day single]
3. Little Woman Love[B - side of Mary Had a Little Lamb single]
4. A Love For You [previously unreleased mix]
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Disc: 3
1. Too Many People
2. 3 Legs
3. Ram On
4. Dear Boy
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Disc: 4
1. Too Many People [from Thrillington Remastered 1977 instrumental interpretation of RAM]
2. Legs [from Thrillington Remastered 1977 instrumental interpretation of RAM]
3. Ram On [from Thrillington Remastered 1977 instrumental interpretation of RAM]
4. Dear Boy [from Thrillington Remastered 1977 instrumental interpretation of RAM]
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Disc: 5
1. Ramming [DVD: 15 minute documentary piece about the album]
2. 3 Legs [DVD: promo video]
3. Heart of the Country [DVD: promo video]
4. Hey Diddle [DVD: Paul & Linda performing the track in Scotland not used before in its entirety]
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Note: CD + 1DVD package all housed in a beautiful, numbered fabric wrapped box

Product Description

This deluxe edition [4 CD / 1 DVD] contains the following:
- Remastered Album
- Bonus Audio CD
- Remastered Mono Album on CD
- Thrillington CD
- Bonus Film DVD
- 112-Page Side Bound Book
- 5 8 x10 photos in vintage-style photographic wallet
- 8 full size facsimilies of Paul s original handwritten lyric sheets
- Mini photographic book of outtakes from the original album cover photo shoot
- RAM Photo Flip Book
- Free Download Card
All housed in a beautiful, numbered fabric wrapped box. This item is a MUST for all McCartney Collectors.


Following the successful recent reissues of McCartney, McCartney II, and this year s Grammy winner for Best Historical Album Band on the Run, RAM is the latest addition to the Paul McCartney Archive Collection and the most anticipated, and ambitious, yet! Available in a variety of different configurations, McCartney has personally overseen every aspect of this project, and the results are spectacular.

RAM, originally released in 1971, is the only album to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney and has gone down in music history as one of the most revered in McCartney s catalog.

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143 of 156 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effortless genius from the true pop master June 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a real hard album for me to even write about. But I got my hands on a remastered copy this week... and... BAM. There it was again: those melodies... those creeping, effortlessly-written, sensual melodies, jamming every song until they are overflowing with sound... I mean, does it really get any better with Paul?

A quick glance of the reviews here makes me sick. "Not as good as John's 'Imagine'.." "they spent too much time on the farm"... "too whimsical"... bah! What a legacy he had to uphold! And even from supposed Professional Beatleologists! But here he does it with grace and style and a fantastic sense of what needs to go on in a perfect pop song. Truly, there aren't any better pop songs on one single Beatle-related album than "Ram".

The influence of this record is still being felt. You could uphold the entire post-90's indie-pop scene (from Elephant 6 and their cadre all the way up to the new crop of SubPop poppy singers a la Fruit Bats and Long Winters) and trace it to "Ram". That a whole new, younger generation of fans has discovered the fountain of melody within pleases the heck out of me.

"Long Haired Lady", "Back Seat of My Car", and "Uncle Albert" are pure Paul pop masterpieces each. The hidden ditties, "Ram On", "Smile Away", "Eat At Home", are all essential in the context of the whole thing. "Dear Boy" and "Heart of the Country" are so fantastic in their simplicity and confidence you could almost see him writing them in literally minutes. The whole thing is just excellent... tasty pop good-naturedness that it's almost unbelievable that he would put that photo on the back cover. He didn't need to. This album alone would have provoked a good enough response from John so as to make any photo irrelevant.
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars party with Paul October 31, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Released in May of 1971, this is Paul McCartney's second 'solo' LP, preceding his formation of the band 'Wings' for the 'Wild Life' album. It's a one-hundred percent improvement on his mediocre self-titled 'debut' album. Although 'Ram' did yield a number one hit for McCartney, the lush 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey', that song is far from the best song in the 'Ram' collection. That simple fact is instructive about the high quality of the album, which is solid from start to finish. And while wife Linda receives co-billing with McCartney on the album cover and in the song credits, and despite some endearing background vocals from her, Linda's contributions are surely overstated here, most likely as another swipe at Paul's ex-collaborator John Lennon.

'Ram' is, if nothing else, a fun collection of witty pop and rock songs. It most likely was intended as nothing more than that. While its style would certainly encourage John to continue ravaging Paul's productions for their pop sensibilities and 'meaninglessness' relative to his own crusades for peace and justice in the world, Paul's work probably produced a lot more peace and joy than John ever Imagined (pun intended). The songs on 'Ram' are not simply bouncy dance music, but bouyant numbers that bring pleasant and comforting images to heart and mind. Songs such as '3 Legs', 'Smile Away', 'Monkberry Moon Delight' and 'Eat At Home' are just a joy to experience, while the lighter fare, such as 'Heart of the Country', 'Long Haired Lady', and 'The Back Seat of My Car' are poignant and touching. There is an incredible mix of sounds, an aural cornucopia, on the production that keeps the listener attentive and interested.
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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Critically underrated album deserves 2nd look November 21, 1998
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've always liked this album. I bought it in 1971 when it came out and thought that it was a sophisticated well written album with a few clunkers. Time hasn't changed that assessment. Yes, there is whimsy and, yes, there is garbage but, all in all, it sounds terrific. The songs appear to be about nothing but....take a second look at some of the pointed lyrics written about his former band mates.

THE REMASTER (2012): Ram comes in three different versions--1) a single disc edition with the album remastered by the Abbey Road team that worked on The Beatles, John Lennon remasters. 2) A two disc remaster with the single "Another Day"/"Oh Woman Oh Why" as well as b-sides, outtakes that were recorded around the same time 3) A deluxe set with the original stereo album remastered, the second disc, a third disc with the mono album and a DVD (that runs under a half hour) on the making of the album.

Which version you pick will depend, of course, on affordability, how much of a fan you are and how essential you consider this album to be. The sound on the remaster is pretty darn good--it has a bit more midrange, better detail and there's no noise reduction on the release.

McCartney also makes observations about politics, goes on a little road trip with sex and romance. He also examines the serenity of down home living. Is it a deep album? No, but that wasn't its intention. Here is a bit of trivia for those interested. "Ram on" appears to be a throwaway title when, in fact, it refers to the pseudonym Paul used during the Beatles' early days--Paul Ramon. So, the song is a very personal fragment written about his salvation--Linda. It is every bit as infectious as "Oh Yoko" and any of John's other love songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah!
Excellent new re-release of a great McCartney album. Really glad and cool to have this record.
Published 1 hour ago by E. Cordova
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this
Great early Paul McCartney
Published 3 days ago by greg grant
5.0 out of 5 stars If not a classic, a really fun album
This has been one of my favorite albums since it came out when I was in the tenth grade. McCartney is the sound track of multiple generations and this work, coming soon after the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Chris Kaufman
5.0 out of 5 stars get it
well its sir paul what can one say its great works by a great beatle. so good to sit back on a lazy sunday and pop in a few of these cd's and give them a listen or just turn on... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Vincent J. Sandagata
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
There are some great songs on this 2 disc set but some are just a little too wierd but that is Paul McCartney throughout his career from 1963 til now but that's to be expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Stepkovitch
2.0 out of 5 stars damaged CD
This is a two CD set, the second CD was damaged. It only had eight of the 12 songs on it and it appears to be a pirated CD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic CD
Again this was a hard to find CD of a classic album with a song that I thought was made by the Beatles. Its a good CD from Paul McCartney.
Published 2 months ago by vamp1
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I'm most pleased with the Hi-Res downloads available when purchasing this package. Yes, it's not hard to like Sir Paul. I grew up with The Beatles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dan Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Admiral Halsey Returns
I have had my vinyl copy of this album since the mid seventies, a time at which Paul was copping flack for everything including the audacity to keep breathing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alexander van Ommeren
5.0 out of 5 stars Onwe of my favorites of his solo career!
RAM is such a good set of music, I can listen to it repeatedly and never get tired of it. Yey for Paul & Linda!
Published 3 months ago by Desire Colio
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Yes, very excited, glad we get both the mono mix and Thrillington. And the DVD looks very nice too.
Mar 20, 2012 by AbbeyRoadCrosser |  See all 152 posts
Over $113 For 5 Discs??? That's Nearly $21 Each For 41 Year Old Music!?
I think the price will go down as we get nearer to the release date. Both McCartney and McCartney II did that. If I was on the fence, I would just pre-order it now and utilize the pre-order price guarantee. You can always pull out before it's released if it doesn't go low enough for your liking.
Apr 1, 2012 by Michael Drumm |  See all 70 posts
Hey Diddle :(
The fiddle overdubs were done after RAM, no earlier than 1974 Nashville. I'm assuming (hoping...) that a later version will be released on another set.

In fact, Paul re-did his vocals over the years for his unreleased songs (the Cold Cuts material), as well as beefing up the arrangements. If... Read More
May 14, 2012 by A. P. Filosa |  See all 2 posts
Extra tracks on Itunes!
Those are included with the deluxe edition too. They are part of the download card.
May 22, 2012 by Rand (Stonehenge) Stoner |  See all 3 posts
Ram Deluxe Edition Download Card
Yeah, the songs aren't structured differently, they don't sound like different takes. They just have a different feel to them with the background vocals and instruments more up front. It's kinda hard to explain the difference (as you can tell by my less than explanatory post above) but you just... Read More
May 6, 2012 by Rand (Stonehenge) Stoner |  See all 36 posts
The Mono Vinyl Lp Could have been included In This High priced Box Set Be the first to reply
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