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The finest wool
I am in heaven!
There should be RAM rolling papers…
It would make for some colorful packaging…
and it would make Tammy a lot easier to locate right now…
We probably won’t see him for a week.
Most flies they got 3 legs…
but mine got one
another day kats and kittens
(pack the cone…now hear this song of mine)
that was me on Friday
Tammy hasn’t got hers yet, Amazon hasn’t even mailed it yet funny you should say Kwai, i can’t put my finger on it, but in one of Linda’s books is a pic of Paul working on the artwork for Ram, and you can see a big phat joint sitting on the table, rolled in the lovliest pink rolly paper
in a pink paper???
that must have been the prototype RAM distress flare…
(we believe we can’t be wrong)
Kwai you crack me up….
Stephanie, didn’t we once have plans to visit the judge (who is a great guy) and listen to Ram?
Thank you for this. It’s exactly how I feel. My deluxe edition is supposed to arrive today. And I absolutely cannot wait.
By the way, 41 years ago, Rolling Stone completely savaged this album as “the nadir in the decomposition of rock and roll.” Today, I just checked the Rolling Stone Web site and its review awards Ram 4 and a half stars and says, “Ram sounds ahead of its time – how many indie rockers could pull off such a daffy masterpiece?”
All I have to say Rolling Stone is: It’s about f–king time.
+1 Louise maybe the power of brown tongue Lennonist Jann Wenner has diminished over at RS.
Rolling Stone has never been the voice of anything or anyone. It is one of the LEAST open minded publications in the US. Just sayin…
Back in the early 70′s the critics were very hard on the ex Beatles, sometimes deservidly so, other times they just dogged them. Both McCartney and Ram got dogged along with Wild Life (this one maybe deserved it, my opinion) and also Red Rose Speedway .
Sometime in NYC and Mind Games got savaged also. NYC was not one of John’s best.
Also Living in the Material World, Dark Horse ( deserved it) and Extra Texture ( the mistake was releasing it in the first place )
Ringo made out ok.
Now everything is touchless. Maybe some stuff was ahead of it’s time and some stuff just aged well.
I even remember John’s stuff on Double Fantasy being slammed which was nuts , but that all changed on Dec. 8, 1980.
Louise … isn’t it amazing how the review of an LP, cd etc. changes in time? I recall the trashing that RAM received. I thought it was great from ‘day one’. It was Paul being Paul … with a variety of writing styles and melody.
I also recall ‘Double Fantasy’ receiving lukewarm reviews until that fatal moment on the 8th of December and suddenly the tables were turned and the reviews were glowing.
Thank goodness the reviewers finally caught on to the artistry of both releases.
RAM ON …..
Mine is supposed to arrive today, too!! Hurry Mr. Postman!
I’ve ordered today
I got tired of waiting for mail order and not knowing if it would get damaged in the mail. My local Best Buy always stocks this sort of thing on the day of release. All I have to do is wait for opening time which is fine by me. I miss going to record stores on the day of release!
I never understood the thrashing RAM took either. It was very Paul just very homegrown and not overblown. Dear Boy for instance is up there with his very best. I bet Brian Wilson wept again when he heard that one. Ram On is absolute heaven and so damn simple. Back Seat of my Car, Uncle Albert I mean, COME ON!
I firmly believe the theory that everyone wanted him to fail. Perhaps they felt he might go running back to John, George and Ringo with his tail between his legs begging forgiveness.
The only criticism you can level at the man around this period is that he didn’t spend as much time on lyrics but even that is a weak argument. His lyrics reflected his life at a time when he very much a “let’s get back to the basics and decompress a bit” kinda guy.
Long live RAM and bring on Red Rose Speedway!
who’s that coming round…that corner
who’s that coming round that bend?
(okay, play it again)
My attention was elsewhere back in the day, so it’s all new to me, basically. I was startled how many of the songs are about John Lennon. Also, it’s an amazing earworm factory. I think “daffy masterpiece” is a pretty apt description.
YAY!!! Can’t wait for that deluxe edition to arrive!
My box set arrived!! And it’s a thing of beauty. It’s really, really well designed. The lyrics sheets are so “authentic,” it looks like Paul mailed you his personal copies, complete with coffee stains. The book accompanying the set is filled with interesting commentary and great pictures (including some new to me). There’s this random little book of sheep photos which is both completely pointless and yet so funny to include. It’s random like Ram and somehow fits.
And the music? Sigh. The remastered album sounds fabulous. So clear. Somehow the guitar work on Long Haired Lady just stands out so much more — it’s so crisp. I’m no audiophile but the music just sounds really sharp.
My only complaints — besides the price, which should have been about $15 lower — is that he skimped on the DVD. Not much video content. And I would have liked a few more demos on Disc 2. But for a devoted fan of this album, this box set is just superb.
I am praying to the Gods that my box set arrives today!!!!
It has arrived and It is nothing less than AWESOME! Love it!
I own every prior incarnation of this album…
None of them sound as crisp as this one.
I am trying to decide if there was some actual remixing happening here…
otherwise, I think he remastered the multitrack tape…
It’s here! Excellent presentation. Haven’t listened to the CDs yet. Everything in the box looks fab.
This is my 3rd box set and if this continues the next one will be 6″ thick.
It is jam packed with goodies. Love it!
I need to make a shelf for the rest of Paul’s box sets. Lol
Downloading the 24bit 96Hz High Resolution right now. So much care was put into this set. Just love it! RAM ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do I not know basic counting. This is the 4th box set, no? Lol. Anyway, they all look good on the shelf. Can’t wait until I have every single one he’s made up there. (I need a second job).
Does anyone know if the rumors about the next remaster will be Venus and Mars are founded in any sort of truth?
The rumor is that the next reissues (in December) will be not just Venus and Mars but also Wings Over America and Wings at the Speed of Sound — all three at once.
FYI, Pitchfork (one of the most influential music sites these days) today reviewed Ram and gave it a 9.2 (out of 10) and a “best new reissue” tag. It’s absolutely thrilling as a Ram fan to see critics FINALLY acknowledged how great this record is.
@Louise: yes, I thought the Pitchfork review in particular was excellent. Really great to see the album garnering such long-overdue respect. People can listen to it now without any post-Beatles break-up prejudice and just enjoy the music for what it is.
BTW, does anyone know if Amazon accepts UK orders anymore? Last time I checked, the US fans are getting the deluxe edition for about £30 less.
I’d like the deluxe edition but refuse to pay through the nose just because I live in the UK!
It’s a gift from heaven if you are a RAM Fan!
KUDO’S to Jayson Greene (Pitchfork) for his wonderful, ‘spot on’ review of ‘RAM’. Paul & Linda’s plunge into domesticity and their love for one another, family & farm life is clearly evident and we are getting a private glimpse into life with the McCartney’s. It is a breath of fresh air as was their life in the country.
Unbeknownst to the ‘RAM’ listeners of 1971, we were hearing what would become the Indie rock of the future. Once again, Paul had laid the path that others would follow and try to emulate.
One of the reasons that I fell in love with it many yeas ago was because it was so different. Suffice it to say, the addition of Linda’s vocal made it so, perhaps edgier, a bit less polished and so much fun to listen to. No matter how many times I listen to it, I always seem to find or hear something that I hadn’t before. Perhaps that is the true genius of Paul McCartney!
I love Linda’s vocals. Period.
has anyone tried using the hi-def redeem code from the box set for the downloads? his website keeps rejecting my number and it pisses me off! I paid the high price for the box–which is beautiful–but cannot get the audio downloads!
The deeeluxe set is so authentically lovely and personal in the magical way that only Paulie has. So much so that I swear I can smell the weed, the coffee and tea — and perhaps even the sheep’s wool. Always loved Ram and sensed that it was Paul blowing off all the grimy resentment accumulated over the years, making some very joyously wacky yet sensitive music in the process. Dear Boy? Absolutely classic and makes my heart ache decades later. I even enjoy (most of) Linda’s contributions this time around, voice wise, while knowing that she was there by his side, giving something there are no words for.
Love all the comments here, so nice to celebrate with people who get it. Ram on…
Too many people
using time machines…
don’t let ‘em tell you
what you want to read…
It’s true…the Beatles are proof that time does not exist…
If you aren’t too busy, already…
venture back into your mind and into your calender and read a couple of “current” articles about the “new” album by Paul and Linda McCartney. It’s titled RAM. One article is from Circus magazine Aug. 1971 (streetdate June 71). The other is from Hit Parader Nov. 71 (streetdate Sept. 71).
These mags are rare. so…
don’t take your lucky break
and break it into…
Now, what can be linked for you?
(you broke it in two):
There are still some shots missing from the deluxe RAM book that are in the orginal RAM songbooks(both US & Europe version).
Thank you Nick…
I hope a few people check out those articles I uploaded.
I’m pretty sure they have pics that won’t be in the book.
I appreciated the info. So I still need the songbooks…
This economy has my collecting in dormant mode.
I’ve been listening to my Mono version for the past two days….love it!
Could someone post again the CIRCUS and HIT PARADER mags from 1971? Thanks a lot
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