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09 JUL 12 DAVID SHANNON
Paul McCartney's solo career spans far longer than his career with the boys from Liverpool, and his most recent recordings -- such as Run Devil Run, a collection of obscure and recognizable '50s-era cover tunes -- indicate that McCartney's rock 'n roll roots still run deep. Still, a look back at his second solo album Ram, from 1971 (re-released on Hear Music), a mere year after the breakup of the Beatles, reveals that the urge to collaborate had not faded.
Ram is the only solo McCartney album to feature his then-wife Linda McCartney, herself a natural artist whose photography capturing images of rock royalty such as Jimi Hendrix, the Who, and Janis Joplin made her an integral part of the music scene. The album also immediately precedes the formation of Wings, founded by the McCartneys (with Linda on backup vocals), drummer Denny Seiwell, and multi-instrumentalist Denny Laine, and featuring renowned guitarist Hugh McCracken.
Ram is a unique blend of McCartney's influences. Tunes like "Smile Away" recall rock progenitors such as Chuck Berry, while "Dear Boy" and "The Back Seat Of My Car" reflect McCartney's love of ballads. "Heart Of The Country" sounds like a Beatles tune circa The White Album.
This release is part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection and personally overseen by McCartney himself. Ram is also available as a Deluxe Edition Box Set, which contains a 112-page book, photo prints, handwritten lyrics and notes, four CDs, and a bonus film DVD.