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Paul & Linda McCartney Ram Numbered Limited Edition 4CD/DVD Deluxe Book Box Set

Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney

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Numbered, Limited Edition Deluxe 4CD/DVD Book Box Set! Includes Mono Versions, Thrillington & More!

Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 450/500!

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is an album from a long, long time ago, when the world was different. This is an album that is part of my history - it goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was formed. It's an album called RAM. It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which was created. I hope you're going to like it, because I do!" - Paul McCartney, 2012

Following the successful 2011 reissues of McCartney, McCartney II, and the Grammy winner for Best Historical Album Band on the Run, RAM is the latest album from Paul's iconic back catalogue to get the deluxe Paul McCartney Archive Collection treatment.

The 1971 album by Sir Paul & wife Linda, the only album credited to the pair, was released amidst the dissolution of The Beatles. Ram was the second of two albums Paul McCartney released between leaving the Beatles and forming the group Wings. Denny Seiwell, future Wings drummer, plays on Ram alongside McCartney and session musicians.

"1977 saw the release of Thrillington, an instrumental interpretation of RAM, which was originally recorded in 1971 at London's Abbey Road Studios and was arranged by Richard Hewson. It was released under the pseudonym Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington, an unknown eccentric socialite who often cropped up in mysterious newspaper classifieds. In reality Percy was a character devised by Paul and Linda. The idea behind it was simply to have some fun and the concept of doing a full orchestral album was an ambition long held by Paul... The additional film content features previously unreleased and exclusive content including the brand-new documentary, "Ramming' narrated by Paul, as well as the original music videos for 'Heart Of The Country' and '3 Legs'." - directcurrentmusic.com

Ram produced three singles including the U.S. #1 hit "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", the minor British hits "The Back Seat of My Car", and "Eat At Home", which was released only in Europe.

The album reached number 1 in Britain and number 2 in the US, where it spent over five months in the Top 10 and went platinum.

Upon initial release, Ram met with harsh criticism but, by after a period of several years had passed, critical opinions begun to change in the albums' favor.

"...in retrospect it looks like nothing so much as the first indie pop album, a record that celebrates small pleasures with big melodies, a record that's guileless and unembarrassed to be cutesy. But McCartney never was quite the sap of his reputation, and even here, on possibly his most precious record, there's some ripping rock & roll in the mock-apocalyptic goof "Monkberry Moon Delight," the joyfully noisy "Smile Away," where his feet can be smelled a mile away, and "Eat at Home," a rollicking, winking sex song. All three of these are songs filled with good humor, and their foundation in old-time rock & roll makes it easy to overlook how inventive these productions are, but on the more obviously tuneful and gentle numbers -- the ones that are more quintessentially McCartney-esque -- it's plain to see how imaginative and gorgeous the arrangements are, especially on the sad, soaring finale, "Back Seat of My Car," but even on its humble opposite, the sweet "Heart of the Country." These songs may not be self-styled major statements, but they are endearing and enduring, as is Ram itself, which seems like a more unique, exquisite pleasure with each passing year." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, www.allmusic.com

Features:
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 4 CDs of remastered music
• Disc 3 contains Mono versions
• Includes DVD
• Remastering done at Abbey Road
• 112-page book
• 5 Prints in vintage style photographic wallet
• 8 full-size facsimiles of Paul's original handwritten lyric sheets
• Mini photographic book of outtakes from original album cover photo shoot

Selections:
Disc 1

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
Disc 2
1. Another Day
2. Oh Woman, Oh Why
3. Little Woman Love
4. A Love For You (John Kelly Mix)
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)
Disc 3 - Mono versions
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
Disc 4 - Thrillington (instrumentals)
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. The Back Seat of My Car
DVD
1. Ramming
2. Heart Of the Country
3. 3 Legs
4. Hey Diddle
5. Eat At Home On Tour

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