Universal have a full brace of Paul McCartney reissues to show off. 1971's Ram is Paul’s first record made with his wife Linda McCartney, and it is widely interpreted as a dig at John Lennon: Ram was of course being recorded and released in the aftermath of the break-up of some band called The Beatles. CD and LP reissues.
10/10 Robin Staff review, 15 November 2017
They’re really paying me to do this. To just write a bunch of nonsense words, nary a review, about Paul and Linda McCartney’s ‘Ram’. The truth is that this is the best Beatles album and I’m canonising that as a Norman Records opinion -- it’s an endlessly listenable smirk in the face of the band’s tiresome mythos, offering what I’m going to hypothesise is a really mean and rude Paul dissing the members of his band considered to be both smarter and sillier than him. He shouts down John, goes way in the other direction from George and also out-stupids Ringo. This is a made-up fantasy, I know, but also ‘Ram’ is the best Beatles record. The hooks.
With an ocean of amazing pop songs, this record bobs by in peace, occasionally offering a little scowl (“Too Many People” and the sarcastic self-commentary of “Smile Away”) before offering confoundingly dumb and psychedelic ditties like the multi-faceted home cooking of “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey” and the sing-songy claptrap of “Long Haired Lady”. Claptrap, all of it: there’s ukeleles played like ambient wallpaper on songs just, like, generally about love (I hear the Beatles liked that). There’s “Heart of the Country”, where Paul just dips out of existence to roll around in the grass -- the bassline is really swell. Swell, all of it.
I think it’s the best one because it just suggests that nothing about this band was important -- I feel like that was always this Beatles’ thesis, so I really like just listening to him rollicking. Sometimes I listen to this and wonder what the point is in listening to anything else. Also the best Beatle is actually Linda McCartney's vegetarian frozen foods.
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