Monday, December 17, 2012
Paul and Linda McCartney - Ram: Special Edition CD Review
When Paul and Linda McCartney released Ram in 1971 — the only album credited to both of them — it didn’t meet with the warmest of reviews from critics or McCartney’s former band mates in the Beatles. Fans of McCartney’s pop master craftsmanship in the Beatles were puzzled by the rough, unfinished quality of his first solo album, McCartney, and when Ram was more of the same, it was too much for some to take. As for the Beatles, Ram was written at the height of McCartney’s feud with ex-songwriting partner John Lennon, who believed many of the songs (correctly in some instances) were not so subtle jabs at him.
In the years since, Ram has undergone a critical reappraisal. No longer in the giant shadow of the Beatles, when viewed for what it is, Ram stands as one of McCartney’s best solo efforts. The album has been remastered as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection and is available in a number of formats from single disc to a five-disc Deluxe Edition. This review focuses on the two-CD Special Edition, as well as the DVD that is only included in the Deluxe Edition.
Read the rest of the review at www.blindedbysound.com by clicking here.