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Old May 21, 2012, 04:37 PM   #1
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Didn't see any other topics yet about this. Got an early copy of the remastered album. I had a few long drives over the weekend, so I got a good chance to soak it in a few times.

I gotta say the remastering is amazing. Ram was never really on my radar before, but I think it's in my top 3 or 4 Paul solo albums now. The production on the tracks is truly great. The remastering really brings out vocals and other sounds I never noticed before, everything is totally clear and clean now. "Dear Boy" and "The Back Seat Of My Car" are excellent examples of what remastering can do.

The second CD of bonus audio is nice to have, but none of the tracks do much for me. Except "Another Day" of course, which has one of the greatest bass tracks ever. Exactly the kind of stuff that made me pick up a bass guitar years ago.

Haven't had a chance to watch the bonus DVD yet, I'm sure it's a nice addition too. My advance copy didn't come with the mono Ram unfortunately, but I can imagine it's got some nice alternate mixes on there.

All in all, a good release, although I would have included some better stuff on the bonus audio CD, like demos or alternate takes.
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Old May 22, 2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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hoping to pick up the mono vinyl..

hear it is amazing.

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This guy is killing me. I bought both sets of vinyl and an extra mono copy to leave sealed. I think it'll be rare and valuable soon.
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Old May 22, 2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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Review: Paul McCartney 'Ram' reissue brings new look at once-hated album

What a difference 40 years or so makes. A new reissue of Paul McCartney's “Ram” comes out in U.S. stores Tuesday.The bigger question is what does it accomplish? Because for anyone who can remember back when the album was first released, it wasn't met with a lot of love from critics.

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I admit that for the life of me, I just don't understand how anybody could hate Ram. It is an EXCELLENT album/CD and I love it as much now as ever. To me it is a collection of high caliber songs. It's one of my favorites!
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Old May 22, 2012, 08:28 PM   #6
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Damn, how could Jon Landau write a review that brutal about Ram? This is a guy that's supposed to know a thing or two about music. I recall similar responses to Back to the Egg. Another album I thought was great.

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Although we don't agree with Mr. Landau, I do have a question for him. Did he even LISTEN to Ram? Did he even LISTEN to Back to the Egg, which Paul said was his favorite collection? I thought BOTH albums/CDs were great and still do.
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I don't have the album yet, but I do listen to the samples on iTunes and from what I hear it sounds amazing! However I did download the two bonus tracks "Eat At Home/Smile Away" live from 1972, and the "Uncle Albert Jam" and they are pretty good.
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I don't quite understand the guy from the Examiner saying something to the effect of "you no longer have to be embarrassed to admit you like it". Wha? I've heard a lot of people say that "Ram" is their favorite album of Paul's, and even heard some musicians say that. It took a little bit for this album to grow on me, but once I really gave it a good listen and a chance, it quickly became my favorite album of Paul's.

After reading your reviews, I can't wait for my remastered copy!
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Not much info on the two CD set, does the "big" set (or anywhere else) list the recording dates (and, if so, please tell me) for the following songs ?

- "A love for you"
- "Hey diddle"
- "Great cock and seagull race"
- "Rode all night"
- " Sunshine sometime"

... thanks, if you can...
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Would be nice if they tried a bit harder on those second bonus discs on these re-releases.

8 tracks... two of which already long released ?

Come on, surely there are some demos and alternate takes somewhere ?

If not, at worst, then put a couple of instrumental versions, or have Paul record a new version of one of the said album's tracks, no ?

... unless he's keeping the door open to an eventaul re-re-release of all of his albums later on still ?
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Old May 31, 2012, 02:23 AM   #12
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A Love For You
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York 26th October 1970
Overdubs in 1981 and 1986
Mixed 31st October 1986

Hey Diddle
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York 26th October 1970
Mixed 8th July 1971

Great Cock and Seagull Race
Recorded at A&R Studios, New York 23rd February 1971
Mixed 13th July 1971

Rode All Night
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York 22nd October 1970
Mixed 8th July 1971

Sunshine Sometime
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York 29th October 1970
Mixed 2nd November 1970

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I got the deluxe box set in the mail today, and all I have to say is WOW!! It does look a bit odd on the shelf, being around 3 times thicker than the previous deluxe editions, but this is an incredible release. The overall external design matches the previous books, but inside it is totally redesigned - instead of being a hardback book with the extras inserted like perviously, its a box that opens up to reveal a softcover book and photo book. The photo prints and lyric sheets are inside fantastic replica envelopes, and at the back of the box are little inserts where you find the sheep flip book and the discs. Overall, I'm really, really impressed. I remember the cards in previous releases stating Wings Over America was going to be released as a part of this line - I think that is one album that deserves the deluxe-deluxe-deluxe treatment that Ram has received.
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I believe the original negative reviews were coming from critics who couldn't believe that this guy had the nerve to leave the Beatles. And for what, this? He could've released Sgt Pepper II and he would have been lambasted. That being said, this set is fantastic. The crown jewel being the mono issue. This is a great stereo album, but if you want an even fresher listen to this wonderfully remastered set, treat yourself to the mono mix. Lots of unfamiliar sounds and tracks all over.
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A Love For You
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York 26th October 1970
Overdubs in 1981 and 1986
Mixed 31st October 1986
Thanks...

Who overdubbed what ?
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I like the mono version better actually. The lead vocals sound cleaner, and the backing vocals don't seem as loud in general, which, with all due respect to Linda, is an improvement.
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Who overdubbed what ?
The entire breakdown says:

A Love For You (Jon Kelly Mix) (4:08)
Written and composed by Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Seiwell and Hugh McCracken.
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York, 26th October 1970.
Recorded by Tim Geelan. Assisted by Ted Brosnan.
Overdubs by Geoff Emerick at Park Gates Studios, East Sussex, 1981 and Jon Kelly at Hog Hill Mill, 1986.
Mixed by John Kelly at Hog Hill Mill, 31st October 1986.
Assisted by Matt Butler.
Produced by Paul McCartney.
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been fortunate enough to hear both the mono ripped to 24/96 and the unlimited digital released with the package..got to say the mono blows away all challengers.

as a friend says the mono sounds more like a rock record.
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A Love For You (Jon Kelly Mix) (4:08)
Written and composed by Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Seiwell and Hugh McCracken.
Recorded at CBS Studios, New York, 26th October 1970.
Recorded by Tim Geelan. Assisted by Ted Brosnan.
Overdubs by Geoff Emerick at Park Gates Studios, East Sussex, 1981 and Jon Kelly at Hog Hill Mill, 1986.
Mixed by John Kelly at Hog Hill Mill, 31st October 1986.
Assisted by Matt Butler.
Produced by Paul McCartney.
Couln't they possibly mean "Remixed", Geoff Emerick doesn't "play" anything, does he ?

That, and there doesn't seem to be anything "added" onto it, except maybe the echo on the "oh-oh"'s
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You know, I was thinking the same thing. Unfortunately, that's what the book says so maybe we'll never know.
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