Between quitting the Beatles and forming Wings, Paul McCartney recorded Ram, the only work solely credited to himself and his late wife, Linda. Originally recorded in late 1970/early 1971, the album is receiving new life from McCartney as he plans to re-release the album in many formats, something much of his post-Beatles work is being treated to.
“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,” McCartney said in a statement on his website. “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!”
Ram will be re-released as a digital download, a limited-edition mono vinyl LP, a double LP on gatefold vinyl, a hi-res edition with 24-bit, 96 kHz audio files, a four CD/one DVD box set, a special edition two CD digipak, and a single disc twelve-track standard edition.
The reissue, in all formats, will be released on May 22nd.
Ram was recorded a year after the Beatles break-up while legal action was taking place in Britain’s High Court with the dissolution of the band’s partnership. The album included “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1971.
The album also began a feud between McCartney and his former songwriting partner, John Lennon, who believed “Too Many People” and “Dear Boy” took shots at him. He would later retaliate with “How Do You Sleep?,” from his 1971 album Imagine.