50th Anniversary Half-Speed Vinyl of Paul McCartney ‘Ram’ Coming 5/14 via UMe

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It can be a bit dizzying to keep up with all of the happenings surrounding Sir Paul McCartney these days.

Back in December, the tireless former Beatle released McCartney III, his excellent album made in “rockdown” and featuring Macca on every instrument. The album is being revisited (already) in mid-April as III Imagined, featuring an array of special guests on reinterpretations and/or remixes of the album’s tracks.

Click here to pre-order III Imagined on CD from our Rock Cellar Store
Click here to pre-order III Imagined on LP from our Rock Cellar Store

There’s also a lavish The Lyrics 1956 to the Present book coming in November.

But wait … there’s more!

Announced on Wednesday, a special 50th anniversary edition of McCartney’s 1971 album RAM will also be coming on May 14, via UMe. The limited edition half-speed vinyl run is up for pre-order now at McCartney’s official site.

Some additional details regarding this special RAM reissue:

The only album to be credited to both Paul and Linda McCartney, RAM was created mostly at Paul and Linda’s farm in Scotland (following initial, more traditional studio sessions in New York). Unlike the completely solo sessions that resulted in Paul’s eponymous debut album, the recording of RAM found Paul and Linda enlisting a number of musicians, including Denny Seiwell who would become a founding member of Wings, Paul’s next musical adventure.
The RAM sessions were completed in early 1971, also yielding the standalone single Another Day, a worldwide hit that preceded RAM’s May 1971 release.
RAM’s singular sonic palette was unlike its predecessor—or anything else for that matter—and has grown exponentially in stature and influence over the decades. Critically polarizing at the time, the album was instantly beloved by fans, hitting #1 in the UK and giving Paul his first post-Beatles American #1 single, the GRAMMY-winning Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey. In recent years the record has continued to solidify its standing as one of the most loved in Paul’s unparalleled output. Fans and critics alike continue to sing its praises: Rolling Stone has hailed the album as a “masterpiece” and “a grand psychedelic ramble full of divine melodies,” Pitchfork has praised it as “a domestic-bliss album, one of the weirdest, earthiest, and most honest ever made,” and Mojo, perhaps most accurately of all, has deemed RAM “quintessentially McCartney.”

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