Paul McCartney

Ram in Mono

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Ram was just about the perfect Paul McCartney album, and this bootleg isn't so much an improvement on it as a different take on it. Apparently assembled from work tapes on the original album, it presents Ram as a work-in-progress, before any of the refinements in the final mix were made in preparing it for stereo. One major difference is that it has a much crunchier sound, especially on the electric guitars, and overall this disc is punchier than the finished stereo version, although it also obviously lacks the latter's cool sound separation effects; think of it as sort of Ram with more of a garage punk edge to the sound and the instruments, and a harder, more straight-ahead rock & roll sound. As a bonus, the bootleggers have appended 15 radio promotion spots dating from 1971, which were intended to publicize the album on the air.

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