Paul McCartney – The Making Of “Ram” – video

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Paul McCartney and his family flew to New York City in October 1970 to begin working on the follow-up to McCartney.

While McCartney had featured him on every instrument, for Ram Paul decided to hold auditions for musicians, bringing some in under the guise of a session to record a commercial jingle.paul

Auditions were held in an attic on 45th Street for three days, where David Spinozza was tapped for guitar duties, after being asked by Linda, before auditions moved to a basement, where Denny Seiwell was recruited on drums. McCartney later claimed to have found Seiwell “lying on a mattress one day in The Bronx”.

The album was recorded amid  McCartney’s legal action in the United Kingdom’s High Court to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership, following the band’s break-up the year before. It is the only album credited to the couple.

This would be the first time Paul worked closely with female harmonies. Linda would serve as his backing vocalist for many years to come.

Its release coincided with a period of bitter acrimony between McCartney and his former bandmate John Lennon, who perceived verbal slights in the lyrics to songs such as “Too Many People”.

“I did feel he [John] was preaching a little bit about what everyone should do, how they should live their lives,” Paul explains on the ‘Ramming’ video segment. “I felt some of it was a bit hypocritical.”

Midway through the sessions, Spinozza was replaced by Hugh McCracken when Spinozza became unavailable. The basic tracks for the album were taped at Columbia’s Studio B from 12 October to 20 November 1970 before the McCartneys returned to their Scottish farm for the Christmas holidays.

Work continued at Studio B and A&R Recording Studios, New York, from the second week of January 1971 through to February. The album was mixed at Sound Recorders in Los Angeles.By early 1971, the project was completed, along with “Another Day” and its B-side, “Oh Woman, Oh Why”

” At the beginning of the album, when I was writing it, I spent a lot of time in Scotland, and the average day there would be: get up, have breakfast with the family, then maybe go into my little studio. I always had a little four track studio, which is what The Beatles always used to record on. That’s a real discipline recording on a four track, you’ve either gotta know exactly what you’re doing or you have got to start bouncing tracks. You can imagine, when you get into that, it’s addictive.

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