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Paul McCartney Talks About ‘Ram’ Reissue

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A remastered version of Paul McCartney‘s 1971 album ‘Ram’ was reissued last week in several formats with the now-standard assortment of bonus tracks and DVD documentary. In a new interview, McCartney talks about how, in putting together the various packages, he was trying to capture not just the music, but also a feeling of what those loose days were like.

“I wanted to do was kind of give a nod to the period when it was created,” McCartney said. “My memories from that period are quite hippie. I had some memories that I talked to my team about. I said, ‘Let’s try and just sort of make it a little more down home than a big, glossy presentation.’”

He then relayed the story of a man who stopped by his house in Scotland. Calling himself the “Queen of Norman,” the stranger gave McCartney a vinyl copy of ‘Buch and the Snake Stretchers,’ the debut album by underground blues guitar hero Roy Buchanan that was packaged in a burlap bag with stenciled letters. “I told everyone at the meeting, ‘That’s the spirit that we’d like to try and get.’ It is a little more downhome, a little bit more funky.”

McCartney also praised his team for helping fill in some of the details that have been lost to him over the past 41 years. “They research everything, so I’m seeing stuff I didn’t know I ever said to people I didn’t even know I’d ever met,” he continued with characteristic twinkle in his eye. “That adds to the excitement of putting it out.”

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