It was 50 years ago today (May 17th, 1971), that Paul McCartney released his second solo album, the legendary fan-favorite Ram. The set was the first solo Beatles album recorded in New York City, and was co-billed to his late first wife, Linda McCartney. In celebration of the anniversary, the album has been reissued as a limited-edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing.
Although it sailed to the top of the UK charts, in the States it topped out at Number Two due to the massive success of Carole King's Tapestry, which blocked Ram from hitting Number One. Among the highlights on Ram are McCartney's first solo chart-topper “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” “Too Many People,” Ram On,” “Dear Boy,” “Heart Of The Country,” “Eat At Home,” and “The Back Seat Of My Car,” among others.
Several unreleased songs from the Ram sessions appeared on future McCartney albums, such as “Dear Friend” (Wild Life, 1972); “Little Woman Love” (B-side, 1972); “Get On The Right Thing” and “Little Lamb Dragonfly” (Red Rose Speedway, 1973); “Mama's Little Girl” (B-Side, 1990), and “A Love For You” (The In-Laws soundtrack, 2003.)