Published Mar 22, 2012The Paul McCartney reissue campaign has been holding strong for a couple years now, with an expanded version of Wings' Band on the Run having arrived in 2010, and his solo sets McCartney and McCartney II hitting store shelves last spring. Up next for Macca is a revisited version of 1971's Ram.
As Rolling Stone reports, the collection, credited to McCartney and his late wife Linda, will be released in multiple versions come May 22 through Concord Music Group.
Tracklistings for the individual editions have yet to be revealed, but the album's original 12-song sequencing will be preserved on a standard CD edition. It also reportedly arrives as a two-disc digipack featuring a bonus disc of rarities, as well as a hi-res edition with 24-bit, 96 kHz audio files.
Vinyl hounds can pick up the Ram redux as either a double LP on 180-gram vinyl, or as a limited-edition mono pressing.
Most impressive of all, a deluxe box set packages the deluxe CD edition with a DVD, a 112-page book of photos and illustrations, and will also include a copy of Thrillington, the instrumental version of Ram originally issued in 1977.
"This is an album that is part of my history -- it goes back to the wee hills of Scotland where it was formed," Paul McCartney said in a statement. "It reminds me of my hippie days and the free attitude with which it was created."
Ram was written at the McCartney farm on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and recorded in New York. The varied collection contains the No. 1 hit "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," jaunty stage show piano jam "Dear Boy" and bouncy, acoustic guitar-driven rocker "Too Many People," among other gems.