Paul McCartney has recently revisited several best-selling titles from his extensive catalog, including Band on the Run, MCartney, and McCartney II, with added video material and extra tracks. Released as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, those three albums provided bonuses that would become a template for anticipated extras for subsequent releases of popular titles.
One of those subsequent releases is RAM. Originally released in 1971, RAM was home to hits like “Too Many People” and “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” But fans are quite fond of the rest of the material on RAM as well, making it a no-brainer in the first fruits of the Archive campaign. The original album has plenty to offer.
Making the rounds was a promotional mono-only mix that was delivered to radio stations but unavailable to fans. Over time, this version of RAM has become an enviable addition to McCartney collector libraries. For the upcoming RAM reissue, this mono-only set will be included in specially packaged sets.
The reissued RAM is expected to be released on May 22. On that date, Hear Music plans to reissue the popular title in a single-CD edition featuring just the remastered original album. Other packaging includes a two-CD Special Edition, which will offer single edits of “Another Day” and “Oh Woman, Oh Why,” along with new mixes (“A Love For You,” “Hey Diddle,” “Great Cock and Seagull Race”), bonus songs (“Little Woman Love,” “Rode All Night”), and an early mix of “Sunshine Sometime” on the second disc. While some may question these inclusions, the fact remains they are in there.
Other packaging includes a two-LP (180g) vinyl set, and a planned Limited Edition Mono version LP. There is also a massive four-CD box with a DVD, and a 112-page hardcover book (which will also house the discs). Digital files will also be made available to people who can hang with them.
If you’re a McCartney fan, then this Paul McCartney Archive Collection reissue of RAM is already on your calendar.