McCartney’s Ram (Apple, 1971) was the first record he (they, counting Linda) made after The Beatles split. It’s great, though at the time critics hated it because music was supposed to, y’know man, mean something, and Paul McCartney was, at the time, thought of as axiomatically incapable of meaning something, or meaning something enough anyway. Later on, critics realized music they had labeled as meaning something was actually music that was fatally self-absorbed, at which point they retroactively hailed Ram as great, which the rest of us already knew.
Lucky for us, Paul was self-absorbed enough to make a dedicated mono mix of Ram (and of the “Another Day”/”Oh Woman, Oh Why?” single) for promotional purposes, which was extremely rare for someone to do in early 1971, but dreadfully considerate of him, seeing how our 21st century fetishizing of mono mixes and the limited promotional release combined to make them among the rarest and most sought-after post-Beatles Beatle recordings.
krecs: Here’s a track from folk noisemaker Tara Jane ONeil’s upcoming full-length collaboration with Japanese enchantress Nikaido Kazumi, entitled “Ruh Roh.” This self-titled album will be out on 5/24 on K.