Paul McCartney‘s 1971 album Ram will be released as a FIVE disc deluxe edition superdeluxeedition.com has learned. It is due for release on 22 May 2012 in the US with the UK release likely to be the day before.
The deluxe edition will continue the tradition of the 128-page linen-bound book and all audio content is newly remastered.
The second bonus CD will contain 8 numbers, including period outtakes, non-album tracks and b-sides, amongst them fan favourite A Love For You (only officially available – probably in a different mix – on The In-Laws soundtrack from 2003).
A third CD will see the first commercial issue of the mono mix of Ram – previously only a promo-only item at the time of release. Like The Beatles mono albums, this is a unique mix with subtle differences to what can be heard on the standard stereo mix.
The fourth CD will be the Thrillington album. An instrumental/orchestral version of the Ram album recorded in 1971 and produced by McCartney, but not released until 1977 (under the pseudonym of Percy “Thrills” Thrillington). It was reissued on CD in the mid-nineties but again under the same pseudonym. This Ram reissue will mark the first occasion that Thrillington has been officially released under the McCartney name.
A fifth disc is a DVD. The content looks rather slight (as per the McCartney deluxe edition video content) but will include home movie footage set to various Ram tracks.
This will be the biggest Deluxe Edition yet since the McCartney Archive Collection kicked off in October 2010. McCartney II was the previous best with 4 discs.
All audio will be available as hi-res limited and unlimited downloads.
Nothing has yet been officially confirmed, but an announcement is expected very soon. Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk do not currently reflect the full spec of these editions.
RAM Deluxe 4CD+DVD
CD1 Ram (remastered)
CD2 Bonus tracks (remastered):
- 1. Another Day
- 2. Oh Woman, Oh Why
- 3. Little Woman Love
- 4. A Love For You (Jon Kelly remix)
- 5. Hey Diddle (Dixon Van Winkle mix)
- 6. Great Cock And Seagull Race (Dixon Van Winkle mix)
- 7. Rode All Night
- 8. Sunshine Sometime (earliest mix)
CD3 Ram mono (remastered)
CD4 Thrillington (remastered)
Ramming; Heart Of The Country; 3 Legs; Hey Diddle; Eat At Home On Tour; a selection of Now Hear This jingles
Download – Hi Res audio (both limited and unlimited)