In honor of the 40th anniversary of Paul & Linda McCartney‘s album Ram, Dave Depper is covering the album in full and will release his project on May 3rd via Jackpot Records, two weeks before the proper 40th anniversary.
McCartney’s proper solo debut was 1970′s McCartney, and it was a true solo album where he recorded and played every instrument at his home studio, with only subtle background vocals from his wife, Linda. Back then, album oriented radio (AOR) could pull you through and since he was an ex-Beatle, there was no need for a proper single, since stations played most of the songs on the album. However, it was “Maybe I’m Amazed” that was the single that never was, at least until McCartney released a live version of it on his Wings Over America album six years later.
For his second album, it was another intimate album and in the U.S. there was only one single, the duo attack of “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”. In other countries, one or two more singles were pulled from the album and while it’s hard to truly pick a best, many feel that Ram was his best post-Beatle album.
Dave Depper loved the album and decide to honor by not recording just one or two songs from the album, but the entire album, along with a few songs recorded around the same time as the album was, including “Oh Woman, Oh Why”, which was a double-A side with “Another Day”. While “Another Day” was a nice, friendly pop ditty, “Oh Woman, Oh Why” was a rocker and fans loved how McCartney would approach his singles in that way. It’s a song that would remain a non-LP track for years, a McCartney tradition.
The Ram Project hits the streets, both virtual and digital, on May 3rd via Jackpot in the U.S., and City Slang in Europe.