Tribute to Ram
We just announced the release of a fiftieth anniversary version of the Paul and Linda McCartney “Ram” album, remastered at half the speed for a limited edition vinyl LP release. As it turns out, that is not the only celebration of that particular album this year. Three of the musicians on the original “Ram” album have been putting together their own version of “Ram” for the anniversary, aided by many more musicians and singers.
With Paul McCartney’s blessing, Denny Seiwell who played drums on “Ram” has been co-producing “RAM ON – a 50th Anniversary Tribute to Paul & Linda McCartney’s RAM”, which will be out on 14th May. Seiwell went on to be the first “Wings” drummer, and here he is, telling The story of the recording of the “Another Day” single in 1971 and again for “RAM ON” 50 years later.
The album features 100 musicians – all huge fans of RAM, including original musicians Denny Seiwell (drums), David Spinozza (guitars) and Marvin Stamm, together with Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Eric Dover (Jellyfish) Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl) and Will Lee (The Fab Faux). Here’s a teaser for all the tracks from the album (plus a couple of additional tracks)
It is a testament to the enduring love and affection for Ram that so many artists across three generations should want to be a part of this recreation of a classic album. The idea was born in 2020 from a discussion between producer/multi-instrumentalist Fernando Perdomo and Denny Seiwell, the original drummer with Paul McCartney & Wings, who performed on “Ram”. Original guitarist David Spinozza returns to reprise his parts on the album along with Marvin Stamm who played flugelhorn on Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey. They are joined by their musical contemporaries Davey Johnstone (Elton John Band) and Will Lee (The Fab Faux).
A second generation of musicians includes Brian Wilson’s daughter Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips), Dan Rothchild (Heart, Sheryl Crow) Pat Sansone (Wilco), Joey Santiago (Pixies), Eric Dover (Jellyfish) and Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd, Blue Pearl).
The latest cohort of musicians with this love of Ram includes Dave Depper (Death Cab For Cutie), Lauren Leigh, Cindy Wassermann and Frank Drennan (Dead Rock West) and multi-instrumentalist Timmy Sean.
RAM ON includes warm and sensitive re-recordings of all the original tracks on Ram plus two non-album tracks from the Ram sessions: McCartney’s first single after his departure from The Beatles, “Another Day”, was a huge global hit in 1971 and the single’s B-side “Oh Woman Oh Why” is also included. The tribute closes with a reprise of the opening track “Too Many People (Slight Return)”.
RAM ON is produced by Fernando Perdomo and Denny Seiwell.
“From early on I wanted this to not be a typical tribute record,” says Fernando Perdomo. “Every musician on this record loves Ram with all their heart and I think it shows. This record was made with pure love.”
RAM ON Track Listing:
01. Too Many People feat Dan Rothchild
02. 3 Legs feat The Dirty Diamond and Durga McBroom
03. Ram On feat Pat Sansone
04. Dear Boy feat Adrian Bourgeois
05. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey feat Bebopalula
06. Smile Away feat Timmy Sean
07. Heart of the Country feat Dan Rothchild
08. Monkberry Moon Delight feat Timmy Sean
09. Eat At Home feat Dead Rock West
10. Long Haired Lady feat Rob Bonfiglio and Carnie Wilson
11. Ram On Reprise feat Pat Sansone
12. Backseat of My Car feat Brentley Gore
13. Another Day feat Gordon Michaels
14. Oh Woman Oh Why feat Eric Dover and Lauren Leigh
15. Too Many People (Slight Return)
RAM ON is released in CD format on 14th May 2021 via Spirit of Unicorn Music, and distributed by Cherry Red Records. The company is also considering the release of a vinyl format later in the year.
“Uncanny! Ram On effortlessly captures the beauty, spirit and charm of Paul and Linda’s original. Wonderful!” Paul Sinclair – Super Deluxe Edition.
Recording sessions for Ram took place in New York and Los Angeles between October 1970 and March 1971. The principal musicians were Paul McCartney (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitars and ukulele on Ram On), Linda McCartney (harmony and backing vocals), Denny Seiwell (drums), David Spinozza (guitar), Hugh McCracken (guitar) with Marvin Stamm (flugelhorn on Uncle Albert/Admiral Horsey). Engineering the album was Eirik “The Norwegian” Wangberg.
Ram was released 17th May 1971. McCartney was hurt by the negative reception from the press, but the album was a huge commercial success and much-loved by fans around the world. In retrospect, the critics heaped praise upon the album at the time of its re-release in 2012 and fans continue to love the album to this day.
About Fernando Perdomo
A powerhouse of the LA music scene Fernando Perdomo has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is featured in the Netflix documentary Echo In The Canyon where his is seen backing up Brian Wilson, Norah Jones and Regina Spektor. He played on the official soundtrack album of the film along with Eric Clapton, Neil Young and Stephen Stills.
Fernando owns and operates Reseda Ranch Studios in Los Angeles. He has produced hundreds of records and as a session guitarist and bassist, he has played with Emitt Rhodes, Todd Rundgren, Curved Air and many more.
About Denny Seiwell
Having played with New York’s jazz elite, Denny received an invitation from Paul McCartney to move to London and become a founding member of the post-Beatles phenomenon Wings. Denny toured with Wings and played on many of that era’s biggest hits, My Love and the Oscar nominated Live And Let Die along with McCartney’s Ram, Wildlife and Red Rose Speedway albums. Highlights of Denny’s London years included work with Joe Cocker, Donovan, and The Who with the London Symphony Orchestra on their groundbreaking version of the Rock Opera Tommy. Denny’s signature drumming can be heard on records by Art Garfunkel, James Brown, Astrud Gilberto, Deniece Williams, Janis Joplin’s posthumous Farewell Song album and Billy Joel’s Cold Spring Harbor.