Paul McCartney has recalled making of his second post-Beatles album ‘RAM’ in a video interview you can watch above.
The 1971 album, which was the first to be credited to him and his late wife Linda, will be re-released in the UK on May 21. A deluxe edition box set will include a 112-page book, photo prints, copies of handwritten lyrics and notes and four CDs as well as a film that tells the making of the album on DVD, Ramming.
Speaking about the circumstances of the album McCartney said:
I was in the middle of this horrendous Beatles break-up. It was like being in quicksand.
He added: “The lightbulb went off one day and we realised that we could run off and go to Scotland where we loved. Just to keep myself amused, I’d just make up stuff on the guitar. Instead of thinking “After The Beatles this has got to be important”, I thought ‘Maybe this is the way to go, just have fun with it’.”
Last week Paul McCartney unveiled three new videos for his track ‘My Valentine’, one of which features Johnny Depp and another stars Natalie Portman. A third clip combines the Hollywood pair’s contributions into one video.
Depp plays guitar in his video and recorded the solo in the track live. Portman, who previously starred in McCartney’s ‘Dance Tonight’ video in 2007, mimes along to the song in her video. ‘My Valentine’ is one of two original compositions on The Beatles man’s latest album of mainly classic standards, ‘Kisses On The Bottom’.
McCartney has said he’s ignoring criticism of the cheeky title of the record, stating it reminds him of how people used to mock the name of The Beatles. “I like mischief. It’s good for the soul, it’s always a good idea – if only because people think it’s a bad idea,” he told BBC Radio 2 earlier this year.