McCartney's 'Ram' is back on the charts

Paul McCartney's 1971 album, "Ram," has just been

Paul McCartney's 1971 album, "Ram," has just been reissued, and it's back on the Billboard charts. (Credit: Handout)

Want to feel your age? The "cute" Beatle turns 70 on Monday.

Paul McCartney is still a top draw -- he performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last week and will be a featured performer at the London Olympics' opening ceremony next month. He still puts out new music -- "Kisses on the Bottom" was a Top Five album this year. Now, here's a chance to catch up on his early post-Beatles work.

McCartney's 1971 album, "Ram," has just been reissued, and it's back on the Billboard charts. Made in the aftermath of the ugly breakup of the Beatles, "Ram" was denounced by many critics when it was released 41 years ago.

Rolling Stone called it "incredibly inconsequential" and "unbearably inept" and said it "represents the nadir in the decomposition of '60s rock." Today, "Ram," which features the No. 1 single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," is considered a classic.

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