RAM and Smile Sessions compete for Best Historical Album Grammy

Paul McCartney / RAM Deluxe Edition
Paul and Linda McCartney’s RAM deluxe box set

The friendly rivalry between Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson continues, 45 years on from Pet Sounds and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the news that Paul and Linda’s 1971 album RAM, and The Beach Boys’ The Smile Sessions are amongst the nominations for ‘Best Historical Album’ in the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Both albums are nominated for their deluxe box editions – RAM from May 2012 and The Smile Sessions from October 2011.

Our money would be on McCartney to win this. Not only is RAM a sublime set, it could be the third year in a row for him, with his 1973 Band On The Run deluxe reissue winning this category last year, and The Beatles remastered CDs winning in 2010.

Our review of the RAM deluxe set can be found here.

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Smile sessions hands down. Regardless of what the competition is.

Daniel Mason

Ram is a shoo in. But Some Girls will take some beating

mr person

is this a joke? it’s like comparing steak with mcdonalds


Catch up. Ram is considered a masterpiece today in the same way that Smile is — both are inventive melodic and brilliant albums. Brian Wilson won the Grammy but the Ram album deserved it just as much.

Ramiro Ortega

RAM’s got nothing on sMILe sessions! I hope The Beach Boys win! Speaking of sMILe sessions, will the huge box set will be a prize on this legendary advent competition going on Paul? I hope it is, I always wanted it but couldn’t find it for a reasonable price anywhere!