As far as the Ram discussion, just wanted to add my feelings about the album.
At the time the album was released in 1971, I clearly remember Ram getting pretty strong radio play especially on FM rock stations. I remember liking some of the songs but wasn't in love with all the songs I heard. Since I was just hearing individual tracks from the radio, I also knew I wasn't getting the best sound reproduction either. I remember Monkberry Moon Delight sounding very strange at the time especially with Paul's over the top vocals. At that time in my life, I didn't buy the album because I was newly married and money was very tight.
Fast forward many years later and my financial was much better. I bought the CD Archive Remastered Ram in 2012 just as I had bought the Archive Band on the Run a little earlier that I loved. I must say that once I bought Ram and started hearing it regularly on my car's CD player, my feelings significantly changed. Hearing all the songs with good car speakers, the tracks and overall album really grew with me. Bottom line, I think Ram from track to track is very consistent and Paul's vocals were especially tremendous. The album as a whole became one of my favorites after just a couple of months.
The only song that I dislike on Ram is "Long Hair Lady". Similar to a few other Paul songs that are not favorites of mine, "Long Hair Lady" is too long (almost 6 minutes in length) and gets monotonous to me. I'm also not crazy about parts of Linda's vocals. Not a terrible song in my opinion, but again it is too long. Other than that one track, I like all the others. My favorites right away after getting the Remaster were Too Many People, Dear Boy, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey, Heart of the Country and Back Seat of My Car. Songs that really grew with me after repeated album listens were 3 Legs, Ram On, Smile Away, Monkberry Moon Delight, and Eat at Home. I remember not caring so much for Smile Away and Monkberry Moon Delight way back in 1971 became favorites much later with the Remaster. Paul's vocals on both tracks are terrific.
After getting back to the album with the Archive Release, I consider Rqm to be one of Paul's best Post Beatle albums. I would probably rank it in my Top 5. Again, a very consistent album with no clunkers, great vocals and all in all, one of Paul's most creative albums. I think the best under the radar tracks on Ram are Eat At Home and Ram On (full version). I also think 3 Legs is very underrated.
As far as the initial negativity about Ram, I wasn't surprised. Paul was getting it from a good number of music critics and radio personalities (disc jockeys) at the time at least here in the New York and Philadelphia markets. I also did not take the negativity from the other 3 Beatles seriously either. Afterall, they were all feuding with Paul especially after he felt forced to sue them. Looking at the album many years later, younger critics that in many cases weren't even born at the time of its release are looking at the overall Ram sessions much more objectively. They see Ram much differently and how creative Paul was at the time.
As a much older Paul fan (can't believe I'm over 70) I don't consider Ram to be in my Top 3. I like some of Paul's later albums even better mainly because Paul's lyrics have generally gotten better with his age. They are more meaningful and mature when he puts his mind to lyrics. Lyrically, I like albums like Chaos and Creation, Memory Almost Full, Egypt Station and Tug of War better. It's why I have trouble comparing Ram with some of these later works. Afterall, Paul was still quite young when he made Ram. One of the reasons however that I love Paul musically is that he has been all over the map when it comes to his composing. While the lyrics on some of the Ram songs are not the best in my opinion a, it is still a great album to my ears. I just wished that Paul could sing now like he did in the 70's.