Speaking of RAM, have you heard of Percy Thrillington? If not, don’t feel bad as Percy “Thrills” Thrillington never actually existed outside of Paul McCartney’s imagination. Back in the ’70s, prior to the release of Ram, McCartney decided to have an orchestral version of the album laid to tape. But then Wings happened.
Recorded in June of 1971—with McCartney acting as producer—and with an intended release shortly thereafter, Thrillington’s release was delayed six years. When it finally did see the light of day, in 1977, Macca’s name was nowhere to be found on the jacket, nor in the liner notes. In fact, McCartney did not claim the project for another 12 years. As a whole the LP stands as an interesting curio for Ram enthusiasts, but wears thin after repeated listens. Having said that, you must check out the orchestral version of “Monkberry” below.
Elsewhere: I mentioned this last week on AD’s Twitter, but Ram fans should note that WFMU’s Tom Scharpling, in a bizarre coincidence, also put together a various artists compilation. His is available strictly through his pledge drive; details here.