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.