Ramases and Sel


Space HymnsGlass Top Coffin

Brian Currin




  • Crazy One/ Mind's Eye
    (Benelux & UK, CBS 3717) 1968 by Ramases and Selket

    Listen to an MP3 of Crazy One.

    Crazy One - scan supplied by David Tibet, February 2003
    Crazy One: They managed to persuade CBS to let them make a single. It was to have been 'Quasar One'. In fact, someone at CBS got his wires crossed and misheard it as 'Crazy One', so they recorded it as 'Crazy One'.
    -- Pete Erskine, NME, 15 March 1975, info supplied by Felix Reut, November 1999
    Ramases and Selket: These are the same people who later conceived the album 'Space Hymns' on Vertigo, which was played by none other than well-known group 10cc. Here, however, the duo of Ramases and Selket are at their best, with their only single released in 1968 on CBS. The 'Space Hymns' album is not bad (3 stars), in fact it's fine progressive music without all that jazz stuff so evident on certain Vertigo LPs, and also without the hard rock sound found on almost all the others. Try it, but don't expect anything that comes near the two songs on this compilation.
    -- Matthias Bock, 1996, The Rubble Collection reviews
    CBS Press Release - click for bigger picture - scan supplied by David Tibet, March 2003
    Mind's Eye: An early Ramases and Sel track, 'Mind's Eye' [and 'Crazy One'], appears on volume 3 of the new Rubble series (which hasn't got much to do with the old, deleted Rubble collection series), that has been released by Voiceprint Records.
    -- Matt Gee, July 1999
    Record Collector: I would like to bring to your attention that another feature about Ramases and Sel has just been published in September issue of Record Collector magazine. The magazine has been running an A-Z guide for British psychedelia. This month, they reached the letter R, and concentrate on Ramases and Sel's'Mind's Eye' 45.
    -- Matt Gee, September 1999
    Acid Drops: 'Mind's Eye' was released in August 2001 on a Mojo magazine 4CD box set compilation 'Acid Drops, Spacedust and Flying Saucers'. Available from Amazon.co.uk
    -- Brian Currin, October 2001
    Borderline Books: An ultra-rare, reputedly psychededelic 45, which goes for well in excess of £50 in mint condition when one finds a copy. The couple dressed in old Egyptian clothes and later recorded as Ramases. Compilation appearances have included: 'Mind's Eye' and 'Crazy One' on 'Rubble, Vol. 11' (CD) and 'The Best Of Rubble Collection, Vol. 3' (CD).
    -- Borderline Books

  • Love You/ Gold Is The Ring
    (Major Minor MM 704) 1970 by Ramases and Seleka

    Love You - click for bigger pictureGold Is The Ring - click for bigger picture
    An earlier single by Ramases and his wife Sel. In Europe the 'A' side appeared as 'Screw You' which can be found on 'Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Vol. 2' (LP). It's a hypnotic piece with rather unnerving half-spoken lyrics and female climatic shrieks.
    -- Borderline Books

  • Screw You/ Gold Is The Ring
    (Major Minor 14.553 AT) 1970 by Ram and Sel

    Screw You (front cover) - click for bigger pictureScrew You (back cover) - click for bigger pictureGold Is The Ring/Screw You - Dutch release - click for bigger picture
    'Screw You' is an alternate version of 'Love You' (see above).
    'Love You' and 'Screw You' scans supplied by David Tibet.
    In Holland, it seems that 'Gold Is The Ring' was the A-side. Catalogue number looks like MAM840. Cover scan from Manfret, March 2005
  • Balloon (sometimes listed as 'Ballroom')/ Muddy Water
    (UK, Philips 6113 001) June 1971
    Balloon - click for bigger picture
    Scan supplied by David Tibet,
    December 2006
    The single version of 'Balloon' is a little different to the 'Space Hymns' album version. Firstly it's taken at a faster pace and the spacey sound FX towards the end are much more pronounced.

    And 'Muddy Water' is like one of those campfire Gospel sing-along songs.
    -- Brian Currin, March 2004
    On the back of the picture sleeve it has DISTRUBIZIONE PHONGRAM S.P.A. and Cat. No. 6113 001. The image on the back of the sleeve is identical to the front.

    The record has 6113.001 also and MADE IN ITALY 1971, though all text is in English. Both sides are MONO.
    -- David Tibet, December 2006
  • Jesus Come Back/ Hello Mister
    (UK, Philips 6113 003) December 1971

  • Nino Viviente (Life Child) (5.35)/ Hola Señor (Hello Mister) (2.58)
    (Chile, Vertigo 6059 062) 1972


    Rubble 19Eiderdown Mindfog
    (Rubble 19)

    year: 1992
    label: Bam Caruso (test pressing), Past & Present (re-issue)
    country: UK
    catalogue: PAPRL 019
    tracks: Crazy One, Mind's EyeMore info: Marmalade Skies
    Exploding Plastic Inevitable Volume 2Exploding Plastic Inevitable Volume 2 - Globular Lightning

    year: 199?
    label: Yahoo
    country: UK
    catalogue: yahoo II
    track: Screw You
    More info: Borderline Books
    Rock LegendsRock Legends

    year: October 1990
    label: Teal Trutone
    country: South Africa
    catalogue: DGC 979/80
    track: Life Child
    Rubble Volume 11Rubble Volume 11

    year: 1992/3
    label: Bam Caruso
    country: UK
    catalogue: CD RUB 11
    tracks: Crazy One, Mind's Eye
    buy: Borderline Books
    Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers, Vol. 1Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers, Vol. 1

    year: 1998
    label: Purple Lantern
    country: UK
    catalogue: PL001
    track: Molecular Delusion
    buy: Borderline Books
    Rubble Vol 3The Rubble Series Volume 3

    year: 1999
    label: Bam Caruso
    country: UK
    catalogue: BAMVP1009
    tracks: Crazy One, Mind's Eye
    buy: Voiceprint
    Acid DropsAcid Drops, Spacedust
    and Flying Saucers

    4CD box set

    year: August 2001
    label: EMI
    country: UK
    catalogue: 07243 5 35078 2 4
    track: Mind's Eye
    buy: Amazon.co.uk

    4CD box set EMI 07243 5 35078 2 4 (UK 2001)

    'Mind's Eye' is track 5 on Disc Two ('Gandalf's Garden')

    "According to the press releases of the era, Ramases And Selket were the re-incarnation of a 3000-year-old Egyptian pharaoh and one of his 1,200 wives/concubines. However, Ramases was better know in his hometown of Sheffield as central heating salesman and former Army PT instructor Michael Raphael. After a chance meeting with local pop star Dave Berry, he decided that the music industry was the most natural medium in which to gain publicity for his claims. Crazy One - scan supplied by David Tibet, February 2003With his wife re-christened Selket, he released Crazy One b/w Mind's Eye, shamelessly built round Ram's exotic, pseudo-Arabian image. A couple of further singles followed before Ramases signed to Vertigo in 1971 to make the Space Hymns album with the band that became 10cc. A second mystical album, Glass Top Coffin, emerged in 1975, but Ramases--or rap DJ Subrock, as he was by then known, sadly took his own life in the early 1990s."

    Info supplied by David Tibet, February 2003
    Life ChildLife Child - The Best Of Ramases
    a fantasy collection from the mind of Brian Currin

    year: August 2001
    label: None
    country: South Africa
    catalogue: None
    More info: see here...
    Time MachineTime Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective
    3CD box set

    year: April 2005
    label: Vertigo
    country: UK
    catalogue: 9827982
    track: Life Child
    More info: VertigoRecords.co.uk