(Benelux & UK, CBS 3717) 1968 by Ramases and Selket
Listen to an MP3 of Crazy One.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
(Major Minor MM 704) 1970 by Ramases and Seleka
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.
(Major Minor 14.553 AT) 1970 by Ram and Sel
'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
(UK, Philips 6113 001) June 1971
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.
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.
(UK, Philips 6113 003) December 1971
(Chile, Vertigo 6059 062) 1972