2004 SPACE HYMNS RE-ISSUE The 2004 Repertoire reissue (REPUK 1030) has four bonus tracks. Balloon (Alternative Mix, 1971 UK Single A side), Muddy Water (1971 UK Single B side), Jesus Come Back (1972 UK Single A side), Hello Mister (1972 UK Single B Side). Original album in stereo, four bonus tracks in mono.
ROGER DEAN REMEMBERS RAMASES I think Roger (Dean) and I were travelling to Glastonbury by car in about '98 to see Michael Evis of the Glosto festival. Ramases came up in conversation, Roger was aware I considered 'Space Hymns' an amazing album and he starts relating this story - despite Roger's bent towards the fantasy with his artwork he's a fairly straight forward bloke. He tells me that Ramases accidentally got involved with a couple of well known heavy duty Brothers of the 60s East End Gangland scene who bank rolled him to take over a legit double glazing business in Glasgow. He made a lot of dosh and one day when driving out of Glasgow he had this spiritual revelation that he had to take to the masses and the medium was to be music and it all went from there. 'Space Hymns' does have a sort of evangelistic quality. There's decidedly a spiritual message in there. Thats the story in brief - I'm no typist!!
Englands Hidden Reverse: Firstly, what a great site! I first heard Ramases in about 1974/75 when a friend of mine had purchased 'Space Hymns'. My initial reaction was to 'wind up' said friend and say he purchased a load of rubbish! Such is the folly of youthful abandon. Ever since that time, Ramases has always intriqued me and I'm bowled over to see this site, yet sad that such a character is no longer with us.
Wanted: any Ramases ephemera: posters; picture sleeves; autographed material. Will pay very high prices or exchange. ANYTHING interesting wanted. Please email David Tibet at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ramases' guitar: I found this website whilst trying to research the history of an acoustic guitar I bought when I was a kid. It was the Summer of 1978, in Ipswich, Suffolk, where I grew up. I was looking for my first guitar. I went into a second-hand instruments shop in Ipswich (Felixstowe Road or Spring Road, I think). The guy offered me a lovely Epiphone acoustic. The body was signed "Ramases" in a ball-point pen and varnished over the top (which I was more than a bit dubious about, so he let me have it a little cheaper than it was marked). He told me that the previous owner had committed suicide and that his wife had sold it to the shop. I tried to scrape off the signature, but bits of it can still be seen.
Local Weirdo: I was Ramases' paper boy when he lived in Westwick Crescent! He was an extraordinary looking person for 1967/8 as he shaved his head, the rest of us were growing as long as we could. He was also the first person I ever saw who had extended the flare on his trousers by letting material into the bottoms (we did some very strange things in those days!). As I said he turned heads wherever he went.
Glass Top Coffin: I was the producer of Glass Top Coffin and it was great to see the memories on your site. I'm now running my studios and music co in Dubai.
Wizard Of Oz: The main thing that strikes me about the album [Glass Top Coffin] in general is that it seems to be inspired by and to follow the story of The Wizard of Oz (it is possible to allocate all of the songs to the characters and the storyline). Though I am sure that at the end of the day that someone could manage tomake the album say anything they wanted!
Glass Top Coffin: In all the reviews of GLASS TOP COFFIN, no-one seems to have mentioned that the title must have come from the story of Snow White who rests in such a coffin awaiting her 'resurrection' - a very clever combination of folk-lore, Christian mythology and Egyptian mythology (also on the Egyptian front, the coffin of Tutankhamun in the Valley of The Kings now rests under a very heavy glass top).
Read more info on these thoughts and theories here...
Felixstowe: I met Ramases when my parents tried to buy his house at (8?) Stanley Road Felixstowe. I had a great couple of hours chatting to him whilst he introduced me to Tomita and lots of other interesting sounds. I subsequently bought Space Hymns which I loved. I could never seem to find Glass Top Coffin. Unfortunately sold my copy of Space Hymns (regrets, regrets) but have it on tape.
Articles: Ramases used to live in my parents house in Sheffield, England, before they bought it. I've moved from that house now, but still have some news articles about the house (from 1967), as Ramases also designed the interior. Do you want copies of these articles?
Good friends: Ram & Sel were good friends of mine. I knew them from the Felixstowe days. He'd have liked your site.... for sure! He was a lovely man and I will remember him with warmth and affection forever. Read a whole lot more here...
Searching: I asked you some time ago to give me info regarding the whereabouts of Ramases and Sel and you replied with what little there is actually.
Who's Joe: I always wondered who Joe was and why he was the only one, until I saw a TV re-run of "Midnight Cowboy" featuring John Voight/Dustin Hoffman the other evening. In one of the flashback scenes of Joe (John Voight), his girlfriend just goes on and on and on repeating the phrase "Your'e the only one Joe, the only one". Amazing that some-one can pick that up and write a song using only that line.
Early 70s: I first heard them in those heady days over in England at thetime of the first two Glastonbury festivals (70/71) - although the first one, 'Space Hymns', was quite popular in England and Germany at the time the group was too weird for mass consumption and they also never played live. There is definitely a spiritual connection between Ramases and Quintessence as they were popular to the same audience. It was the time of psychedelia and the emergence of Hawkwind.
Michael: The only bit of info I can give you that I haven't seen on your well-researched website, is that his real name was Michael Raphael, born in Sheffield, England. Apart from that, sweet fanny adams. He seemed to slip into obscurity after 'Glass Top Coffin'.
Suicide: Ramases is thought to be dead by way of suicide. This info I got from Dave Thompsons book: "Better To Burn Out: The Cult Of Death in Rock 'n' Roll", 1999. Not even his best friends were able to keep track of him.
See also the Dead Rock Star Club Website.
Felixstowe: Ramases I heard lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk for some time before he commited suicide. Sad loss.
Ramases and Sel on Felixstowe beach, 1975