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ONE OF MUSIC'S BEST KEPT SECRETS GETS FIRST CD RELEASE!!,
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This review is from: Glass Top Coffin (Audio CD)This second and final album by Ramases was absolutely just MADE for cd! That's mainly because of its incredible mix of gorgeous orchestral, choral, jazz, rock, and accoustic arrangements married to often sad and reflective, though ultimately, uplifting songs (if that makes any sense!). The fact that Ramases took four years to make this album (almost unknown in the 70s!) means that it now flies in the face of almost anything else recorded in that decade, and will hopefully remain timeless and special in the 21st century, now that it's finally available on cd.
Anyone who likes his Space Hymns album and hasn't heard this is in for a real treat. This album is so obscure that I had to buy it at great expense on vinyl secondhand a few years ago to get to hear it, after enjoying Ramases' first album on cd. However, this vastly exceeded my expectations, in no small part due to the obvious time, cost and effort spent writing and recording it. Also, Ramases and his gorgeous wife Sel truly bare their souls in spectacular form here.
From the album's wonderful orchestral/choral opening track (Golden Landing), through slow jazz/rock (Long Long Time, Mind Island), and "potential hits" (Now Mona Lisa, Sweet Reason), deeply strange spiritual songs (God Voice, Only The Loneliest Feeling), eco-friendliness (Stepping Stones), gorgeous reflections of Scott Walker (Saler Man, Children of the Green Earth), to the album's only real "rock" song (the title track - which superbly "lifts" the album in its later stage), and with a seemless crossfade to an almost tear-inducing reprise of the first track - there's plenty to enjoy and savour here. You'll just want to go straight back to track one and start all over again (and again and again!)
Space Hymns was famous mainly for its spectacular fold-out cover, and the inclusion of all four members of 10cc as the backing band, before they became famous themselves. The melodic and hippyish songs and chants were good but probably not everybody's cup of tea. Glass Top Coffin is, however, a more profoundly deep and satisfying affair - a complete tapestry of memorable songs and smart arrangements that's truly headed somewhere nice and fulfilling. There's still lots of cosmic and hippy sensibilities present in the lyrics, but that's a positive quality here because, like its predecessor, these sentiments are almost entirely free of irony, and also open to several interpretations. So although you'll doubtless be seduced by all the wonderful melodic music here, you may never quite "understand" the album's ultimate message. But you just "know" that it's good - very good.
I've listened to this deeply spiritual, emotionally fertile, and surprisingly brief 50-minute set time and again on country walks on a personal stereo, and it has totally cleaned out and lifted up my soul every single time. Although you can enjoy songs separately, I reckon more is gained by listening to the album right through. And, for myself at least, the world would now be a lesser place without this to listen to, whenever the need arises (which is often!) So, being able to obtain this on cd (which now sounds as fine as the best wine in the world without all the intrusive "Snap Crackle and Pops" of the original vinyl release), has more than made my day. I sincerely hope this beautiful album will do the same for you too!!
Enjoy, and sincere thanks to Esoteric for their success in getting it finally released on cd.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2010 06:59:37 GMT
wonderful, wonderful album !
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2010 14:29:01 GMT
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Douglas Thomson says:
If word is spread on this one it hopefully won't gather any more dust!!
Posted on 8 Jul 2010 01:17:52 BDT
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R. Pievaitis says:
thanks for giving me the impetus to actually go and buy this one,i have read good things about this album and its preceeding space hymns.
it seems to be right up my street.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Aug 2010 23:48:19 BDT
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Douglas Thomson says:
You're welcome - many more people might be interested in this album if they only knew of its existence!!
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 21:47:55 BDT
R. Pievaitis says:
hi douglas,again thanks for the "yes" info.will have a good listen to it and let you know how it goes down !
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2010 15:58:27 GMT
It is really nice to see others appreciating this album. I've loved it for years. I picked it up in a second-hand record shop for about £1.25p on vinyl around 1974/5 just because I liked the cover and it blew me away. I must say that I've never enjoyed the Space Hymns album as much as this one. I know some people think the opposite but to me this album is far more coherent overall and has the best songs. Space Hymns is great but this one is just classic!
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