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What Are You Listening To?
(12-08-2017, 15:02)Ruby Wrote: RAMASES – Space Hymns

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One those freebies. Unfortunately, my copy has a regular envelope cover and not the six panel foldout which would have been nice, since it’s a rather magnificent example of Roger Dean’s artwork – the steeple of a church blasting off like a rocket. But I am not complaining!
 
Once upon a time there lived a man named Kimberley Barrington Frost who believed himself to be a reincarnation of the great Pharaoh, Rameses, tasked with bringing a message to mankind through music. Not entirely sure why he changed the spelling of the name for himself – received wisdom, I guess! He made two albums – this one, in 1971, and Glass Top Coffin, in 1975. Space Hymns lists among its personnel all the members of the soon to be 10cc plus Martin Raphael who played the sitar, and Ramases’s wife, now named Selket (as opposed to Dorothy), who also sings and co-wrote some of the songs. As far as I can tell, she is still with us.
 
This is what it says on the back of the cover:
 
“This album is dedicated to the earth people who are unusual because they have begun to pause, look back, and wonder where they have come from and why, and where they are going to!
The earth is a living thing just as we are and has a soul as we do.
You look at the heavens through a telescope. Reverse the telescope and you have a microscope through which (if powerful enough), you would see almost the same sight. (Electrons in orbit around their stars.) “In my father’s house there are many mansions” (The Bible)
We are most probably existing on a molecule inside the material of, perhaps, a living thing in the next size up.
The rocket ship shape of churches probably dates back to Moses’s visit to speak to God on the mountain and what he saw there.”
 
Psychedelic rock of the prog persuasion - the music is (in parts) as compelling and mysterious as the (possibly quite confused) character behind its creation whose life and death appear to be shrouded in misinformation and/or a complete dearth thereof. Unsurprisingly, there is talk of mental illness.  Anyway …

The first track from Side 2 – “Earth People” … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj1ijRZvPX4

And the lead track – “Life Child” 




Somehow, Dorothy just does not sound like a 'rock star' now does it? LOL..... Listened to Glass Top Coffin quite a bit in my youth trying to figure it out. I never did. A strange outfit indeed.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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Jethro Tull - A Little Light Music. Not bad, but not brilliant either.
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Camel - The Paris Collection - a live album recorded at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. Some great variations on some of their tracks. I like it - a lot. The liner notes describe the tour in detail. How they managed to get through the tour with all the ups and downs, personnel changes, technical difficulties and medical problems is beyond me. A determined man, Mr Latimer. And kudos to Susan Hoover for refusing to cancel the tour even when she ended up in hospital herself. A Herculean effort by the band.

The solo during the middle/end of this track just gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Incredible performance. https://youtu.be/CeH94cBrA64
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^Another one to look out for!

KEATS – Keats

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Yet another of those vinyls. A project put together, or encouraged by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons (who produced). The membership was drawn from the core of the Alan Parsons Project and affiliates, the idea being to allow these musicians to shine on their own, outside of the APP. According to Ian Bairnson, Woolfson was the driving force behind assembling the membership and he also says that while the line-up looked great on paper, and in theory should have worked brilliantly, it was a rather clinical ‘pairing’, and ultimately, there was just no zing. The band name is nothing to do with the romantic poet and everything to do with Woolfson’s favourite restaurant at the time! Bairnson said they were lucky the flavour of the month wasn’t Fat Bob’s Café, or the Bombay Curry Den! Lol! James Marsh (of Talk Talk artwork renown) is responsible for the rather strange cover which I simply cannot fathom – perhaps that is the point. They folded after this one album.

Personnel:

Ian Bairnson – lead guitarist (Pilot, APP, and a lot more session work)
Colin Blunstone – vocalist (the Zombies, APP, solo and more)
David Paton – bass guitarist (Pilot, APP, Camel)
Peter Bardens – keyboards/synths (Them, Camel)
Stuart Elliot – drummer (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel)
Plus – not credited as a member, but playing a substantial role – Richard Cottle – keys and synths.

I have listened to this before - it’s quite a bit more commercial sounding than the early APP albums and probably a shining example of the AOR/melodic rock of that era. Some catchy melodies, well executed, of course, but hmmmm – a bit bland and lacking in emotion.

Coupla picks …
 
“Tragedy” (primarily for the Spanish guitar solo) … written by Blunstone and Elliot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQccxLTIqGY
 
“Walking on Ice”, written and sung by David Paton … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_grjpdLaSU
 
The single “Turn Your Heart Around”, written by Pete Bardens … 



"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson




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The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour. Great listening to this again after so many years.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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ive never heard of Keats...
listened to the linked track, its not bad for a first up listen Ruby, thanks.
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Me neither - don't know where Ruby finds all this stuff but I am sure glad she does because I have bought a number of albums she has recommended/discussed so far.
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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Ruby is predictably unpredictable!
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Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
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The album that opened a new door in my head that I did not even know was there. Their follow up, Wish You Were Here was the one that sent me into deep orbit and then in 1976/77 came Oxygene and I was in a very different place altogether.
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