Ramases, born Kimberley Barrington Frost (1 January 1934 to 2 December 1976), was a British psychedelic musician who released two cult albums in the early 1970s.— Wikipedia
My name is Brian Currin and I live near Cape Town, South Africa. I used to think I was the only one (Joe), who still remembered Ramases, but since I set up the original Ramases fan website in October 1997, I have had a great response from fans all over the world including Sel herself! (thanks to Peter Stormare from Stormvox, for finding her).
Glass Top Coffin
‘Glass Top Coffin‘ has been extremely hard to find on vinyl, and was eventually released on CD in 2010. I had the original album which I bought as an import in 1975 from the Cat Ballou music store in Boksburg, South Africa
Both albums are brilliant slices of Progressive Rock; from acoustic love songs and gentle saxophones to sitars and rock guitars, these albums explore the themes of alienation, loneliness and searching with a particular “other-world” feel. All members of the then newly-formed 10cc played on ‘Space Hymns’.
Roger Dean, famous for his album covers for Yes, Uriah Heep, Asia, Budgie and others, painted the fold-out cover picture for the ‘Space Hymns’ album.
On these pages you will find almost all there is to know about Ramases and his music. Unfortunately I have no info about any live performances. As a teenager in the ’70s, I transcribed the lyrics and had them written in a hardcover book for many years. On discovering the Internet (in 1997), I decided to put them up for any other fans that this obscure and under-appreciated artist may have.
A lot of the lyrics are wrong Sel says… she’s laughing and saying that many “changes” are quite beautiful but not really accurate.— Peter Stormare, June 2001
I first discovered the amazing music of Ramases at age 14 in the South African mining town of Boksburg. A friend’s older brother had Space Hymns and I fell in love with the other-worldly songs and sounds. I was, and still am, a science fiction fan, and had a Christian upbringing, so this album has huge appeal to me on many levels.
I had Space Hymns on a pre-recorded cassette (now long gone), and I bought Glass Top Coffin on import in 1975 from the Cat Ballou music store in Boksburg. I still have this album with its cut-out cover.
I transcribed the lyrics for both albums during the ’70s and had them hand-written in a hardcover book for many years. On discovering the Internet in 1997 I decided to put them up for any other fans and the fledgling SpaceHymns.com website was born.— Brian Currin, May 2012, from The Complete Discography 6CD Set