My name is Brian Currin and I live in 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 for finding her).
The album ‘Space Hymns‘ (released in 1971) is a cult classic in South Africa and is also apparently very popular in Germany. It also just happens to be one of my all-time favourite albums.
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 hard-cover book for many years. On discovering the Internet 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 she [Sel] says… she’s laughing and saying that many “changes” are quite beautiful but not really accurate.
— Peter Stormare, June 2001