Recorded at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, England
All songs composed by Ramases except ‘And The Whole World’ and ‘You’re The Only One’ by his wife Sel and ‘Jesus’ by Ramases and Sel
Cover painting by Roger Dean
First set of timings is from the 1990 CD, the second from the original album. Timings for 2004 bonus tracks supplied by Bobby Truscott, January 2005.
- Life Child [6:39/6:25]
- Hello Mister [3:01/3:10] sometimes listed as Oh Mister
- And The Whole World [3:48/3:44]
- Quasar One [6:45/6:40]
- You’re The Only One [2:20/2:25]
- Earth People [5:28/4:45]
- Molecular Delusions [4:02/4:05]
- Balloon [4:31/4:28]
- Dying Swan Year 2000 [0:46/0:42]
- Jesus Come Back [4:01/5:03]
- Journey To The Inside [6:06/6:21]
Bonus tracks on 2004 re-issue (all in mono):
- Balloon (Alternative Mix, 1971 UK Single A side) [4.29] listed as ‘Ballon’ on CD cover
- Muddy Water (1971 UK Single B side) [3.47]
- Jesus Come Back (1972 UK Single A side) [4.02]
- Hello Mister (1972 UK Single B Side) [3.02]
- Eric Stewart – Lead guitar and moog synthesizer
- Lol Creme – Lead guitar and moog synthesizer
- Kevin Godley – Drums & flutes
- Graham Gouldman – Guitar & bass guitar
- Martin Raphael – Sitar
- Ramases and his wife Sel sing all songs.
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’ visit to speak to God on the mountain and what he saw there.
catalogue: 9199 134
year: 1990 (CD)
catalogue: RR 4108-WP
year: 2001 (CD)
label: Progressive Line
catalogue: PL 522
includes 6 bonus tracks taken from Glass Top Coffin
year: 2004 (CD)
catalogue: REPUK 1030
includes 4 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).
See also The Many Faces Of Space Hymns
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.
The album is a cardboard gatefold cover with a poster of the original inner cover as a separate fold out.
— Bobby Truscott, 4th January 2005
Strawberry Studios: It [Strawberry Studios] even attracted a self-confessed reincarnated Egyptian god called Ramases (really a central heating salesman from Sheffield) who came to Stockport with his wife, Sel, and, with Stewart, Godley, Creme and Gouldman [who formed 10cc in 1972], put together a rather strange album!
— Strawberry Studios website
Hippie commune: Early Vertigo band, a male/female duo making the sort of music you’d expect to hear on a hippie commune. “You’re The Only One Joe” is one of those songs which sticks in your head for all of eternity. Members of 10cc played on Space Hymns, the one I heard, which is housed in an impressive poster cover. Novel, but definitely not essential.
— Mike Ohman, The Progressive Rock Website
Ramases: ‘Space Hymns’, including great fold-out cover, studiowork by Godley & Creme; apparently expounds religious visions of infinite regress of microscopic universes.
— SF-references-in-music List
Inside cover of CD re-issue
Inside cover of LP
Original Roger Dean painting, taken from Roger Dean‘s book “Views”
(Dragon's Dream, 1975)
Original fold-out album cover
German LP, swirl (Side B)
Himnos del espacio My name is Toño, and I live in Spain. I have this album from the year 1972 that started in Spain, the purchase of the album it was a chance, but well it was the cover the one that decided me to buy it. But to the first one he/she listens I realized that he/she had made a great purchase.
— José Antonio García, July 2001
Front cover for ‘Himnos del espacio’,
supplied by Toño, July 2001
Back cover for ‘Himnos del espacio’,
supplied by Toño, July 2001
Australian CD: I bought a newly released Ramases “Space Hymns” CD on eBay – it has six bonus tracks from “Glass Top Coffin” which are tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 and 11. CD is on Progressive Line a division of Dole Music – Made in Australia P 1971/75 C 2001
— Mike Sonnabend, 31 January 2002
Back cover for ‘Space Hymns’ Australian CD re-issue,
supplied by Mike Sonnabend, February 2002
God Voice: Just for correctness reasons, note that track 14 of the Australian ‘Space Hymns’ CD is erroneously referred to as ‘Only The Loneliest Feeling’ on the CD cover, while in fact the track included in the CD is ‘God Voice’!
— Michael Patronis, Greece, 4th October 2002