Ramases and Sel


Space HymnsGlass Top Coffin

Brian Currin

Ramases and Sel...from Record Collector magazine September 1999 - scan supplied by Adrian.

This website has moved to http://SpaceHymns.com

Everything here (plus more) can be found there.


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 this 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).

Space Hymns
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. (See my Top 50 favourites list here...). I used to have it on a pre-recorded cassette which is long gone, but I do have the 1990 CD re-issue.

Glass Top Coffin
'Glass Top Coffin' is very hard to find on vinyl, and has yet to be released on CD... if ever! Some tracks were released as bonus tracks on an Australian re-issue of 'Space Hymns' in 2001. I have 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
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. For more info please visit my South African Roger Dean Fansite.

Crazy One - scan supplied by David Tibet, February 2003

On these pages you will find 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. The lyrics, as transcribed by myself, are here...

A lot of the lyrics are wrong she [Sel] says... she's laughing and saying thatmany "changes" are quite beautiful but not really accurate.
-- Peter Stormare, June 2001

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