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    Main » 2015 » May » 4 » Ramases ~ 1975 ~ Glass Top Coffin
    Ramases ~ 1975 ~ Glass Top Coffin
    Ramases ~ 1975 ~ Glass Top Coffingenre: sympho prog folk
    state: uk
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    Forgotten Sons:
    The failure of Space Hymns and the elapse of three years before the release of Glass Top Coffin seem to have taken their toll on Ramases' musicianship. Gone are the obvious religious overtones within the music as well as the tantric chants that characterized the debut album. Instead the music presented is totally unreflective and has practically no musical link at all with Space Hymns.
    In fact one feels that over this period, which was an especially long period in musical terms during the seventies when groups would churn out even two albums a year, that Ramases has matured musically. The overall layout of this album involves a rich orchestral sound coupled with straight forward ear-friendly tracks, almost sounding like a musical at times, yet on the whole a pleasant album to listen to.
    Musically, Glass Top Coffin is by far superior to Space Hymns, however, this album like its predecessor has sunk without a trace. In actual fact it makes a very relaxing listen as the orchestration as well as the vocal parts is superb. Monotony and repetitiveness is almost non-existent on this album (unlike Space hymns) while the religious undertones, when present, are almost negligible.
    Unfortunately history would dictate that this album would flounder to the extent that it has not even been made available on CD as yet, which is a pity. From a progressive rock point of view, this would be of no great loss as Space Hymns should be the one to appeal to the progressive rock fan. Having said that Glass Top Coffin does have its moment and the combination of rock and orchestra is brought out to full effect here and it is of particular interest to see how a musician could have progressed from two widely different bodies of music in such a short time span. ~ Nigel Camilleri

    01. Golden Landing  6:07
    02. Long, Long Time 5:14
    03. Now Mona Lisa 2:56
    04. God Voice 3:18
    05. Mind Island 4:42
    06. Only The Loneliest Feeling 2:56
    07. Sweet Reason 5:45
    08. Stepping Stones 4:29
    09. Saler Man 5:03
    10. Children Of The Green Earth 3:29
    11. Glass Top Coffin 3:59
    12. Golden Landing (Part II) 2:22

    Ramases and Sel / lead vocals & acoustic guitars 
    Jo Romero / acoustic & electric guitars, tablas 
    Pete Kingsman / electric & string bass 
    Roger Harrison / drums and tuned percussion 
    Barry Kirsch / piano, synthesizer 
    Colin Thurston / bass (2) 
    Kay (Garner), Sue (Glover) & Sunny (Leslie) (The Eddie Lester Chorale) / backing vocals (Sue and Sunny were from the Brotherhood Of Man) 
    Bon Bertles (of Nucleus) / saxophone 
    Members of the Royal Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras / orchestra 
    Rob Young / orchestral arrangements

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