ILM's 2005 collaborative mix project hoonja-doonja!

March 21, 2005

Ramases, "Journey to the Inside"

Ramases has a secret. Or rather, he uncovered a secret, the secret to the universe. One night he got ahold of some really good shit and figured it all out. It turned out that he was the reincarnation of the Egyptian god. Not only that, he'd been brought back to set all of us puny earthlings straight about one important thing -- the structure of molecules mimics the structure of solar systems. Far out! Wait, does ontology recapitulate phylogeny or is the other way around? I can never remember. Anyway, it was 1971 when Ramases recorded his first album Space Hymns for the infamous Vertigo label. It was a song cycle which presented his wonderfully bent vision and sported a Roger Dean cover that folded out, the whole nine yards. There are a few loony people out there -- possibly even crazier than Ramases himself -- who go to great lengths to collect all 89 of the records that Vertigo released between 1969 and 1973. Not that I would know anything about that. If you google 'vertigo' and 'spiral' together, you can get some sense of the insanity. Thank god most of the music on the label is actually pretty good!

The Ramases album was recorded "with the help" of the folks who would become 10cc -- Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman. Graham Gouldman is someone we all really can't thank enough. If he wouldn't have pissed off Eric Clapton so much by writing "For Your Love" for the Yardbirds, old EC probably never would have left the band. And then Jeff Beck would never have had a chance to leave and be replaced by Jimmy Page. And Pagey wouldn't have had to scrap together a makeshift band to complete those European tour obligations and we never would have had Led Zeppelin! Thank you Graham! On Space Hymns, Stewart and Creme are credited with Moog synthesizers, and boy do they ever unleash them on this, the album's final track.

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.

Bartender, I'll have what he's having! While conventional wisdom says that by 1971 the age of aquarius was over and the dream had died, the secret history proves that there was indeed a persistent multitude of outliers and freaks gobbling substances and dreaming of a better world and god bless them all. May their flag wave forever high.

-disc 3 ends here-

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