Ramases – Space Hymns
I’ve been toying with the idea of posting something about Ramases for awhile now, but I recently read about him on wikipedia and discovered the rather bizarre story behind the man. So I thought it was time to share that story and an excellent track from his 1971 album, “Space Hymns” . Read on –
“Ramases was the creation and alter-ego of Martin Raphael, born in Sheffield, UK. Formerly an army PT instructor, whilst involved in a central heating business in Scotland, was inspired to assume the mantle of the Egyptian Pharaoh of whom he believed himself a reincarnation, and take up a musical career. Early singles (recorded with his wife) failed to make any impact, Space Hymns was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport with soon-to-be members of 10cc.
Glass Top Coffin (his second album) was recorded following relocation to Felixstowe, and Ramases retired from the music business soon afterwards. He committed suicide during the early 1990s.”