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3.36 | 26 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1987

Songs / Tracks Listing

MC track list
1. Shamen's Descent (7:18)
2. A City With Two Tales (10:25)
3. The Black River (6:22)
4. Familiar Winds (6:30)
5. Technology And Industry (5:00)
6. A Quiet Place (10:45)
7. The Ritual Continues (8:30)
8. Fractured (4:40)

Total time 59:30

LP / CD track list
1. Shamen's Descent (7:17)
2. Tangerine Rabbit Jam (Live *) (4:07)
3. Familiar Winds (6:29)
4. The Black River (6:42)
5. Technology And Industry (5:00)
6. The Ritual Continues (8:34)
7. Fractured (4:42)
8. Night Scenes (Live *) (5:37)

* Recorded at Avery Auditorium, Pitzer College, in Claremont, California, February 1987

Total time 48:28

Bonus track on 1993 remaster:
9. Revisiting A Nice Place: Falling Down (1993) (16:56)

Line-up / Musicians

- Gayle Ellett / guitar, guitar synth, percussion
- Mike Henderson / 6- & 12-string electric guitars, percussion, drums (2,8)
- John Glass / electric guitar (2,8)
- Henry Osborne / bass, percussion
- Chuck Oken Jr / drums, keyboards, tapes, percussion, acoustic 12-string guitar & vocals (2,8), co-producer
- Andy Frankel / drums & vibes (2,8), African percussion (7)

Note: The instrumentation is for the LP/CD track list

Releases information

Live 8-track analog recording - no overdubs

Artwork: Randy Baker (photo) with Gayle Ellett (concept)

MC HC Productions ‎- HC003 (1987, US) Tracks 2 & 6 were omited on future releases

LP Faunus ‎- 549.042 (1989, Brazil) Remixed and remastered with 2 new Live tracks (# 2 & 8) by Happy Cancer in 1987 taken from "Kafka's Breakfast"; different running order and new cover art

CD HC Productions ‎- HC007 (1993, US) Remastered by Rob DeChaine and Chuck Oken Jr, with a bonus track and new cover art

Thanks to ProgLucky for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
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DJAM KARET The Ritual Continues ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (31%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (19%)

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Review by Greger
4 stars "The Ritual Continues" contains the oldest songs available by DJAM KARET. Seven of the tracks are from live shows performed in February 1987 and two of the tracks are recorded in January 1982 under the band name HAPPY CANCER. Besides some voices here and there, the album is all-instrumental. The album became "#4 Album Of 1988" in Electronic Musician magazine. Strangely enough I wouldn't call it an electronic album. There are Ambient influences and reminiscences to TANGERINE DREAM on it, but there's also the typical DJAM KARET progressive guitar rock blended with reminiscences to KiING CRIMSON and PINK FLOYD. The highlight is "Technology and Industry" where some of the KING CRIMSON similarities are shown. This is an interesting release all-in-all, although it isn't one of DJAM KARET's best albums.
Review by progmonster
3 stars "Good, but non-essential". That's what defines best Djam Karet's music. They're gifted, they sure can play and jam, but there is definitely nothing new emerging from their evergrowing catalogue. Their first one is their best. With addition of early Happy Cancer's old material, "The Ritual Continues" multiplies its perspective and shows the path that the band will endlessely explore from one album to another. ECM alike ambient kind of exposition ("Revisiting A Nice Place: Falling Down 1993") next to overtly King Crismon influenced tracks ("Technology And Industry"), Djam Karet sounds instantly Djam Karet when they mix both on such prime songs as "Shamen's Descent", "Familiar Winds", "The Black River" or the title track. Honestly, if you can get this one, you'll find quickly that all of their other releases are unecessary.

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