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Hanover, Germany based RAMSES were formed in 1972 as RAMSES II. The next year was spent touring and performing original pieces and cover versions. This was also a period of several personnel changes. Their big break occurred in 1975 when they signed with the fledgeling Sky RECORDS and shortened their name to RAMSES.


They recorded their first and most acclaimed album "LA LEYLA" in barely a week in Conny Plank's studio. It measured up to the contemporary works of ELOY, JANE and NOVALIS among others. Apart from the title track and "Someone Like You", the album included the anti Vietnam war piece "War", which was deemed too controversial in the US and replaced with "Noise" there, using the same melody and arrangement.


In 1978 they followed with another fine album "Eternity Rise", which was also well received and promoted through touring, a highlight being the 11 minute title cut with martial drums. Then lead singer Herbert Natho quit for health reasons and the group undertook a lengthy search for a replacement. After a period of transition they settled on Matthew Moeller, who actually had a more mainstream voice as the group positioned itself more commercially for 1981's "Light Fantastic", recorded at ELOY's "Horus Sound" studio.


Like many 1970s prog bands, RAMSES was unable to maintain momentum into the 1980s, and have only released one album since 1981, that being "Control Me" in 2000, which has never been easy to find. According to their website, another studio recording is planned, but it is unclear for how long that has been the case.

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3.80 | 40 ratings
La Leyla
1976
3.15 | 23 ratings
Eternity Rise
1978
2.14 | 13 ratings
Light Fantastic
1981
2.33 | 6 ratings
Control Me
2000

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4.02 | 18 ratings
La Leyla / Eternity Rise
1993

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 La Leyla by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.80 | 40 ratings

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La Leyla
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Hannover-based Kraut Rock band, originally named Ramses II and found in 1972 by Hans-Jürgen Lammers (drums), Peter Klages (guitar), Bernd Probst (keyboards), Hans-Dieter Klinkhammer (bass) and Herbert Natho (vocals).The early years were characterized by several line-up changes, relulting to style's inconsistency, until brothers Norbert Langhorst (guitars) and Winfried Langhorst (keyboards, vocals) entered the picture in 1973.They were followed the next year by drummer Reinhard Schröter, who replaced former member Claus Arve.Along with Arve gone was also founding guitarist Peter Klages.Ramses were discovered by Günter Körber of the legendary Brain label, who signed the group to his independent label Sky.The debut of the band ''La Leyla'' was recorded at Conny Plank's Tonstudio in September/October 1975, produced by Jane's Klaus Hess and finally released in 1976.

Ramses re-invented the ELOY sound of the 1973-75 period, creating a grandiose, heavy-sounding and attacking Heavy/Kraut Rock mixed with some delicate symphonic textures with loads of keyboard workouts.Their style, while very far from being original, was remendously atmospheric and emphatic, characterized by strong and powerful grooves of a hypnotic approach full of organs and deep bass lines, along with ELOY's spacey textures with soaring synthesizers, laid-back guitars and mellow singing lines, while a pair of pieces are highlighted by the use of Mellotron flutes.The decent length of the tracks allowed the band to mix these styles with intelligence, but their music contained also lots of Symphonic Rock vibes, a bit like CAMEL's melodic material, although much more energetic.All tracks contain plenty of breaks and shifting moods, ranging from heavy organ/guitar passages to smooth and dreamy interludes of an instrumental variety.A couple of tracks even contain British-styled proggy influences, especially on the more harmonic moments, akin to CRESSIDA or FANTASY.

Very good debut indeed and definitely a must-have for all die-hard of the classic ELOY sound.Powerful, groovy but also demanding Progressive/Kraut Rock of great quality.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 La Leyla by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.80 | 40 ratings

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La Leyla
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by Menswear
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3 stars Par.

After being a famous King of Egypt, an international preservative company, Ramses is also an obscure progressive band that is not ashamed of ripping off Nursery Cryme, Journey to the Center of the Eye and Moonmadness. Have your attorney ready!

The main problem is not the music: it goes from okay to good. Good flutes, very good Nektar guitar and Hackett solos, good variety of vintage synths.

The main problem is the lyrics. What?!? You heard me, I don't know who wrote this prose, but it's not higher than redneck poetry. Priceless lines like: 'You're much too young for me, babe...', 'Walking in a garden with only plastic dreams...', 'Don't listen to the devil inside, and you'll do what's right...be good and people will be good to you..'. You just can't find this stuff anymore.

Apart from the large amount of laughter the lyrics can cause, it's still average music and could please the collector.

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 La Leyla by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1976
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La Leyla
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by ozzy_tom
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5 stars It's really strange that this band isn't as famous as other giants of 70' progressive rock. I suppose their biggest problem was lack of "momentum". In 1976 progressive rock music started to significantly lose it's popularity in favor of punk rock, disco and other horrible creatures of late 70' music scene... If "Ramses" started his career few years earlier, now they would be equally famous as other German prog bands like Eloy or Jane and maybe even as popular as Yes or Genesis...who knows?

Anyway let's start the review of their debut - and IMHO - their best record ever. Lots of people unjustified compare them to early British art rock bands which based their music solely on Hammond organ sound. As far as I really love this early 70' British staff, I have to assure you that "Ramses" doesn't sound like them at all. Their music is much different, they offer richer sound with very good analog synths/mellotron arrangements and very important guitar presence (very similar to Frank Bornemann from "Eloy", lots of atmospheric leads and solos without even small sign of show-off).

1."Devil Inside" - very good opener. Very beautiful melodies played by guitarist in a bit sleepy mood are swimming in interesting synthesizer flights and soft mellotron waves. The vocal parts are also very good and atmospheric. No signs of typical "German" accent. I'd never guess that it's German band at all!

2."La Leyla" - this song begin with fantastic, 3 minutes guitar soloing (sounds like 2 electric guitars in the same time) based on rich keyboards (organ & Solina string ensemble) background. In fact keyboards aren't so much "background" in this fragment, it's more like crazy race or even battle between two instrumentalists! Splendid beginning. After 3 minutes music slows down, some flute tunes are presented (mellotron?) and Herbert Natho starts to sing in a very "moody", somehow "romantic" way with slightly falsetto choir in the background. In the second part of this composition Winfried Langhorst shows as also very good, melancholic Hammond organ solo.

3."Garden" - without any long intros (like in previous songs) "Garden" begin straight-to-the- point from Natho's vocal lines. This melancholic mid-tempo ballad which tell as a story about somebody's dream is really good and "catchy" (in a good sense of this word of course!). Your head will surely wave along with Langhorst's melodic synths. In the middle of the song another soft organ solo.

4."War" - the fastest, most dynamic composition with epic feeling (but in fact only 6:30 minutes long). Really memorable organ-guitar riff in the beginning doesn't leave any doubts that it will be very special moment of this album. I like the parts when music almost completely stops and vocalist sing his anti-war (but not in this he hippy-preaching style which I can't stand at all...) lyrics with only bass and drums sleepy background, than suddenly music starts again with all of its power. Refrain "War, everywhere, everywhere look around me" sing on the crunching Hammond's and guitar's riff can really make good impression on every rock lover. I also adore middle part of guitar/organ staccato (bridge? solos?) with very loud noises of exploding bombs and gun shots. Goose bumps!

5."Someone Like You" - the longest song of this record starts from very atmospheric synths and flute sounds which remind me mid 70' Eloy's music. Then electric guitar enters and together with organ waves leads very pretty, melancholic, yet a bit depressing song about somebody who's "too old" for love ("Better Leave me alone You're much too young for someone like me"). Sounds melodramatic and corny? Not when it's played by Ramses! I really dig this mostly slow-tempo track with it's sad lyrics, melancholic voice and almost crying "aaaaa" choir (a bit in the vain of Uriah Heep. And it's the only moment I can think about UH when I listen to this band. Really). As always middle part with beautiful synthesized string, mellotron sampled flute and atmospheric guitar is great.

6."American Dream" - this one seems to be the weakest track. However it also has it's moment. Pretty organ intro and outro, some Solina strings waves sounds good as always. The only problem is that vocal part isn't so interesting as in the previous tracks and it can sometimes drag a little.

To summarize I can say it's a real classic and probably the best German prog-rock album from the second part of seventies. I recommend it especially to symphonic rock lovers who listen to Yes and Genesis but aren't afraid of well arranged but not so long songs. For young progheads which grew on technical prog-metal this album maybe has to slow & melancholic pace to interested, them but I hope they will also find this record intriguing. Full blown, highly melodic symphonic prog rock full of good guitar and vintage keyboards sounds! It can deserves only 5 starts. Not less.

P.S. Their next album "Eternity Rise" is also very good and worth checking. Only melodies aren't so infectious this time.

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 Eternity Rise  by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.15 | 23 ratings

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Eternity Rise
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars "Eternity Rise" marks a slight improvement in Ramses' songwriting and arranging. The melodies are still strong, but a little less rudimentary than on "La Leyla", and a greater emphasis is placed on other keyboards, including mellotron and/or string synth.

This change is felt from the very opener "City Life". Although the theme ie relatively simple, the message is effectively executed in keeping with the back to the land philosophy of 1970 (you will recall that Ramses tended to latch on to fads after the fact). Other strong tracks are "Time", with an excellent beginning; "Windy", which shows the group embracing a more acoustic backing for the moment; and of course the 10+ minutes title cut featuring most of what makes Ramses interesting, and a superb finale including martial drums and, of course, great organ sounds.

While this sophomore effort shows a rise in quality, we're just dealing with a marginally superior 3 star effort, and certainly not an album to take beyond the grave.

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 La Leyla by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.80 | 40 ratings

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Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars Ramses debut album borrows a great deal from classic early 70s groups like IRON BUTTERFLY, DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP in their liberal use of organ and hard rock and bluesy stylings, but this is tempered with a German symphonic influence a la ELOY, so the result is pretty high on the listenability index, even if the lyrics are generally low on the poetic index.

Because this sounds older than it is, I am not surprised to hear anti-war sentiments in "War". But the song simply lacks an original approach and its "hook" is unconvincing. The best tracks here are the longest ones, the title cut and "Someone Like You" for their more developed song structure and room for stetching on guitar as well as keys. An additional plus is that the English vocals are very competent, but the audibility of the lyrics was perhaps ill conceived given their rudimentary nature. But even musically, little on this album has much "wow" factor, as well played as it generally is.

If you enjoy organ dominated small p progressive rock, this one is worth picking up. Just be prepared for its decidedly retro sound, even for 1976.

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 La Leyla / Eternity Rise by RAMSES album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1993
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La Leyla / Eternity Rise
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by danzx

5 stars Everyone has one of those special albums. La Leyla that album for me. I picked it up in a cut out bin in the early eighties. At that time the only Progressive Rock I was listening to was Rush, Styx, Kansas and Saga.

Heavy keys through out. Clean melodic guitar leads that weave in and out of the powerful background the keys lay. Mostly organ and moog. There is alot of mellotron sounding chorus also, but I am not sure if it is mellotron.

The album was produced by the late Conny Plank who handled a majority of German Prog in the seventies. It was co-produced by Klaus Hess of the band Jane. There are alot of simalarites between Jane and Ramses thought Ramses uses a much larger arsenal of keys, and are far more dynamic.

I highly recommend this album to those who prefer thick, rich progressive rock that leans slightly to the dark ie, minor keys. The lyrics are a bit silly, but the music is not.

While La Leyla seems to be a bit of a darker affair where you can hear alot of the Hess/Jane influences, Eternity Rise which came two years later is a little more varied. The acoustic guitars show up and the moogs are a little more prominent.

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 Light Fantastic by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.14 | 13 ratings

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Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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1 stars This is an extremely embarassing album. I have liked Ramses very much at the time of release of their best album "La Leyla" in '75. Thier second effort was still a good album. But this one ! What a desillusion !

The great symphonic songs are not from this Ramses any longer. Of course, times have changed : punk and new wave have devastated Europe and bands like Ramses had little choice but change, I guess. But falling this low is pretty sad. This album sounds as a poor ELO one (you know like any of their eighties album). Disco-ish, insipid rhythm for most of the "songs".

Only very few of them will escape from this nighmare. It is hard to say that a song like "Force Of Habit" is probably one of the few audible song of this album. I guess that it would not even be included as bonus tracks on their previous two albums. There is very little to say about this release (and actually, very few people made comments about this album). Two minutes of it are brilliant : the intro of "Across The Everglades" which is the last song featured on the original album.

There will be a bonus track on the CD release (1994). "Noise" is the name of the track. I should say the new name. Because it is a remix of "War" one of the songs from "La Leyla". The original one was a protest song against the war in Vietnam. This remix, will be available on the US release of "Light Fantastic". I guess that to be polically correct, they re-wrote the lyrics of this good original song. Shame on you Ramses.

This is a very bad album. Poor stuff, unfortunately. There is no hesitation : if you want to listen to a very good album, have a try on their debut one. To prolong the experience, you can investigate "Eternity Rise" but do not go further. This is absolutely no prog. What is this actually ?

One star.

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3.15 | 23 ratings

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Eternity Rise
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Two years have passed between the first Ramses release and this album. But in between an earthquake invaded Europe. So, in those days I was not really in the mood for Ramses and it is only recently (four years ago or so) that I discovered their second album. Their first one was a good damned album I have to say, so I was rather curious to discover this one.

The opener can not really satisfied me. Very simple and straight-forward composition, very much in the BJH style; but since this band is huge in Germany maybe Ramses wanted to capitalize on their fame and produce some music a la BJH. This song will be their first single bw "Windy" which is a mellow rock ballad (again very much inspired by BJH). It is the poorest (but the only one) Ramses song so far.

Fortunately, "Only Yesterday" will bring us back to a more symphonic and classic Ramses. Even a bit pompous at times (yes like ELP). The song is fully in line with the best numbers of their debut album and one of the highlights from "Eternity Rise".

"Time" is somewhat darker and harder at start. Like "War" if you have heard "La Leyla" (which I strongly recommend). But the most subtle passage of this album will be featured just after this; so it is quite a strange (but beautiful) song. A fantastic and rageous guitar break will illuminate the second part of it.

"Agitation Play" sounds pretty much like "Devil Inside" from their first album. Fully ELP-ish during the intro; very powerful (even wild) keys as well as guitar. A strong and pleasant number even if it does not sound very original.

The title track features extremely nice parts of music but some weak vocals as well (fortunately there won't be too many). All in all it is a superb symphonic song and a great way to close this good album.

This album is not as good as their first one. Not as personal (BJH and ELP influence in four compositions). Still the album is pleasant to listen to and if you like the typical symphonic prog of the midle seventies, you won't be deceived. Three stars.

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La Leyla
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by ZowieZiggy
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4 stars This is another one of my old vinyl collection.

At the time of release, I was rather eager to discover what was called in Belgium (and maybe in other countries as well) "Eurock". In those remote days, there was a fanzine in Belgium called "More" co-founded by Piero (one of the best-known rock critics over here). I remember that they once published an overview of the Eurock production and that's how I discovered a review of this album. And there I go on my way to Metrophone (the best record store in Brussels - Belgium? -at that time to find special releases at a discount price).

I have listened to this album an awful lot of times. It features extremely melodic songs with lush keyboards and aerial vocals. Fully symphonic even is a song like "Devil Inside" sounds more aggressive.

The next two songs of this album are my favourites ones. They are such a great condensed version of the music I like (well part of the music I like, actually). Sweet and peaceful vocals (almost good ones, which is to be mentioned for a mid-seventies German band), strong keys domination and a performant bass and drum play plus a very special guitar sound. Extremely personal. Actually I have never heard such a sound so far.

The first side of this album is really great. The second one will be a bit weaker but really it would have been difficult to do better. But don't expect complex and excentric music of course.

Ramses just displays simple structured music although "War" sounds like a protest song (mostly against the Vietnam war). It sounds much harder as well. Heavy keys a la Hensley (Uriah Heep FYI). Some synthetic "war" sounds (a la Butterfield Blues Band " during "Love March" at Woodstock) are featured during a savage instrumental break. The end of the song is fully optimistic since the war has turned into peace. Maybe a bit childish, unfortunately.

"Someone Like You" is probably one of the most symphonic of the whole. A spacey intro and a sublime guitar play when the song really starts. Some might find this a bit too much melancholic but I just love it. There is of course a good dosis of nostalgia in my words. But that's the way it is.

The closing number is more rocking. It reminds me furiously "The Knife" during the first part. Keys, drumming : very similar. This album is such a great trip back to the mid seventies (my youth) ! Still, it does not sound too old fashioned (well, maybe just a bit to be honest). I has been re-released in the form of a double CD in one package that includes Ramses's second album as well. I can only recommend it to you if you like gorgeous symphonic music. This album was sold at 20,000 copies.

I have not the faintest idea why this band falls under "Art Rock". Another PA mystery I guess.

Four stars.

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 Light Fantastic by RAMSES album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.14 | 13 ratings

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Light Fantastic
Ramses Crossover Prog

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars Like many 70s symphonic prog groups, German or otherwise, Ramses faced challenges in the 80s. They felt they had to streamline their sound, or else oblivion would be their fate. Sadly, even this process rarely succeeded, perhaps because the prog ghosts are everywhere on such recordings, and few fans or programmers had the taste for it anymore.

While the lengthy epics with major instrumental workouts are all but gone, and the poppiness is often simultaneously underwhelming and overbearing, ultimately "Light Fantastic" is a worthwhile listen if you enjoy early 80s neo prog and dumbed down 70s stylings. Like Eloy, Ramses took the Alan Parsons project approach as they entered the decade, and songs like "Force of Habit" and "Earth in the Dark" are convincing tunes with strong vocals, melodies and excellent arranging and playing. They also threw in a bit of Fleetwood Mac in "Transport of Joy". Sometimes the choruses show a lack of imagination, as in the otherwise engaging title track , but only the opener "Sorry ma" is completely dispensable.

"Light Fantastic" sports barely the vestige of "La Leyla" or "Eternity Ride", and is not an original work at all, but then even Ramses' early recordings were highly derivative of what was going on at the time, or several years before, so taken in the context of its time, this is a good, not great album that deserved more notice.

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