GIANT SAND – ” Ramp ” Record Store Day 2020

Posted: June 7, 2020 in MUSIC
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This Deluxe remastered edition of Giant Sand’s excellent 1991 record boasts a second disc featuring the Mad Dog studio sessions prior to the album’s release.
“Ramp” was the second of three stellar albums released by Giant Sand at the beginning of the ’90s. It was preceded by Swere and followed by “Center Of The Universe”. Excellent material and sympathetic, energetic playing unify the trio.
Leader Howe Gelb’s songs can be anthemic (“Romance of Falling”), or can quietly celebrate small and delicate moments (“Wonder”). Guest Victoria Williams’ harmony vocals on the former make for a bracing mix. Band friend Pappy Allen sings “Welcome to My World,” giving an impassioned commitment to every phrase that is mirrored in the band’s supple support. Surprises are to be found within almost every song, as well as in the construction of the album as a whole, which follows its own sort of hallucinogenic logic. This album and its two bookends make perfect starting points.

A Deluxe remastered edition of Giant Sand’s 1991 album ‘Ramp’ with a second disc featuring the Mad Dog sessions from earlier that same year.

“Convertino’s brush-work and Burns’ upright bass provide the perfect foundation for Howie Gelb’s parched voice and chaotic guitar, and guests include Rainer, Victoria Williams and country veteran Pappy Allen. It’s one of Giant Sand’s strongest and most complete albums.” The Quietus

Featuring piano lounge music for an off-world colony interrupted by an onslaught of guitar when needed, it’s light and dark and the better for it, a musical journey on a road less travelled. With Gelb’s lyrical invention to the fore: “His thoughts unfold in long, rolling sentences that don’t always follow conventional rules of grammar or syntax.” The Quietus

The Tucson sound at its very best. “The second of three stellar albums released by Giant Sand at the beginning of the ’90s, excellent material and sympathetic, energetic playing unify the trio.” AllMusic

Giant Sand ‘Ramp’
Double Black vinyl LP, Gatefold sleeve

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