Ramp (25th Anniversary Edition)
2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain – the debut album by Giant Sand and Fire Records is proud to announce the start of a Giant Sand/ Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues from September 2010, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums. ‘Ramp’ was originally released in 1991 and is the seventh Giant Sand reissue in the series from Fire Records.
For ‘Ramp’ Giant Sand ushered in several new members to the fold, “including young bassist Joey burns, the stunning voice of 74 year old Pappy Allen, and our sweet, sweet friend Victoria Williams .. we had begun recording in Tucson and finished it back in Venice, CA at mad dog studio again .. the first track was produced by Dusty Wakeman and featured the late great Duane Jarvis” Howe describes that the experiment with ‘Ramp’ was ‘ record an electric song live in the studio and have the pre-recorded acoustic bridge be slotted in by DAT machine while then starting up again with the electric part live at the same pace as before the DAT take was applied with its different beat. What made this tricky was the mechanical delay of the play button on the state of the art day machine…you can hear the result in “warm storm”. “Giant Sand is a mood” says Howe’ of Giant Sand, as if trying to offer a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970’s, it wasn’t until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate, the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums – an impressive haul when considering Howe’s equally prolific output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases. OTHER RELEASES New Album: ‘Blurry Blue Mountain’ – released October 25th 2010 Re-issues: Fire Records will be releasing all 25 records by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp & Alternator, Band of Blacky Ranchette.