James Ray has appeared in 8 albums as far as I know. They start with a
very simple format, little more than a drum beat and his voice and gradually
progress to full-blown techno albums. The lyrics have been figured out by
listening over and over, so if there are any errors, it's all my fault!
If you've got any other information, either factual or opinions,
Sisterhood - Gift
Created by Andrew Eldritch (of the Sisters of Mercy) in response
to legal problems he was having with ex-members of his band (later to become the
Mission). James Ray was brought in as Eldritch was unable to sing because
of legal restrictions. Many people (mainly Sisters of Mercy fans!) think
this is really Andrew Eldritch, but they are wrong! Andrew Eldritch has
done his own version of 'Colours', available on the CD version of Floodland.
James Ray's first album on his own, although the Eldritch influence is still here,
as he produces three of the tracks. In my opinion, the best song on this album is Edie
Sedgwick. Edie, I am told, was one of Andy Warhol's actresses in the 60's
who ended up dying of a drugs overdose.
A much more aggressive album. The title means 'God is on our side'
(Thanks to Clif Duhn for the translation).
Onto the techno stuff.
The Best Of James Ray And The Performance And Gangwar
I don't have this, but I've heard that it's just songs from A New Kind of Assassin
and Dios Esta De Nuestro Lado.
Very similar in style to Third Generation.
Especially the first song 'Regeneration' which is a remix of Third Generation.
Gone even more into the techno music - this
consists of samples on a strong backbeat. Very effective.
His most recent album. In my opinion, not quite as good as the rest, but still excellent,
and it might grow on me anyway. It is let down by the poor rendition of Edie by some
woman called Tamsin. I loved the original, but this just doesn't do it justice.
All the singles James Ray has released. This includes several excellent songs not
available on album releases, such as Another Million Dollars and Destination
Rough Guide to Rock Entry
Some Photos of James Rays Gangwar
Sonic Boom review of Best Of James Ray and The Performance & Gangwar
Sonic Boom review of 3rd Generation
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