The Ranters were a radical group contemporary with the Diggers, whose purpose was hedonism and free expression. One of the most prominent among them was Abiezer Coppe, to whom Leon penned this tribute song telling the basics of Coppe's philosophy and life story. The song was recorded in late 1976 for Love Loneliness Laundry, in an arrangement dense with brass (Fiz Shapur's French horn, processed to sound like a trumpet) and Roy Bailey's prominent singing.
"The Ranters were the anarcho-hippies of the English Revolution, and this is the true story of the most flamboyant of them." - LR (sleevenotes to Guess What They're Selling at the Happiness Counter, 1992)
Version 1 (1977)