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Ralph Sounds

  • 1. Out of the Bag
    2. Dirge
    3. Piano Solo #1
    4. She Knows Herself Better Than Me
    5. Lotsaflutes
    6. March of the Puppets
    7. Loon
    8. Coming of Joey, The
    9. Alto Solo #1
    10. Fun Fun Fun
    11. Alto Solo #2
    12. Robert Wyatt
    13. Lonely Sealacanth, The
    14. Out of the Bag #2
    15. Peru Boo
    16. Krelm
    17. Low Yo-Yo-Mama
    18. These Foolish Things
    19. Monster Waits, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17

  • Credits

    Solo performer: Ralph Carney (vocals, bamboo flute, contrabass clarinet, saxophone, trombone, organ Tibetan bowl, saw).
    Even if you've never heard of Ralph Carney, you have probably encountered his RALPH SOUNDS. Akron's "man of many mouthpieces" has lent his quirky voicings on trumpet, kazoo, clarinet, saxophone, flutes, panpipes, organs, trombones, and dozens of other instruments to albums by The B-52's and Tom Waits, to spoken word projects by William Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg, and to theatrical, motion picture, and television soundtracks. Carney has also fronted the Tin Huey and Oranj Symphonette ensembles but generally appears as a sideman, his playful "Ralph sounds" enlivening productions by sympathetic eccentrics like Kramer, Hal Willner, and David Thomas.
    Carney's first solo album, fittingly titled RALPH SOUNDS, allows him to cut loose across 19 truly eclectic tracks with a truckload of instruments--from sax to saw--in tow. Without seeming aimless or unfocused, the set covers brief piano and alto sax improvisations, lo-fi Delta blues, Sun Ra-styled woodwind flurries, Dixieland-flavored experimentation, moody jazz vignettes, evocative sketches, and goofy rave-ups. RALPH SOUNDS also features a cheerfully rinky-dink take on "These Foolish Things," but Carney's perfect pop moment is the sweet "Robert Wyatt," both a tribute to and a fond affectation of the Canterburian's layered, erudite songwriting and beloved voice.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (1/9/98, p.71) - "...the longtime Tom Waits saxophonist creates a one-man musical universe as unique and personal as its title implies." - Rating: A-
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