Ralph's World: The Rhyming Circus

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ralph's World is basically a rock & roll band for children led by singer/guitarist Ralph Covert, and much of the music on this, their first album of new material in nearly three years, reveals the heavy influence of that children's favorite, the Beatles. Especially on the first half of The Rhyming Circus, the group adopts a mid-'60s pop
ock sound with chiming guitars and Covert's earnest vocals, though they sometimes recall other music of a similar style that's been made since. "Polka Dot Shirt," for example, has the feel of Prince's "Raspberry Beret." The Beatles remain a touchstone that Covert isn't shy about referencing, ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Ralph's World is basically a rock & roll band for children led by singer/guitarist Ralph Covert, and much of the music on this, their first album of new material in nearly three years, reveals the heavy influence of that children's favorite, the Beatles. Especially on the first half of The Rhyming Circus, the group adopts a mid-'60s pop
ock sound with chiming guitars and Covert's earnest vocals, though they sometimes recall other music of a similar style that's been made since. "Polka Dot Shirt," for example, has the feel of Prince's "Raspberry Beret." The Beatles remain a touchstone that Covert isn't shy about referencing, however, as he does at the end of "Do the Math," which copies the long piano chord that closed "A Day in the Life." After that song, Ralph's World does take some stylistic side paths, venturing into a Western sound for "Rodeo Peg" that has something in common with "Ghost Riders in the Sky," and even jazzing things up on "Bad Bug Ball." They turn to outright country parody on "Folsom Daycare Blues," an acknowledged rewrite of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" that will make youngsters wonder what their parents are laughing at. Ralph's World sometimes tries for education through music, as on "Abby's Alphabet Soup," which offers instruction on the alphabet, as well as "Do the Math," with its references to geometric shapes. But most of the time, they're content to entertain children and the big people who hang around with them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087112837
  • Catalog Number: 000112702

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rhyming Circus - Ralph Covert (2:59)
  2. 2 Gotta Be Good - Ralph Covert (2:25)
  3. 3 Edward the Tap Dancing Elephant - Ralph Covert (2:31)
  4. 4 Polka Dot Shirt - Ralph Covert (2:21)
  5. 5 Abby's Alphabet Soup - Ralph Covert (2:35)
  6. 6 Do the Math - Ralph Covert (3:50)
  7. 7 Rodeo Peg - Ralph Covert (3:20)
  8. 8 Bad Bug Ball - Ralph Covert (2:26)
  9. 9 Happy Not My Birthday - Ralph Covert (2:31)
  10. 10 King of the Alphabet - Ralph Covert (3:17)
  11. 11 Finger Is the Singer - Ralph Covert (2:54)
  12. 12 Folsom Daycare Blues - Ralph Covert (2:27)
  13. 13 Watch the World Go By - Ralph Covert (5:12)
  14. 14 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralph Covert Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Ralph's World Primary Artist
Tom Piekarske Bass
Don Stiernberg Banjo
Brian Wilke Pedal Steel Guitar
Matt Lewis Trumpet
Tom O'Brien Electric Guitar, fender rhodes
Steve Gerlach Electric Guitar
Matt Walker Percussion, Drums
Steve Wozny Organ
Rich Parenti Saxophone
Ben Lewis Organ, Piano
Christian Cullen Keyboards
Anna Fermin Vocal Harmony
Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger Percussion, Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Fiona Schenkelberg Vocal Harmony
Gordon OBrien Children's Voices
Abigail Schlenker Children's Voices
Jayme Schlenker Children's Voices
Andy Baker Trombone
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Ralph Covert Composer, Producer, Author, Creation
David Agnew Executive Producer
Steve Gerdes Art Direction
Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer
Rob Gillis Liner Notes
Patrick DeWitte Engineer
Oscar Salinas Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Super fun music!

    Really fun songs that my 2 year old son loves to dance and sing along to.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lots of fun!

    Great to dance to with the kids! Love the Folsom Daycare Blues!

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