Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro

The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro

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by Ralph's World
     
 

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Ralph Covert has become a favorite of parents with his kid-pleasing songs and adventurous sound, which joins rock and folk with such unexpected elements as jazz and polka. His fifth children's album recorded under the name Ralph's World, The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro should bring cheers from both the peanut gallery and their

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Ralph Covert has become a favorite of parents with his kid-pleasing songs and adventurous sound, which joins rock and folk with such unexpected elements as jazz and polka. His fifth children's album recorded under the name Ralph's World, The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro should bring cheers from both the peanut gallery and their music-loving moms and dads. It kicks off with the uncharacteristically hard-rockin' title track, which marries a prog-rock vibe to a piano-driven power-pop delivery -- Ben Folds channeling Rush, perhaps? -- in service of a tale about a boy space traveler, complete with outer-space effects. As always, Covert doesn't limit the scope of his lyrics. The twangy, acoustic-based "Down at the Glen," the toe-tapping "Just Like the Monkeys," and the shout-along/clap-along "We Are Ants" explore creatures in the animal kingdom. Meanwhile, kids crazy for construction equipment will dig the cool sounds of the southern rock–styled "Dumptruck," and those who just wanna dance won't be able to resist the call of the rhythmic "Fee Fi Fo Fum," which invites little listeners to "jump up and down" and "clap your hands." Ralph puts his own thumbprint on the traditional "Sucking Cider from a Straw" and "Mr. Rabbit," but his own songs could pass for tunes handed down for generations. "Miss Molly Crackerjack," for example, gets a hot jazz–infused arrangement and a sprightly clarinet solo, but its tongue-twisting lyrics give it the appeal of a well-loved gem. Like its predecessors, Kid Astro features fanciful, homespun cover art from Giselle Potter, and her playful designs aptly represent the irresistible melodic and lyrical charm that explodes from the grooves of Kid Astro.

Editorial Reviews

Time Magazine
Imagine Ziggy Stardust--era David Bowie doing the theme for a Nickelodeon cartoon, and you'll have the title track, a 3-min. rock operetta about a space boy who gets powers from a magic comet (but still has to go to school). From there, alt rocker turned children's rocker Ralph Covert runs through genres like a kid hitting every ride at a theme park: British Invasion backbeats, infectious Buddy Holly stomps and fanciful finger picking.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Minty Fresh
UPC:
0796627005626
catalogNumber:
70056

Tracks

  1. Kid Astro
  2. Just Like the Monkeys
  3. Fee Fi Fo Fum
  4. Mr. Rabbit
  5. Dumptruck
  6. We Are Ants
  7. The Tea Tale
  8. Miss Molly Crackerjack
  9. Who's the Winner?
  10. Sucking Cider from a Straw
  11. Playground
  12. Old Man Dan
  13. Sun in My Eyes
  14. Treehouse Orchestra

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ralph's World   Primary Artist
Ralph Covert   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Corky Siegel   Harmonica
Tom Piekarske   Bass Guitar
Mars Williams   Saxophone
Oliver Wood   Background Vocals
Matt Lewis   Trumpet
Pickles Piekarski   Bass Guitar
Steve Gerlach   Electric Guitar
John Otto   Clarinet
Matt Walker   Drums
Michael Cole   Keyboards
Ben Lewis   Organ,Piano,Clavichord
Deborah Lader   Acoustic Guitar
John Otto   Clarinet
Jon Nudzen   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Eric Blomstrom   Percussion,Box
Olivia Blomstrom   Background Vocals
Jordan Einhorn   Background Vocals
Sean Gies   Background Vocals
Haley Goulding   Background Vocals
Elisa Meyer   Background Vocals
Miranda Montgomery   Background Vocals
Leah Rose Orleans   Background Vocals
Brendan Powers   Background Vocals
Fiona Schenkelberg   Background Vocals
Zoe Zehren   Background Vocals
Tommi Zender   Percussion
Olivia Asta Wood   Background Vocals
John Graas Lloyd Otto   Clarinet
Evan Silver   Background Vocals
Deb Lader   Acoustic Guitar
Eric Blomstrom   Percussion,Box

Technical Credits

Brad Wood   Engineer
Ralph Covert   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jim Powers   Producer,Audio Production
Public Domain   Composer
Deborah Lader   Composer
Joshua "Cartier" Cutsinger   Engineer
Giselle Potter   Artwork
Shane Swinnea   Graphic Design

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The Amazing Adventures of Kid Astro 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After seeing the video for "Fi Fi Fo Fum" on the Ralph's World website, I immediately went out and bought it for my two children, ages five and seven. They love all of the catchy melodies; they won't stop singing!! I am happy that my children have music to listen to that is not only appropriate, but of good quality. I would definitely recommend 'The adventures of kid astro' to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I swore I would never drive around listening to kid music--but this is hardly the brainless bubble gum I felt most kid music was. It's hard to say who likes this better between my 5 and 2 yr old kids and my husband and I. My son and husband and I love "Kid Astro"--kind of classic rock feeling. Actually, all the songs are really great--my daughter sings the monkey song all the time. Who knew you could please a 36, 31, 5, and 2 year old all with one cd? Really recommend it. Thank you Ralph!