Sophisticated Boom Boom!
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This disc features the following Bonus Multi-Media Material

6 extra audio tracks:

When Astrud Gilberto Sings
We Were So Pretty When
That's The Drag About Love
I Clean The Books That Nobody Wants,
I've Gone Blind And I Gotta Drive All Night
I Want More Of What They Call Amore

3 Videos:

I Love You Baby, But You Gotta Stop Wearing Those Ugly Shoes
Ooo La La, C'est Comme Ca
Venus In Violets
Parlez Vous Jazz? RealAudio
Halifax 3:AM RealAudio
The Thirsty Club RealAudio
Venus In Violets RealAudio
Spoken Intro RealAudio
Roman Guitar  
Sophisticated Boom Boom  
Private Detective  
If I Could Forget You (You Know I'd Be Glad To)  
The Girlfriend's Club  
Ocean At Night  
Say Whatever You Want  
Charlottetown Is Burning Down  
Gene Vincent Died In My Arms Last Night RealAudio
Happy With Nothing  
Record Collectors  
I'll Remember  
Jangly Love Song  
Maybe Ontario  
Angels Going Home  
Prince Of The Miramichi  
C'est Jolie Noel/Christmas Is Nice  
My World Of Suede  
Tired Of Waking Up Tired  
St. John's Beautiful Daughters  
Early Morning Cold Taxi  
I've Gone Blind and I Gotta Drive All Night  
This Song (Is Just Like Every Song On The Radio)  
Invisible Life  
Saturday's Angel  

Since the first Ralph CD in 1995, Ralph Alfonso's vision of 50s jazz, poetry, lounge, and 60s rock has established him as one of Canada's most unique artistic, musical and literary voices; garnering praise from such diverse sources as Peter Gzowski, Ross Porter, Lenny Kaye, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, Flipside, Calgary Herald, Grand Royal Magazine, MuchMusic, CBC TV, Alternative Press (USA) and way more. Years ago, after seeing him on the New Music punk special, Sloan chased Ralph into a Vancouver bookstore and asked his advice on whether to sign to a major or indie label (Ralph said go indie - but they signed to Geffen instead). Ralph is a Canadian institution unto himself, a real Beatnik whose stories of everyday life and joys appeal to all ages, all backgrounds, and all lifestyles. Fans of Jonathan Richman, Stompin' Tom, Ben Vaughn, Mose Allison, Ray Davies, Gene Vincent, Rita MacNeil, MC 900FT Jesus, Soul Coughing, Barenaked Ladies (their indie cassette), and weirdos in general, will understand Ralph.

Sophisticated Boom Boom is the 3rd Ralph CD. This time Ralph and bandmates Tom Harrison, Michael Rummen, Tracy Marks and Ron Stelting apply their patented Bongo Beat® to ska, jazz, folk, punk, reggae, spoken word, rockabilly and more. Highlights include a radical re-working of "Tired Of Waking Up Tired" (Ralph used to manage The Diodes), the title cut (an old Shangri Las b-side, re-done Beatnik style), "I'll Remember" (every Ralph cd has a Kinks cover or reference), "Jangly Love Song" (co-written with and featuring Dave Rave and Lauren Agnelli), "Gene Vincent Died In My Arms Last Night", "If I Could Forget You, You Know I'd Be Glad To", and "Saturday's Angel" a short tribute for Allen Ginsberg written and taped the day he passed away (this short piece was uploaded to the RALPH web page the day after it was recorded and has been widely distributed amongst beat sites).

  • Cover painting is by Tom Bagley (aka Tomb aka Jackson Phibes of Forbidden Dimension). Recorded and mixed in a week with special guests Graham Brown of Happy Man (harmonica, guitar, bass) and Graham Howell (Ska-Boom) adding sax and swingin' jazz flute.
  • RALPH (Coffee Jazz and Poetry), Ralph's monthly beat pop zine, has a circulation of 6000 and is available all over Canada, the USA, UK, etc. If you want it in your store, contact Ralph directly to get on his mailing list!

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