Ralph's World: At The Bottom Of The Sea
The second Ralph's World CD is the smash early break-through that put the band on the front page all across America. Hits included the title track, as well as Surfing In My Imagination, Sunny Day Rainy Day Anytime Band, and of course The Coffee Song. Ralph Covert nimbly moves from Sinatra to rock-a-billy to blues, all the while touches upon the heart-strings of kids and adults alike.
1. At The Bottom Of The Sea
2. Honey For The Bears
3. The Coffee Song
4. Surfin' In My Imagination
5. Harry's Haunted Halloween Circus
6. The Banana Splits (The Tra La La Song)
7. Eighteen Wheels On A Big Rig
8. Clean My Room
9. Itsy Bitsy Spider
10. Baseball Dreams
11. Sunny Day Rainy Day Anytime Band
12. Fly Me To The Moon
13. Baa-Baa Black Sheep
14. Malcolm McGillikitty
15. What Can You Do With Your Baby Brother?
16. Bean Soup And Rice
17. Many Things To Know
Parents may be familiar with Ralph Covert as a respected and prolific solo artist or as the front man for the raucous Chicago bar band The Bad Examples that scored a local favorite with Not Dead Yet. Covert (recording as Ralph’s World) is also the hottest property in kids’ music these days — at least locally — and his three titles have probably outsold his entire adult catalog combined. At the Bottom of the Sea was the first of his two releases this year, and it is the same wonderful stuff that has made him so popular with parents who, a few short years ago, were getting beer spilled on them seeing him perform in crowded bars. His brand of genre-hopping kids’ fare ranges from California surf music in the tradition of Jan & Dean and the Beach Boys (Surfin’ in My Imagination) to funny singer-songwriter numbers such as Malcom McGillikitty. The brilliance in this release lies in the number of "inside jokes" geared at making Mom and Dad laugh while the kids get woozy with enjoyment. Covert resurrects Robert Johnson’s blues standard Dust My Broom as the kiddie wailer Clean My Room. If Bill Kirchen and Commander Cody made children’s music, it would probably sound like Covert’s Eighteen Wheels on a Big Rig, a song with a hilarious punch line that I won’t give away. Every newborn’s parent will be able to relate to the fun spelling song, Mommy Needs Coffee. Covert doesn’t sacrifice quality musical arrangements in the name of childish fun, and his music, which features expansive tunesmithing, touches the bases in the rock, folk, and country genres. He’s the wacky favorite uncle who is popular with the kids at the family reunions, and he has made a record with enough content for Mom and Dad that they might even play this album when the little ones aren’t around.
T.J. Simon, The Music Box