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Green Gorilla Monster & Me
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
We have every one of the Ralph's World CD's, and they never fail to disappoint. We have already worn this CD just about out. My children, ages 5 and 3, both absolutely love this CD.

My only question is why isn't Ralph even more popular? He definitely puts out the best quality children's music. I love his use of different musical styles and witty lyrics. The Ray Stephens/Roger Miller covers are fun too. Ralph truly rocks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2005
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Ralph Covert continues to fine tune his family friendly music on his sixth Mini Fresh release, "Green Gorilla, Monster & Me". The latest trip through Ralph's World is full of lighthearted fantasy, heightened by clever lyrics and driven home by exceptional musicianship. As we've come to expect, Ralph changes genres like changing clothes for the seasons; each has it's comfortable fit. "River Flow" provides a subtle geography lesson couched in the folksy sound of banjo & dobro. "Tower of Blocks" envelopes us in the calm of a dreamy afternoon. Subject matter reaches beyond preschool themes to gentle life lessons that are never too early or too late to learn. (Try new things, don't judge by appearances, take care of yourself, actions have consequences) This is not at all like the in-your-face "mature" themes in those CD's of current popular music sung with kids. As a 40-ish SAHM, who finds it increasingly difficult to shield my children from adult content, I appreciate the effort to make it cool but keep it clean.

Dance Around is an energetic intro, getting us physically involved from the start.

Hideaway sets the ageless tone with it's upbeat "feel-good" harmonies. The Bad Examples could play this one, and no one would think "kid song".

Gitarzan is a HOOT! This convincingly "live" mix does the Ray Stevens classic proud. Ralph handles the 3 distinct vocals, a crazy apeman-cowboy yodel, Jane's hot scat and that spunky monkey. How `bout THAT? WoW!

Old Red #7 is a pretty cool story of boyhood friendship. This is one of those Covert gems that takes you there. You can smell the early morning air and feel the knot in your stomach as downhill Mario Andrettis meet to compete. My li'l guy likes the buh buh bup bah bahs.

That is a reason this all works so well; it can be enjoyed on several levels. First there's the childlike, gut level, primal energy; I hear it, I like it. I dance, I cry, etc. Add musical complexity (which is somewhat beyond my realm) and intelligent writing that is often ignored by "kid's music", and grown-ups feel good about listening to it .

Liesl Echo is a beautiful fairy tale that strikes a Lennon/McCartney chord, with its bittersweet storytelling in minor key harmonies.

Who's the dog with her very own theme song? It's Monster, a terrier who made it from the pound into a loving family. OK, it's pretty much just cute, but not annoying.

Tim the Boy and I Don't Wanna are both about the choices we make, but with very different vehicles. I was really feelin' the punk rockin' I Don't Wanna, and I think I embarrassed my children. :rolleyes: Not to worry, parents, turns out we might wanna after all.

The Kids in Ralph's World are completely endearing. I don't know if it's just because they're "real", regular kids (if some musicians' kids), or also because they aren't on every song. Their natural quality makes me smile and want to sing out like a kid again.

Go see Ralph and the band live if you can. In the meantime, buy this CD! There's not one track on it I'd skip.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2005
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I'm picky about what my 1 1/2 year old and my 5 year old listen to, music-wise. Especially when I have to be trapped in the car with them listening to the same music over and over again. I really enjoyed 'Green Gorilla, Monster & Me' and I suggest you buy this CD if you have kids from ages 0 to 10. The lyrics are funny and smart, and the music is excellent! I'm not a music expert, but I enjoy listening to this CD over and over again and I appreciate the fun rhythms and vocals. (Try out the Tarzan song sample-- it's hysterical!) Buy this CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2005
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This CD is Ralph's best yet! We love it and have a lot of faves on the disk already and we just got it two days ago. If you get a chance to see Ralph in concert, or even a free show at Borders, do it! We just saw him again, after a couple of years and I wanted to go back the next night even though the kids were at home with a sitter. Wonderful music, very catchy tunes, great messages and fun, fun, fun!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Every CD seems to get better and better. We've listened to Kid Astro hundreds of times and all his other CDs and video. My 2.5 year old son LOVES all of his stuff, my wife has become a groupie and now that we have a 9 week old we'll have to flip to see who gets to take the older boy to see Ralph Live at the Universal Amphitheatre. Again his style on Green Gorilla encompasses McCartney, The Sex Pistols (I don't Wanna) and his own original, unique brand of music. Thanks Ralph. Keep 'em coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2005
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Green Gorilla, Monster and Me has been nominated for a GRAMMY! Really, its that good! You gotta buy this one, Jack! Kids like King Kong? They'll like Green Gorilla!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2005
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My three children are huge friends of Ralph (from back in the days when he sang and played acoustic guitar for their "Wiggleworms" class) This CD is no exception - Ralph and his band do a fabulous job with this new material. I even find myself humming and singing along - we especially like the song about the Green Gorilla. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2006
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This is a good CD - love all but 2 songs ("Liesl Echo" is pretty slow and brings our silliness to a halt...and "I Don't Wanna" makes me fear that ideas of bad behavior will be planted in my kid's brains). Still - it's in-line with other Ralph's World CD's...genuinely fun and silly, and catchy enough to engage parents in the fun of dancing and singing along. We especially like the "Tarzan" song...great lyrics! We also love his other CD, "Happy Lemons"...every song is a gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2007
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I catch my partner singing these songs in the shower too. Witty,funny, hummable, memorable. This CD went on 3 ten-hour drives within the span of four months and I still liked it. My four year old particularly likes this CD because she gets the humor and cleverness of it but the 22 month old hums along too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
We recently picked up this CD to complete our Ralph's World collection and to get ready for a concert of his, and we are completly thrilled! In only listening to it 20+ times in the past month (parents you know this is true!), I still enjoy hearing it and my kids love it.
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