BongoBeat Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry

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Ralph Alfonso
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Montreal, Quebec
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Ralph: Coffee, Jazz and Poetry

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Canada: Jul. 14th, 1995
OTHER: tba

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UPC: 7-6700-31955-2-1
Catalog number: 1955-2


Canada: Outside Music.
USA: Burnside.
UK: Proper.
Germany: New Music.
Holland: Sonic Rendezvous

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1 Looking For A Seat
2 This Dominion
3 Performance
4 Sundays At The Stem
5 Sunday At Newport
6 Paris In September
7 Chet Baker's Cigarette
8 Ring The Bells
9 I Love You Baby, But You Gotta Stop Wearing Those Ugly Shoes
10 Ooh La La, C'est Comme Ca
11 A Long Kiss In The Rain
12 Let's Fall In Love
13 Why Shouldn't I?
14 Somewhere At The End
15 The Gargoyles Come Down From The Cathedral At Night
16 We're The People That Love Forgot
17 Where Are The Bumper Boats In Salmon Arm, B.C., Baby?
18 The Goatee Club
19 It's A Wonderful World If You Know Someone In It
20 Crawling Around In The Fountain
21 Lounge After Hours
22 This Is My Corner Of The World
23 January's A Good Time For Jazz
24 That's The Moment That I Fall in Love
25 The Day We Met, The Week We Spent
26 Ti Amo Perche
27 E Sempre L'Italia Nel Mio Cuore / There Is Always You In My Heart
28 Opportunities In Misery
29 Sunshine For Flowers
30 I Would Really Like To Kiss You But I Can't See Without my Glasses

  • First album, originally released 1995
  • 41 tracks, over 70 mins of music
  • Recorded live in the studio with 40 really drunk people in the audience
  • A tour de force of garage rock, jazz, boozy saloon songs (some of them in Italian), monologues and more...
  • Includes "Chet Baker's Cigarette" which received some college play, plus a cover of the Kinks "Ring The Bells"

The 1st Ralph CD, Coffee, Jazz & Poetry, made the Top 20 on the Chart magazine college chart.

The CD is 70 minutes and 41 tracks of jazz, lounge, poetry and stuff! It has garnered a lot of reviews from many college zines as well as a devoted following of beat-sters.

The CD was recorded and mixed in two days from start to finish, mirroring the old 50's-60's recording ethos.

"Finger snapping good!" — ROCTOBER, Chicago

"Chet Baker, British Beat Music, Lolita and French gargoyles get the full treatment. A cross between The Ramsey Lewis Trio and Vince Guaraldi." — KULTURE DELUXE, LA

"From Dean Martin to Ginsberg to The Kingsmen. This disc is a party waiting to happen." — CHEESEBALL, Boston

"Should be in every coffeehouse in the planet..." — FLIPSIDE

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