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Carney, Ralph / This Is! Ralph Carney
Album:This Is! Ralph Carney Collection:General
Artist:Carney, Ralph Added:06/2003
Label:Black Beauty 

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Add Date:2003-07-14 Pull Date:2003-09-15 
Week Ending:14 Sep24 Aug17 Aug3 Aug27 Jul20 Jul
Airplays:113433

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 21, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
Jug Gland Music
4.Nov 24, 2008:lunch special
Turkey Neck
2.Dec 20, 2012:The Penultimate Show
Get Yur Bargain
5.Feb 11, 2006:The Poo Bucket
Swamp Horse
3.Nov 24, 2011:The Songsmith Show
Turkey Neck
6.Nov 30, 2003:rust belt
Jug Gland Music

Album Review
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Reviewed 2003-07-14 

Ralph Carney – This Is

Hey! Ralph Carney’s the shit! I say so, Tom Waits says so. Tom Waits says "He's like a broken toy that works better than before it was broken." And Ralph can play three reed instruments at the same time! This album is great – Ralph plays lots of reed instruments and lots of other stuff including, guitars, flute, banjo, spoons, washboard. And he may be in running for the award for playing the most instruments on a single album. Play!

All are good but check out: 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

1. jug band/ragtime – banjo, washboard, saxes, clarinet, spoons
2. middle eastern feel - slow and hypnotic at beginning, then picks up speed – voice samples plus a laugh track
3. drum loop, harp, trombone, and Ralph sings!
4. distorted steel guitar + cowbell, middle eastern/Indian flavor
5. jazzy discordance -- flute, reeds, trumpet
6. back door blues, banjo + vocals
7. free jazz-y, spacey – clarinet, bongos + football fans sample at end
8. short (1:00) avant garde jazz sax riffs,
9. Turkish sound, shakers, deep breathing
10. country/blues – lap steel, guitar, cymbals,
11. quick – somewhat middle eastern/jazzy, jew harp, reeds, panpipes!
12. bongos, Turkish keyboards, processed vocals
13. bossa nova feel – great vocals
14. long (~13 min) jazz exploration – wow!
15. Duke Ellington – lots of reeds + trumpet

Track Listing
1.Jug Gland Music 8.Marshall Allen Plan
2.Get Yur Bargain 9.Heckraiser
3.Swamp Horse 10.Cow Lap
4.Pele Mele 11.March of the Anunnaki
5.Ultra Bowl 12.Turkey Neck
6.Man Don't Come 13.Hell Week
7.Tis Sad 14.April 15, 2002
 15.Solitude