A double scoop of vinyl from 1982
It is I, L. Chupacabra, bringing you the much anticipated vinyl you've all been craving. Best of Ralph is a double album of recordings on the Ralph Records label with which the cool people in the audience will be familiar. I usually think of Ralph Records as the label of the incomparable group The Residents, but Ralph had quite a few other groovy artists as well.
The tracks on this double album are simply labeled from 01 to 27, but there is a bit of a difference between the two LPs that you might want to be aware of. The selections on sides one and two (tracks 01 to 12) are the results of a poll of Ralph Records' mail order customers' favorites. The selections on sides three and four (tracks 13 to 27) were chosen by the Ralph Records staff.
All of the selections are quite excellent, including one of my personal favorites, Santa Dog '78 by The Residents. This song was a single, so I'm guessing it's comparitively hard to find. There's another Residents single, Beyond the Valley of a Day in the Life, made up of Beatles' samples. Also included are several other Residents tracks, a few Yello tracks, some Snakefinger, Tuxedomoon, and a healthy dose of Fred Frith, among others. On a personal note, one of the strangest shows I've seen was on Halloween 1987. Fred Frith and Hans Reichel were playing in a church, of all places. There was this one guy in the audience who had clearly taken some illegal substance or other who wandered over to the side of the church and did this little kooky dance for most of the show, while Fred and Hans played their custom-made guitars with paint brushes and stuff. Maybe that doesn't sound like an especially strange show, but at the time it seemed a bit freaky to me. Maybe just because it was in a church. On Halloween.
Anyway, disregard all that if you want to, but be sure to check out the Best of Ralph if you want to hear some excellent and unusual music from the late 70's and early 80's. Enjoy, and think of me whenever you listen to Santa Dog '78.
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