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Recensie: Ralph De Jongh – Roadtrippin
+Ralph De Jong – Roadtrippin
Ralph De Jongh – Roadtrippin
Format: CD – Digital / Label: Ralp De Jong Recordings
Tekst: Paul Op den Kamp
Vaderlands blues talent Ralph De Jongh toont zijn groot talent met dit nieuwe album. Nieuw werk verspreid over maar liefst vier schijfjes. Wat blijkt: rivier de Mississippi heeft een nog onbekende zijtak die uitmondt in Roosendaal. De geboorteplaats van onze gitarist van dienst.
Deels een versmelting van Mick Jagger en John Lee Hooker maar ook volslagen uniek, zo ook deze reeks van platen. Een blues doolhof om (zeer prettig) in te verdwalen. Een zoektocht van keiharde rock, naar diep moerassige klanken of nachtelijke verstilling. Op deze dwaaltocht passeren verschillende personages die de reis begeleiden maar snel weer plek maken voor een nieuwe travel companion. Niet geheel opvallend dat veel songtitels een zoekend thema hebben. De luisteraar is er blij mee. Artiesten die aan zelfonderzoek doen, maken vaak de beste muziek.
Even fel of ingehouden als de zangstem is het gitaarwerk. Vocalen en instrumenten vormen in de meeste liedjes een soort van duet. De een ondersteund de ander. Samen ondersteunen ze elkaar bij de te volbrengen reis. Misschien weten beiden niet precies wat de route is maar op de bestemming komen ze door samen te werken.
Om nu echt te kiezen om in deze recensie een lied centraal te stellen is ultra moeilijk. Ralph De Jong beweegt met ongelooflijk gemak van hoogtepunt naar nog hogere vlaktes. Een nummer centraal stellen is een gevalletje van kill your darlings. Met enige moeite kies ik dan voor I Wrestle In This World. Stevig maar met een gevoel van hoop. Na vele gevechten en worstelingen overwint de protagonist. Het bijhorende gitaarspel is van formaat. Als de vertolkte problemen uit het leven van de hoofdpersoon draaien de riffs in een hypnotiserend dans om de tekst heen.
Kort samengevat, dit is een monumentale box van een even groot artiest. Mensen, hoor dit en geniet. Of je nu hardcorde bluesfan bent of niet. Hearing is believing.
01. It Must Be Me
02. I M a Singer Straight From the Heart
03. Today Is a Whole Long Today
04. Days Way Back When 2
06. George Lazy Be
07. No More Troubles
08. White Haired Man Wearing the Rainbow Flag
09. Dressed in Rock and Roll
10. Whispers of a Fine Young Man
11. Walking Blind on This Earth
12. Angel Carrying Me Home
13. I Learned to Speak I Learned to Count I Learned to Write and Read
14. I’ll Wear My Kilt I’ll Wear My Bare Feet Too
15. Children Are You the Rainbow in the Fields
16. I’m Magical I Was Born with the Light Inside
17. All the Hurt Was in the Way
19. Sobered up Free at Last No Longer Beaten by the Shine
20. Put Your Feet on Mama Earth
21. I Don’t Wanna Read the News No More
22. As I Pass on to Another Place
23. I Forgot to Tell You What’s on My Mind
24. I Got That Mud in My Eyes
25. I Need a Soulshower Now
26. Jouer de la raquete
27. Light of My Love
28. When You’re on My Mind
29. You Feel the Same as Me
30. I Will Be Back in the Middle of the Night
31. Hear Me Talking Back to the Walls
32. Smiling Circleclowns
33. Look at Me in the Blue Sky
34. This Is the Way Life Goes
35. I Wrestle in This World
36. Back to the Ocean of Love
37. Ocean of Love Live (Live)
38. Message Live (Live)
39. Boy Boy Boy Live (Live)
40. Even If
41. Can’t Work No More
43. Help Me Find the Light in Me
Words/music © 2019 by: Ralph De Jong – Produced by: Ralph De Jong
Website: Ralph De Jongh
+Ralph De Jongh – Roadtrippin – promo
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Ralph de Jongh is and was on the road again, wearing new cloggies to be rock’n roll shredded again. He’s got a new band escorting him too featuring Chi Ron Shuton extra guitars, Elmore James Van Dodewaard on drums; percussions, Nico Heilijgers on bass and his wife Moon Anderson on extra percussions. RDJ himself played besides his vocals guitar, bluesharp and piano. As it is gettin‘ spooky Ralph does not want you to fear Halloween or a Nightmare Before Christmas therefore he is banishing all evil creatures and to set you in utmost good moods he would like to hoodoo you by his new opus “Roadtrippin”!
Cd 1 starts bluesy by “It Must Be Me”. Ralph in guitar duett with Chi celebrating some enchanted fingerpicking guitaristica. If you like the songs of the film Crossroads you will get hooked by this one. The chant of RDJ is freaky. “Days When Back 2” manifests the oustanding singer/songwriting skills of him. “Soultroubles” is an outstanding highlight ballad with sensitive and rousing chant. As RDJ can get explosive from one minute to another this is manifested by “No More Troubles”. Hell of a honk’n tonkyn‘ blues’n’roller. By “Dressed In Rock And Roll” he was in the mood to perform his bluesharp abilities. By “Walking Blind On This Earth” the whole band is blues’n strollin‘ paying tribute to the masters in heaven from John Lee Hooker to Elmore James. “Children Are You The Rainbow In The Fields“ spreads by the rhtyhms a good-time calypso feeling, great to listen to on a winter-night at the fireside. CD2 is concluded by “I Don’t Wanna Read The News No More”, by the melodies by closed eyes taking you on a musical journed down the American God-River the Mississippi. Enthralling delta blues. “I Got The Mud In My Eyes” on cd 3 is blues-rockin‘ again. A song in the spirit of Muddy Waters. Someday hopefully in long long time Ralph may jam together with him. “Jouer De La Raquete” presents the many musical faces of de Jongh, a underground psychodelic blues-rocker. “Light of My Love” is groovy and funky. “Hear Me Talking Back To The Walls” is the calm highlight of the cd by the slide-guitar-magic. “Smiling Circleclown” starts cd 4, a song all “Tongue-Fans” absolutely should listen to, featuring as topper finest six-string artistry again. Set your amplifiers volume at maximum loudness to capture the power of “Look At Me In The Blue Sky” and “This Is The Way Life Goes”. The whole band is jammin‘ and rockin‘. Hell Yeah! Afterwards are following some live-songs, “Boy Boy” is the rockin‘ and rollin‘ highlight of them. By “Watchdog” the band is to commemorate stunning Mississippi Blues again. “Help Me Find The Lights In Me” concluded by Ralph as preaching by chant and harpin‘ hoodoo-wizard. The sound has ben captured and mixed sensationally and authentically to the songs.
Ralph de Jongh has been ever so creative maestro again and recording so many enthusiastic songs to be featured on this 4’ology of cd’s! “Roadtrippin” a jewel of songs-collections*****
Ralph de Jongh: vocals, guitar, bluesharp & piano.
Chi Ron Shut: guitars
Elmore James Van Dodewaard: drums and percussion
Nico Heilijgers: bass
Moon Anderson: extra percussions.
Pls. click on the pic above for purchase link of Roadtrippin…
Special Release Dates:
Club Dauphine – 26 October
De Witte Bal – 02 November
It Must Be Me / I’m A Singer Straight From The Heart / Today Is A Whole Long Today / Days Way Back When 2 / Soultroubles / George Lazy Bee / No More Troubles / White Haired Man Wearing The Rainbow Flag / Dressed In Rock And Roll / Whispers Of A Fine Young Man
Walking Blind On This Earth / Angel Carrying Me Home / I Learned To Speak, To Count, Write And Read / I’ll Wear My Kilt I’ll Wear My Bare Feet Too / Children Are You The Rainbow In The Fields / I’M Magical I Was Born With The Light Inside / All The Hurt Was In The Way / Dying / Sobered Up Free At Last No Longer Beaten By The Shine / Put Your Feet On Mama Earth / I Don’t Wanna Read The News No More
As I Pass On To Another Place / I Forgot To Tell You What’s On My Mind / I Got That Mud In My Eyes / I Need A Soulshower Now / Jouer De La Raquete / Light Of My Love / When You’re On My Mind / You Feel The Same As Me / I Will Be Back In The Middle Of The Night / Hear Me Talking Back To The Walls
Smiling Circleclowns / Look At Me In The Blue Sky / This Is The Way Life Goes / I Wrestle In This World / Back To The Ocean Of Love / Ocean Of Love Live / Message Live / Boy Boy Live / Even If/ Can’t Work No More / Watchdog / Help Me Find The Light In Me
Welcome to the WIZ-WORLD of Dutch Beethoven as musico & Michelangelo as pictor – Ralph De Jongh in early 2019! When other manimals are taking a hibernation pause Monsieur De Jongh is ever so creative all time of the year and by day and night! Even in his weirdest nightmares he is creating and composing ever so haunting-beautiful melodies and songs and also is painting new colorful artistry. If one day is arriving still in a long, long period and he will be Baron Samedi or in the Mexican Realm Of The Dead or in Valhalla he will off course write tunes and will thunderstrike the holy earth with them. So Punxsutawney groundhogs wake up and freak-out to explore the sensations of the new 4 chef d’oeuvre cd’s “Quantum”!
„School“ is Ralph’s reminescence to the immoral Jim Morrison & The Doors. His canto in the first passage is melancholic and the music is perceptive-slow and utmost seductive. In the second his voice is exploding and his guitar artistry on fire. Starry extraterrestrial opus! By the consecutive „On The Rolling Wave“ he is hi-jacking you back to the good ole Woodstock era with a musical retro flair. His voice is powerful, freaked-out and his six-string lunacy is combining all ecstasy-styles of the axe-masters of the festival. These long-run titles will set devotees heart aflutter. By „Boy Boy Boy“ the first single of „Quantum“ De Jongh solicits as Ian Hunter by vocals and Mick Ronson on axe in personal union. „Heart School Lover“ is his personal ode to his pubertal fantasies. His beloved heart-lady Moon Anderson is spicin‘ it up by her soulfoul background-suffrage. Ralph is jammin‘ the Stones-style with his mates. „On The Dance Floor“ unites disco with funk-grooves. „Going Away To Stay“ is the heart-touching and loveable ballad culmination. „Old Country Road“ is a most poignantly mélange of country music with finest fingerpickin‘ six-string plays. By „Ease“ the master is the lord of the slide-bottleneck-magic the stirring delta-blues-style. „Angel“ is the heart-touching and warming ballad in love to all the divine loveables on earth and in heaven. Starry soulful grand-final!
Cd’s 2-4 are titled „Quantum Uncensored“. They feature brilliant different versions by play- and jam-style of the songs on the „Best Of cd“ and shiny additional tracks that flashed out of Ralph’s brain and absolutely deserve not to be hidden and to appear in bright sunny daylight!
On cd 2 the highlights are:
„Ache“ which is a ballad with an Indian flair, as the guitar sounds like in some passages like a sitar. „Deep Blue Sea“ by the captive voice of Ralph and the dreamful melodies. „Every Day“ as laid-black blueser to evolve good-time spirit.
On cd 3 the tipps are:
„Light“ as boogie-blues-boozer the Texas style. „Wider View“ – A dream would come true if Ralph would jam this in duett with Keith Richards in a small night club and Moon in burlesque outfit as hottie! „Used“ as spiritual, magical blues-ballad.
Cd 4 hottie’s:
„Your Soul“ by the jungle-rhythm grooves and the laid-back guitar-solos. „Honky Baba“ by the unplugged honky zonk & rockabilly wizardries. „Be With You“ by the funky bass-drums duels. „On The Dancefloor 2“ by the „Rock- Meets Motown-Sounds“ Arrangements.
Ralph de Jongh At His Best Again on his new ouvre „Quantum“*****.
A Unique Dutch Rock’n-Blues’n-Roll Majesty!!!
Covers & design c@ Moon Anderson
LP-Maniacs – Quantum is available as limited lp, hurry up and order it here:
QUANTUM RELEASE IN AMSTERDAM with RALPH DE JONGH TRIO + SPECIAL GUESTS – Max Joosten & Ewa Pepper! 2nd of March in top blues club walhalla Maloe Melo! Absolute Highlight cd-presentation not to miss! Tickets a €15,- via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Slow Turtle Sundance
“All One” is the starting title of “Slow Turtle Sundance”. Ralph’s voice is absolutely enthralling and sensitive from the very start. Magician Ralph puts an absolute positive spell on you and additionally by his guitar-artistry. Hell of a blues with a great “Indian Spirit”. The absolute peak of the cd. More songs like this, or a whole cd with such phenomenal spirit-blues, please Ralph!!! By “Crazy Boy Wants to Sing the Blues” & “Whole Lotta Courage” Ralph is in the mood for good ole rock’n roll with a modern , fresh attitude and off course a buckshot of blues. “Sail Your Ship”; “ Surrender” & “Girl” are three extraordinary, empathetic ballads creating a love-romance merrymaking by the first and a melancholy mood by the two consecutive titles. Maestro Ralph as storyteller by excellence and finest, virtuoso fingerpickin’ guitar solos, featuring even a classical notch. “Heartache Man” sets you on fire for funky and wild dancing. The title song “Slow Turtle Sundance” features Ralph as slide-daredevil on dobro. By tunes it is a captive blues’n roller and by chant Ralph de Jongh is starry. “Sweet Operator” has captive calypso rhythms – a song to keep the depressive winter’s blues depression away, or to dream by closed eyes and imagination of a caribbean sea-cruise enjoying the hot sun and some finest rum-cocktails… Hey Keith Richards listen to “Right Here; Right Now”! The crazy Dutchie Ralph would be the congenial master of chant for your next cd solo-output and he will duel you on axe, too… For lovers of classic rock the 70’ies style “Pin Up Girl” is the deal. “Battle Against Our Own Light” is a good time honky-tonkin’ roller with a bluesy and even jazzy spice-up. By Louisiana cuisine you would entitle it a Hot Demoniac Gumbo. Ralph is by chant the good-humored hoodoo-professor. By the final “Merry Christmas” as conclusion he is your personal Christmas-boogie-rockin’ “Sinterclaas” or “Papa St. Nick” or “Papa Noël“ or “Weihnachtsmann” or “Вайхнахтсманн (Father Frost) wherever you are… By the joyous melodies Krampus and all the bad and evil demons will hyde and creep back to their vault.
“Hallelujah” & “Amen”!
Breath Of Live
When Ralph deJongh met Ewa Pepper this was musical love at first sight. Their congenial creativity, virtuosity on guitars and violins got intensified by numerous duo- gigs and here is the first studio-magnificence eternalized on double-cd “Breath Of Life”!
By “A Better Not A Bitter Man” as starter of cd one Ralph is the personal storyteller. He has experienced by his specially daily hard work life the bad and ugly side of it, but by his always positive vibrations he is always tries to take the bright side out of life and works hard to have a smile for everyone again. His chant is melancholic and his acoustical six-string magic is absolutely to charm. Ewa is contributing some marvelous violin solos. She can be entitled the fiddle fairy-queen to lighten up every day! By “Throw Out The Bottles” & “BE” Ralph and Ewa spread climax- happiness, hell of luminous country-blues featuring on top guitar and wild violin sorcery. By “Yogi Bear” Ralph is telling his impersonator-tale of managing good and bad daily situations. “Stars In The Sun” is the “Over The Rainbow” Highlight of the first cd, first by the shiny fiddle-intro, second by Ralph’s ever so soulful chant and sensitive fingerpickin’ guitar-melodies. A Serenade to remind you to enjoy every little moment of life and even tiniest beautifications, like flowers, animals and off course your lovely ones… “Good Night Girl” is definitely his ode to his lovely Moon Anderson as conclusion of the first cd. By “Feel Me” as beautiful ballad as opener of cd two Ralph continues his storytelling by his warm-hearted chant and EWA is again the extraordinary fiddle-queenie. By “Keeper Of The Key” Ralph and Ewa affectionately intend to make your day bright and shiny by the melodies. “Harry” & “Love Is Not A Friend” shine as culmination songs on cd two by the Spanish Guitar- and classical violin-magic. Ralph’s voice is sensitive and mystical by it…
Maestro DeJongh bids farewell by song-interpretation as virgin-like “Man” on cd-two, haha… He is already on cloud number nine being aware that on 16th of December he will get happily married to beautiful Moon Anderson @ iconic Vanslag in Borger!
Ralph de Jongh & Ewa Pepper – “Breath Of Life” – Magnificent Grand Stories- & Melodies-Celebrations Of Daily & Nightly Life *****
“Still A Fool“ as opener of cd one is manifesting Ralph’s excellence as singer/songwriter. Superb slow blues-ballad, with utmost perceptive chant. “Shout Myself Back Together” & “Last Goodbye” express the many musical faces and affectations of mister DeJongh. He is by these songs in the mood for some hot funky dance grooves. ”Highway Man”, his kind of autobiographical song as he still loves to be on the road is a classic rocker with a boogie notch in the vein of the “Glimmer Twins”… “Blond Boy” makes you dance to the funky cadences the NOLA (New Orleans) style. By “Breakfast Served” Ralph and band-mates are blues’n boogie rockin’ for your demoniac pleasure. A hotter than hell jam is celebrated. This is definitely a live song-cracker to turn any venue into a tollhouse. “Misty Train” is a wonderful , enchanting delta-blues. Ralph is the six-string therapist on slide guitar and his suffrage is to hoodoo. “Let The tears Surface” is the final title of cd 1 concluding it the calm, perceptive style. ”Fine Man” is to whoop it up by its blues-rockin’ variety in the reminiscence to the good ole Blues Brothers. “Everywhere” is an enchanting swampy voodoo- blues the Louisiana style. Ralph is singing utmost bewitching to keep the LOUP-Garou away from any souls. By “All The Sweet Love” the rhythm duo by Rogier Hemmes on bass and Arie Verhaar on drums is funkin’ it up again. In contrary and as climax there is on top the laidback slide-guitar extravagance. “Life Is like A River” is a shiny country blues-rocker featuring a hellish hot blues harp virtuosity. “Hurrying By” is a starry, most magical ballad. Ralph’s voice is ever so ghostly-beautiful. “Burden Of Man Funk” starts by a thunderous drum-twirl-solo by Arie followed by bass-grooves by Rogier and on top sax-fervidity by Arend Bouwmeester. Ralph is getting’ funky and wild by his vocals and axe-attacks. The spirit of James Brown” was definitely in da live house! “Last Salute” is a soulful rocker as final song of cd two.
Ralph De Jongh – The Lowland Blonde With His Clogs Goin’ Strong & Wild At His Best – LIVE!
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Ralph De Jongh – “Dancing On A Volcano – 20 Years of Burst Out Explosions” – 3cd’s – “Highway Man” / “Bemuse Me” / “Misty Train” – Ralph de Jongh Records
Ralph De Jongh – The Flying Dutchman is back with a sensational 3 cd box “Dancing On A Volcano -20 Years of Burst Out Explosions”! You can entitle him a lovely blues-rockin’ and songwriting lunatic. Also in 2017 he will be permanently on the road for solo, duo and band shows. The utmost special on maestro De Jongh is that he never loses his creativity. Every show is different, even the song interpretations On top he has the gift of writing and getting hooky song-inspirations within minutes even at a gig. He retrieves his powers by enjoying nature together with charming singer and partner in crime Monique Anderson. He even continues to find the fervor for painting. His early and continuing love to the good ole sheiks of blues & rock’n- rollas, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, JerryLee Lewis, Harry Muskee and off course The Rolling Stones will be his everlasting love and inspiration. When all the old masters will jam heavenly at one time he will continue their earthly musical heritage.