FAN DOWNLOADS - THE RALPH TONGE PAGE
Updated: 13 Feb 2012
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Ralph Tonge: Hard Hard Winter
The preferred version of this new cover from Ralph is a fairly simple and minimal treatment as well. One of my favourite tracks from Deep Cuts.
Ralph Tonge: Blue Angel
Ralph has made a magificent job of this - probably one of the most epic and daunting pieces Cousins has ever written.
Ralph Tonge - The Night
A first for Strawbsweb, a cover version from Ralph of an upbeat pop number from Lambert Cronk's Touch The Earth album.
Ralph Tonge - Time And Life
Still with the Deadlines period, but as heard on the demo on Taste in a more stripped back form, tyhis is the sort of title track from the album (the one with the word "deadlines" in the lyrics).
Ralph Tonge - Words Of Wisdom
Ralph has turned his attention to the Deadlines period, and here's a version of this piece, rescued for Deadlines after being discarded from the original long version of "Shine On Silver Sun".
Ralph Tonge - Mother Mild
Another first - the first Hudson Ford song on Strawbsweb. Ralph played this while the Strawberry Fools were up in Yorkshire rehearsing - a lovely song, one of Hud's best ever in my view.
Ralph Tonge - There Will Come The Day
One of two just received from Ralph - he's tried for a slightly harder interpretation – a sort of attempt at how the Hero And Heroine line up could re-interpret this song...
Ralph Tonge - Deadly Nightshade
A Deadlines favourite - with lots of crunchy organ, Lambert-style lead (particularly tasty solo on the outro), and some splashy Coombes-style cymbals.
Ralph Tonge: The Flower And The Young Man
A reinterpretation of this song from Ralph - lots of swirly keyboard figures and jangly guitar then a lengthy instrumental coda instead of the usual accapella finish.
Ralph Tonge: Flying
New software on Ralph's computer (Ableton Live for those interested) has produced yet another oeuvre from Ralph - the opening track from Bursting At The Seams.
Ralph Tonge: Autumn
Ralph has recorded the whole of the Strawbs classic "Autumn" from Hero And Heroine
Ralph Tonge: The Shepherd's Song
The emergence of three new versions (Cousins & Cutler, Secret Paths, Acoustic Strawbs) of this From the Witchwood track, long neglected in the live repertoire inspierd Ralph to produce his own take.
David Claridge and Ralph Tonge: Evergreen
A collaboration between David and Ralph. Very topical steel guitar sound given
the new DC album. Clraidge reports that: "Ralph played both 'twiddly parts' on his acoustic (directly injected into my Zoom). Also the chorused strum that kicks in on the chorus was Ralph's acoustic. I played solitary finger picky thing in the background- miked up my takamine, and open legged harmonies with myself (when I was alone at home!)."
Ralph Tonge - Heroine's Theme
Ralph's been working on this atmospheric cover of the brooding instrumental which starts off the Autumn suite. (We know he can the play the other bits too, so watch this space ...)
Ralph Tonge - Finking Of You
I was musing on the Witchwood one day about how I'd always thought Dave's wistful "(Wasting My Time) Thinking Of You" might sound good with a Monks-style backing, and then Ralph has a rush of blood to the head and does it ..... LOL