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Phil Thornton: Immortal Egypt

Track List

>At the Gates of the Citadel
>Cairo Blues
>Last Words by the Temple
>Morocco Dance
>Derwood Green
>El Moulid
>Praying For Rain
>Emerald Minarets in a Sea of Stars
>Sunrise Over Giza
>Immortal Egypt

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Phil Thornton (electric guitar, E-bow guitar, didgeridoo, keyboards, vocoder, percussion programming); Hossam Ramzy (drums, Egyptian percussion, world percussion); Grant Young (fretless bass, slap bass); Mahomed Abo El-Khair (vocals); Mahmoud Serour (violin); Darren Green (didgeridoo).

Personnel: Phil Thornton (electric guitar, E-bow, keyboards, vocoder, percussion); Hossam Ramzy (percussion); Mohamed Abo El Khair (vocals); Mamdouh el Gebaly (lute); Chalf Hassan (oud, keyboards); Sayed El Sha-Er (rebab); Mahmoud Serour (violin); Mohammed Ali, Abdalla Helmy (flute); Ahmed Abdel Fattah (accordion); Darren Green (didjeridu); Mohamed Baher (shawm, oboe); Jan Thornton (synthesizer, programming); Grant Young (bass guitar, fretless bass).

A thoroughly groovable collection of dub work, with Egyptian musicians providing the overdubs. This follows in the series by the duo of artists after Pharaoh and Eternal Egypt. The basic concept is to make some small recordings of various Egyptian musicians playing short parts, then mixing them into a cohesive whole in the studio, with the addition of some synthesizer work courtesy of Phil Thornton. The final product is a loosely bound set of recordings with an unbreakable beat and some slowly cooking basslines, along with various bits of ney, oud, and the like. For your standard world beat-type album, this is pretty good (much better than most). If it's authenticity one is looking for, don't let the title fool you. Still, this is quite an enjoyable album for listeners of all levels. ~ Adam Greenberg


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