CD Egyptology [859523001045] (CD 1089678), Audio Other
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Egyptology [859523001045]

  • 1. It Is Time
    2. Beautiful Dream
    3. Call Me Up
    4. Vanity Fair
    5. She's the One
    6. Vocal Interlude
    7. Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
    8. Hercules
    9. Love Is Best
    10. Rolling Off a Log
    11. Strange Groove
    12. Whole of the Night, The
    13. Piece of Mind
    14. This World
    15. Always
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4

  • Credits
    ProducerKarl Wallinger; Chris Sharrock
    EngineerKarl Wallinger; Chris Sharrock

    World Party includes: Karl Wallinger, Chris Sharrock (drums).
    Additional personnel includes: John Turnbull (guitar); Anthony Thistlethwaite (saxophone); Johnson Somerset (loops).
    Recorded at Seaview Studios, London, England between 1993-1997.
    Despite a four-year hiatus between albums, in which grunge, Brit-pop and electronica defined popular music, the Beatles remain Karl Wallinger's muse. EGYPTOLOGY continues his Fab Four fixation, with the Welsh songsmith's solitary studio tinkering yielding tunes like "Call Me Up," with an intro recalling the Beatles' "Good Morning" and baroque touches a la "Penny Lane." But Wallinger's most compelling moments are personal ones.
    The beautiful choral rounds of "Interlude" segue into the smashing "Curse Of The Mummy's Tomb" (written after his mother's death) and the lo-fi slant of "Hercules" (an ode to Kurt Cobain). Great imagery coupled with solid hooks and great dynamics easily make "Mummy" Wallinger's finest moment. Add the brass and echoey vocals of the Lee Hazlewood-flavored "Vanity Fair" to the mix, and EGYPTOLOGY becomes the perfect pop package.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (6/20/97, p.75) - "...Karl Wallinger's ability to put a fresh spin on songs rooted in circa-'67 psychedelia is a rare and wondrous thing..." - Rating: B+
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