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Saturday, May 23, 2009
THE MUSIC OF CLEOPATRA ON THE NILE
MOUNT VERNON MUSIC MVM 102 Circa 1950s MONO
Cleopatra was synonymous with all things exotic since the memory of red blooded man was first recorded. Her famed beauty and charm are legendary. In this album of oriental music, we have recreated the musical atmosphere that surrounded the fabulous Cleopatra where ever she went.
The aura of lush living is confirmed via the sensuous sound created by native musicians playing the authentic instruments of the time of Cleopatra.
Dancing girls with mysterious motions, stir gentle breezes with their perfumed veils as they sway to the strains of this, the most exotic music of all time.
Imagine yourself bedecked in golden finery, attended by gleaming Nubians whose only mission is to cater to your every whim, and you will have completed the picture of “The Music of Cleopatra on the Nile”.
Editor's note: A big sound, Madonna's charcoal art doppleganger and album cleavage: What more can you ask for?
Side A is pretty good for an no-musician roster album and especially the first two tracks, "Love Barge" and Egyptian Moon". "Egyptian Moon" could easily be the theme song for some NPR show intro. Entertaining mood music to say the least. Too bad nobody is putting out stuff like this these days!
Oh yeah, keep your ears on for the band leader shouting encouragement to the players! Bravo.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!