Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Egyptian Combo - The Egyptian Combo's National Releases 1964-66
|The Egyptian Combo was formed in 1961. They played for several years in Southern Illinois and surrounds, and cut at least 5 singles. The lineup was Lloyd Rainey - guitar, keyboard, Rick Linton - trumpet, bass, Doug Linton - guitar, bass, Lonnie Dixon - sax, Nick Ridgeway - sax, and William 'Butch' Nevious - drums, with additional horn work from Ellis McKenzie and Kevin Cox from '65 onward. This CD-R release is mastered from 45's. While the sound is pretty clean, there are some mastering anomalies and left-right imbalances in the mono reproduction.|
Picks: Gale Winds, Rockin' Little Egypt, St. Louis Blues, The Frog, Watermelon Man, Dr. Zhivago, Norma's Theme, Gale Winds
Track by Track Review
Gale Winds is a pretty song with a driving rhythm and organ lead. I thought of "Telstar" when I heard it, but it's not like that at all aurally. The melody whistles atop the rhythm track in a wispy kind of way. A pair of sax verses completes the composition.
This is a pumping organ instro reminiscent of the Northwest sound, with horns added that suggest Mariachi some. More melodic than most NW instros, Rockin' Little Egypt sports some great drum work and a pulsing rhythm. Quite cool.
The muted horn plays a saucy lead line as if it was on a runway in a strip club. Brash, pumping bass, and inspired fun.
Near Surf Country (Instrumental)
Throaty froggy croaks introduce this country good time stomp. It verges on surf at times, and is spiced up by shouts and hollers. While it's relatively dry, it sure is a surfable song. Perhaps a little like the spirit of the Lonely Ones' "Wah-Hou." Excellent!
Watermelon Man is brash and like a frat epic, but it's also more than that implies, with cool horn work and lots of excitement. Not at all tame like the Mongo Santamaria hit or Herbie Hancock original.
The organ is the focus of this intense version of "Dr. Zhivago." Big, horn driven, saucy, and hot for a party. If you need a reference point, you might imagine Thee Midnighters blasting this out. Very cool.
"Norma's Theme" is a smooth slow song with organ lead. It is the kind of song that used to be played at the end of the night, the last slow dance to send the teenagers off into the back seat. The horn section adds some suave to the track.
This is an "orchestra version" of track one. Much less compelling, more sophisticated in a lounge sort of way.