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The - Ritchie Family - 1977 - African Queens

The - Ritchie Family - 1977 - African Queens

Label: Marlin
Catalog#: MARLIN 2206
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 1977
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Notes: Tracks A1 through A5 are a non-stop medley called ¨African Queens¨, total time 12:45.


A1 African Queens (Nefertiti, Cleopatra And The Queen of Sheba) (4:35)
A2 Theme Of Nefertiti (1:30)
A3 Theme Of Cleopatra (1:30)
A4 Theme Of the Queen Of Sheba (1:30)
A5 African Queens (Reprise) (3:40)
B1 Summer Dance (5:28)
B2 Quiet Village (5:45)
B3 Voodoo (5:35)

Codec: Lame 3.92
Quality: CBR, 320kbps, stereo

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Review by http://www.warr.org/ritchie.html

By now Rome was out of the picture, recording shifted to NYC, and there was a complete turnover of musicians: the new crew was Russell Dabney (drums), Alfonso Carey (bass), Jimmy and Rodger Lee (guitars) and Nathaniel Wilke (keys), who not coincidentally also backed the Village People - their vigor improved things, at least at first. The Side One medley - "African Queens (Nefertiti, Cleopatra, And The Queen Of Sheba)," with each vocalist portraying one queen - is a blast, thanks to whirlwind strings, tireless vocalizing and Jimmy Lee's effusive lead guitar. "Voodoo"'s profusion of instruments and melodies is dense and wonderful like a rainforest: more proof that disco didn't have to be simplistic though it so often was. Unusual percussion is one of the keys to the disc: Mario Grillo's timbales contrast with furiously arpeggiating strings on "Summer Dance"; Anthony Robinson's congas are featured in Les Baxter's Exotica classic "Quiet Village," together with lush strings, breathy vocals and deliberately vamping bass, it's a cold shower-inducingly sexy number. Throughout, Babatunde Olatunji plays a variety of African drums and shakers while Ralph MacDonald adds more pedestrian elements: tambourine, triangle, cowbell. (DBW)

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