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Radio Palestine follows suit with regard to Sublime Frequencies other "Radio"Cds, I went to Palestine a couple of years ago and can remember many similar songs blasting out from mini vans. Arab music is so vibrant and with natural rythm that it's instantly enjoyable, even praying sounds fun. "Sounds of the Eastern Meditteranean" is certainly that.
The odd thing perhaps about this album is the variety of music present, sometimes music which you may not associate with Palestine. Surf rock worthy of The Shadows, jazz and all manners of Palestinian styles where a great range of musical instruments are used.
You'll also find beautiful French chansons, news snippets from battles, terrorist attacks and political moments. There's some folk music as well as more contemporary stuff, there's also the obligotary switching of channels which once again like "Radio Thailand"is a little too excessive. What's more the creators seem a little too keen on the feedback type sound that occurs when the station is about to lose its signal. A gimmick that works once or twice but seems pointless after excessive use.
It gets to the stage where the original music is something you just want to listen to as you become drawn in by the oriental flavour, unfortunately the makers of this compilation don't really allow for that.
Overall it's a pretty good album though, "A Night in Ancient Egypt" being particularly intriguing. This is not an album by a single artist and regular tracks, so buyers should be aware of that first. If you like jingles and oddities it might prove interesting though. A bit of an expensive experiment perhaps as it retails for around 30 quid and is hard to get.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Madame Foyer
2 Falafel Eastern
3 Bedouin Sparklers
4 Tangental Psychedelico
5 Solitaire Oriental
6 Beirut Cocktail/Khartoum Entr?
7 Voice of Peace?
8 Aswan Slip
9 Ramadan With Crowbar
10 Night in Ancient Egypt
11 Exploding Briefcases of Cairo
12 Trenchcoat Heatwave, Buffet-Style
14 How Are You, Mr. Criminal?
15 Psychic Iman Inc.
16 Freedom Fighters
17 Lo-Fi Nubia