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The Richest Man in Babylon

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Their sound may seem ubiquitous -- the soundtrack to every hip boutique on the block -- but nobody marries down-tempo beats and pan-global flavors with more finesse than Thievery Corporation. Emerging out of the multicultural U.S. capital, the duo of Eric Hamilton and Rob Garza draw on the sounds of Brazil breezy bossa nova, the Middle East throbbing hand drums, Jamaica pulsing dub reggae, India sitar-rich mixes, and beyond on The Richest Man in Babylon, a slightly more sophisticated update on its immediate predecessor, The Mirror Conspiracy. As on that sleeper dance music hit, the pair show utmost respect and outright affection for the varied strains making up their...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Their sound may seem ubiquitous -- the soundtrack to every hip boutique on the block -- but nobody marries down-tempo beats and pan-global flavors with more finesse than Thievery Corporation. Emerging out of the multicultural U.S. capital, the duo of Eric Hamilton and Rob Garza draw on the sounds of Brazil breezy bossa nova, the Middle East throbbing hand drums, Jamaica pulsing dub reggae, India sitar-rich mixes, and beyond on The Richest Man in Babylon, a slightly more sophisticated update on its immediate predecessor, The Mirror Conspiracy. As on that sleeper dance music hit, the pair show utmost respect and outright affection for the varied strains making up their composite sound, allowing each room to breathe even as it commingles with its neighbors. A perfect example would be "Omid Hope," which French vocalist LouLou renders in airy Farsi one of five languages represented here, her cloud-borne words floating atop bubbling percussion, echo-laden synths, and a persistent beat. Or "Meu Destino My Destiny," which layers tasty, Latin-veined acoustic guitar picking and Patrick De Santos's Portuguese singing over a gently pulsing rhythm track. Other highlights include the Latin excursion "Exilo Exile" and the bristling dub-influenced "The State of the Union," a political fireball aimed at the lawmakers down the road, sung by dancehall vocalists Shinehead and Sleepy Wonder. With their world-clique perspective, these two American fellas have emerged with a true lingua franca -- a sound that transcends borders and tongues with taste and an innate musicality.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2002
  • Label: Eighteenth Street
  • UPC: 795103006027
  • Catalog Number: 60
  • Sales rank: 27,877

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thievery Corporation Primary Artist
Shinehead Vocals
Manoochehr Sadeghi Santur
Chris Pupa Roots Vrenios Guitar
Rick Harris Horn
Desmond Williams Bass, Guitar
Jim West Drums
Harold B. Little Horn
Wayne Wilentz Keyboards, Wurlitzer
Emiliana Torrini Vocals
Sleepy Wonder Vocals
Pam Bricker Vocals
Frankie Addison Horn
Javier Miranda Percussion
Ustad Amir Sitar
Patrick DeSantos Vocals
Verny Varela Flute, Vocals
Harold Little Horn
Sonny Caberwal Tabla
Ustad Amir Sitar
Steven Albert Guitar, Electric Bass
Kelvin Sampson Horn
Frankie Addison Horn
Roberto Berimbao Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Eric Hilton Producer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Desmond Williams Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TC's best...except

    All-in-all, a combination of mature songs hooked together nearly seemlessly. But the bookend pieces sung by Emiliana Torrini ruin the continuity AND maturity. Sure, her voice is dreamy, but anyone's would be with that much echo. Hers sounds like babytalk, and combined with the simpleton lyrics, her two songs are better suited to Sesame Street.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Wonderful

    The Richest Man in Babylon includes a diverse collection of soothing, yet provocative, tracks that include sounds from around the world. For anyone who is interested this genre of music, it is simply wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it

    I really enjoyed this CD. I just became a fan of Thievery Corporation and find their music is awesome to relax to as well as work out to! The different singers on the cd really compliment the music and it is a very ethnic-feeling cd. I listen to it all the time and want to buy more cds by them!

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    Posted October 25, 2008

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