Egyptology (album)

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World Party Egyptology.jpg
Studio album by World Party
Released 17 June 1997
Genre Rock
Label Chrysalis
Producer Karl Wallinger
World Party chronology
Dumbing Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Egyptology is the fourth studio album by World Party released in 1997, re-released in 2006. It contained the #31 British single "Beautiful Dream" and the award-winning She's the One, among other songs. But the album was not a commercial success, and Karl Wallinger was upset when his label, Chrysalis, used "She's the One" as a vehicle for pop artist Robbie Williams; Williams' version hit #1 on the British pop charts and won Williams several awards. Wallinger later wrote:

I was so lucky that Robbie recorded "She's the One" because it allowed me to keep going [after his aneurysm in 2000]. He nicked my pig and killed it but gave me enough bacon to live on for four years. He kept my kids in school and me in Seaview [Wallinger's recording studio] and for that I thank him.[2]

Due in part to the disagreement over "She's the One", Egyptology would be Wallinger's last album with Chrysalis; his 2000 album Dumbing Up was released on his own label.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "It Is Time" (3:20)
  2. "Beautiful Dream" (4:45)
  3. "Call Me Up" (2:57)
  4. "Vanity Fair" (3:33)
  5. "She's the One" (4:56)
  6. "Vocal Interlude" (0:24)
  7. "Curse of the Mummy's Tomb" (5:58)
  8. "Hercules" (3:15)
  9. "Love Is Best" (3:03)
  10. "Rolling Off a Log" (5:54)
  11. "Strange Groove" (4:10)
  12. "The Whole of the Night" (3:15)
  13. "Piece of Mind" (4:58)
  14. "This World" (4:21)
  15. "Always" (4:23)


  • Karl Wallinger: "All songs played recorded written produced by Karl Wallinger"[3]
  • Chris Sharrock: drums, northern vibes

Guest musicians[edit]


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard 200 167


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Karl Wallinger, on
  3. ^ a b "Egyptology" liner notes, World Party, 1997