The Jones Girls

Nights Over Egypt

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Though their dance classic "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" was their certified million-seller, the Jones Girls' "Nights Over Egypt" is just as cherished. Originally on their 1982 LP Get As Much Love As You Can, "Nights Over Egypt" was written by producer Dexter Wansel and Cynthia Biggs. The sparkling, mid-tempo track began with an exotic, sinewy synth line that suggests the tones played by a snake charmer as he sits before a weaving, entranced cobra. The Jones Girls seemed to always get the best vocal mixes of all of the acts signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. The imagery suggests star-filled nights over the Sahara. The sisters' luscious harmonies are seductive in an aural ambience that's dreamy and wonder-inducing. Though there were pleasing latter-day instrumental covers of the song, no vocal version ever came close to the charm of the trio's original recording. As well-realized and beautifully complex as "Nights Over Egypt" is, it's a wonder that it never crossed over to the pop charts when it went to number 23 in early 1982.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1982 Repertoire
The Best of Jean Carn & the Jones Girls 1998 Recall (UK) 4:40
Get as Much Love as You Can/Keep It Comin' 1998 Westside Records 4:42
First Ladies of Philadelphia Soul 1999
Various Artists
Music Club Inte 4:42
Sisters of Soul [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:42
Body + Soul [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:39
Smooth Grooves: Jazzy Soul, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
Greatest Hits of Philadelphia: 1976-1986 2000
Various Artists
Empire Music Group Inc. 3:42
The Best of the Jones Girls 2000 Capitol 4:41
Love Unlimited 2001
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:40
80's Groove [Decadance] 2003
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 3:40
LateNightTales 2003 LateNightTales 3:29
100 Hits: The Best Disco Album 2018
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:43
No Image
Various Artists
Disky
Blue Light: Chicago Dusties, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Blue Light Records 4:39