Savage and the Sensuous

Don Ralke

Album Title: Savage and the Sensuous

Artist(s): Don Ralke

Year: 2005

Label: Harkit

Country: UK

Genre(s): Exotica

Format(s): Compact Disc

Availability: Import, Out of Print, Scarce

Track Listing:

  1. Head Hunter
  2. Saoco
  3. Ju-Ju- Man
  4. The Mystery Of Yambuya
  5. Voodoo Priestess
  6. Face Beside The Fire
  7. Poison Dart
  8. Black Panther
  9. Zulu Magic
  10. Moon Goddess
  11. Ritual Of The Cobra
  12. Sacrifice Of The Maidens
  13. Safradesia
  14. Mombassa


This album was originally titled "Savage & Sensuous Bongos." Why the producers dropped the "bongos" from the title is beyond me. This album is all about the bongos. Exotica in the mold of Les Baxter and Martin Denny it aint. This is a fast paced and at times, almost all percussion album. But it came out of the era of bongos and beatnicks. One listen to this album with that in mind and you can almost see impossibly thin people in black turtleneck sweaters and beanies standing around snapping their fingers and saying "crazy man, crazy." Today, this album sounds like it could be background score for a 60's car chase scene. I'm not sure where the sensuous comes in, but it is definately savage bongos at their craziest man.  The album cover was changed. In this case they used Henri Rousseau's "The Dream" for whatever reason.

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