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The Saxons - Camel Walkdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of those vital obscuros that really belongs in every instro fan's collection. It epitomizes all that is exotic and tribal in rock and roll, and is the very embodiment of the strip joint runway tune as well. From the bump and grind of the tom toms to the sultry sax and shimmering guitar, the Saxons have hit the genre spot on and made all subsequent songs redundant. Utterly glorious!
Picks: Camel Walk (Part One), Camel Walk (Part Two)

Track by Track Review


Camel Walk (Part One) dotdotdotdot
Jungle Exotica (Instrumental)

This is the legendary original track covered by Teisco Del Rey and others. Juiced up with low-key utterances of "ca-mel meat-o" and "voi-tro pek," this is one tribal seductive monster. The tribal toms undulate relentlessly, the sax sleazes with strip joint runway jive, and the rhythms are downright pelvic. It's too simple, but so effective! This is a necessary recording for any collection.

Camel Walk (Part Two) dotdotdotdot
Jungle Exotica (Instrumental)

Part two continues the tribal runway beat beat and the nasty underbelly sax. It moves into a shimmering vibrato mode with sultry horns. This fine song drips sensuality and teasing invitation at an oasis. Totally amazing.