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Davie Allan and the Arrows - From Paradise To Helldotdotdotdot
artworkThis French compilation of Davie Allan's eighties output marks the first time these wonderful tracks were issued on CD. It has most of the great ones, and it is all splendid! If you are unfamiliar with Davie Allan, image the sounds at a Cycle-Delic Grunge-O-Mat, where the familiar and the new are blended in a square wave generator, and amped to the max for ultimate power. This CD includes the track "Stoked On Christmas," originally issued as a 7 inch in 1984. It's a medley of a bunch of Yule standards in Davie's trademark monster fuzz style.
Picks: Stoked On Surf, Outer Surf, Polyurethane, James Bond Theme / Goldfinger, Brews' Theme, Stoked On Christmas, Invasion Of The Body Surfers, Deep Six, Apache III, Supercycle, Little Big Horn, Surf Trek, Blue's Theme, Run On The Arrow, Flashback, Peter Gunn / Baby Elephant Walk, Dawn Of The 7th Cavalry, Cruel World, Left Turn On Arrow Only, Grungy

Track by Track Review

Stoked On Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

First off, this is a medley of a billion surf classics. Second, it reads like a who's who of surf hits. Third, it is way fun to hear all these classics turned into Davie's classic sound. "Stoked On Surf" includes "Pipeline," "Penetration," "Wipe Out," "Miserlou," "Surf Beat," "Let's Go Trippin'," "Surfin' USA," "Surfin' Safari," "Bustin' Surfboards," "Surf City," "Ride The Wild Surf," "Baja," "Walk Don't Run '64," "Hawaii Five-0," and "Outer Surf" ("Dark Alley"). The whole thing is done in Davie's monster fuzz style. It is way fun, and totally different in character than Jon and the Nightriders' "Splashback" medley.

Outer Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie Allan is King Fuzz, and his sound is/has been at the pinnacle of biker rock and fuzz surf. This track is from his early eighties work with Chris Ashford, and was issued on a 12 inch ep. It's totally killer, and without a doubt, a great infectious listen. If you've never gotten into Davie's music, you've missed 35 years of incredible guitar work. He's one of the great unsung legends.

Polyurethane dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Later retitled Polycarbonate, this grand track oozes fuzz drenched surf biker soul. Noisy, edgy, and right in the pocket.

James Bond Theme / Goldfinger dotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

Davie Allan brings his marvelous fuzzola to the land of espionage. Davie always morphs the original intent when he attacks a song, and he always picks melodic song to ply his craft with. Big time fun, melodic intensity, biker spies afoot in the pre-crumbling wall days of Berlin.

Brews' Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie's countrified nod to his signature song "Brew's Theme" is priceless. It's not that song, with a fresh melody, and a honky tonk feel. The acoustic back porch approach works really well, and demonstrates the power of Davie's writing. The fiddle is quite fine too. There is a single line from "Blue's Theme" towards the middle that's quite tasty, fuzz and all. A wonderful side trip along the cycle path.

Stoked On Christmas dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

What Davie did for the surf medley, he does for holiday classic tracks. Very infectious, and so cool in that edgy biker fuzz! Davie Allan pioneered fuzz biker rock and Cycle-Delic fantasies. His intense tones have guided many a player to follow. "Stoked On Christmas" is a medley of Yule standards "Jingle Bell Rock," "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Rudolf The Rednosed Reindeer," "White Christmas," "Blue Christmas," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Feliz Navidad," a Davie Allan-Jim Pewter seasonal original called "Mistletoe," and closing with "Auld Lang Syne." The whole thing is done in Davie's monster fuzz style. It's available as a 7 inch single and on CD. Davie Allan and the Arrows' "Stoked On Christmas" c/w "Flashback" 7 inch was originally issued in 1984

Invasion Of The Body Surfers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the get-go with the long and scratchy pick slide, this stompy chompy tune oozes both danger and angst. A grand exercise in fuzzadelic surforama. Intense double picked slaughterhouse angry surf. Quite cool!

Deep Six dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Major chunk and grodie guitar delivered with extreme attack, punctuated with fiery fuzzy glissandoes as only Davie Allan could do. It's big, grindy, noisy, and quite exciting.

Apache III dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is Davie's huge eighties version of the classic Jerry Lordan composition made popular by Jorgen Ingmann in the US and the Shadows elsewhere. Front the first whirling keyboard intro, you know this is going to be different. He has overlaid it with pomp and circumstance, a dramatic turn of events that yields a whole new character to a great old melody. Very powerful.

Supercycle dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A bit of frilly and deceptive keyboardage opens this high-strung track. It has an ample amount of fuzz and power, and is melodic enough to carry your interest. Davie's twin leads create quite a harmonic effect.

Little Big Horn dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is magnificent. The huge dramatic powerhouse delivery is very interestingly produced, and the Indian chants are classic. Huge sound, big presence, magnificent melody, and an overwhelmingly appealing power. Wow!

Surf Trek dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When mountains collide! Davie Allan is King Fuzz. Dick Dale is King of the Surf Guitar. Put 'em together, and you get an unbelievable powerful synergy. Davie's wailing performance on lead is stellar, and Dick's powerful support work and lead break are equally delightful. A monster track.

Blue's Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

It's hard to imagine that Davie could remake his biggest hit and make it sound bigger, but here it is. Bigger, harsher, more powerful. Pure evil.

Run On The Arrow dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A dramatic, big guitar melody, with lots of note bending tremolo, and scraping howling sounds augment this larger than life exercise in instromania.

Flashback dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A solid Davie Allan number, melodic and powerful as always. His sense of drama is employed. I don't care for the keys in this track much, but otherwise its quite good.

Peter Gunn / Baby Elephant Walk dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Not only is this one of the biggest covers of this Henry Mancini classic detective theme, it is marvelously punctuated with the delightful "Baby Elephant Walk" in the middle - an idea so twisted, it is PERFECT! Huge, magnetic, and grodie as Hell!

Dawn Of The 7th Cavalry dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dramatic visuals of the ill fated 7th Cavalry under the command of George Armstrong Custer, and the impending doom awaiting them under the last hurrah of Sitting Bull, issue forth from this fine instro fit for a film soundtrack. It is a big sound, with a lot of formal sound and Davie's wonderful guitar. It has an almost spaghetti western feel to it, but much more intense.

Cruel World dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A progression oriented track with a whole lot of appealing sound. It's more melodic than your typical progression track, but less than most of Davie's own creations. It's very big, very powerful, and has a funky air about it.

Left Turn On Arrow Only dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This riffin' grinder grows steadily, employing a basic progression and a modicum of fuzz and chunk.

Grungy dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Aptly named grindy grodie and grungy, recorded before there was anything called grunge. It certainly foreshadowed the Seattleite disease, and defined what grunge would have to sound like - low down growly fuzz guitar. Great!