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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skaterdater [Soundtrack]dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is THEE collectable Davie Allan album, both by collectors of Davie's material, and among soundtrack collectors as well. This remarkable album contains the music from one of the most quaint films of the sixties, which one day MUST find video release. It was the first skateboard flick. It launched Davie into his first spotlight as well.
Picks: The Fountain, Skaterdater I, Missy And The Statue, Skaterdater II, Skate Out, Skaterdater Rock, Together I, Statue, Skate Board Safari, Skaterdater III, Together II, Skaterdater IV, Missy's Theme

Track by Track Review


The Fountain dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowdance romantic melody, shimmering reverbed guitar, and semi dramatic drum fills. Dry click second guitar (instead of damped reverbed), but otherwise a typical surf structure. The drum cadence is not surf. The track evokes images of moonlit beach scenes with a pair of lovers dancing.

Skaterdater I dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The first of four versions of this tune, this being pretty dry, with nice string bending, and great damped picking transitions. I find this to be one of Davie's prettiest tunes, and this version is very nice.

Missy And The Statue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another slow romantic song. A pretty melody, gentle delivery, and smooth performance, all add up to a very nice track. Thematically, it uses a bit of Skaterdater as a closing bridge.

Skaterdater II dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

None better than this. Wetter, about fifty percent faster, this is really cool. The guitar tones are more stinging, and overall effect is more power and more surfisms. The drums just keep on rolling!

Skate Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mostly percussion that builds gradually from slight toms to major poundage, accented by equally escalating damped picking, and occasional chords. The drums owe much to Cozy Cole's "Topsy, Part 2." Great rhythmic track.

Skaterdater Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally fuzzified version, about the same pace as the second version. This is Davie's initial crossing into maximum fuzz, and it's very cool. raspy, dirty, grodie, and very fun. The back track is the same as version 2.

Together I dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very similar to Missy & the Statue, with calliope-like progressions here and there, with a more shimmering guitar and a flute lead. very pretty.

Statue dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This theme has been used in many ways by Davie over the years, here with bits of Skaterdater in the bridges, but later called Dark Alley, among other names, with dark and grodie fuzz. Here, the guitar is relatively clean, and the effect is quite nice. Nice string bending!

Skate Board Safari dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lightly fuzzed (buzzed) guitar, mostly issuing a progression that hints of melodic genius. Davie has always had the ability to create a simple short melody line that immediately creeps into your soul. Great song.

Skaterdater III dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fourth version (despite being called Skaterdater III), slow, sinewy, pretty. This really shows the flexibility of Davie's writing and playing.

Together II dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another version, this more MOR like than the last. Pretty flute driven, with low-E guitar bridges. Nice track.

Skaterdater IV dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Version 5 (IV...), fast like the second one, more shiny guitar sound, and more surfy damped note sounds. As before, hard to live without.

Missy's Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Missy again, with flute leading, and super gentle delivery. Nice surf guitar playing the bridge.