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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Old Neck And New Stringsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a grand adventure in grungy guitar, issued in the eighties by Davie Allan, king fuzz himself. Over the years, Davie has lost none of his flair for dramatic huge fuzz and screamingly wonderful guitar noise.
Picks: Blue Shift, Arrow Space, Grungy, Rebel On The Run, Cycle Path, Cruel World, Appaloosa, Apache Junction, Moving Right Along, Left Turn On Arrow Only, Oleaje

Track by Track Review

Blue Shift dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Thundering fast paced pummelicious motorcycle fundango. Melodic, fuzz-faced, and powerful.

Arrow Space dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Screaming guitar assault, drums rampaging, bass thundering, dirty guitar tones, and big chords. A fine ugly Hogg rider's anthem. Very powerful.

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!

Rebel On The Run dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Melodic mid tempo compressed guitar rave. It's got some very pretty tones in the bridges, and splendid playing (of course). A fine track.

Cycle Path dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Very cool dramatic drums open this surfy rhythm fuzz monster. It's low-E lead line is pure grodie power, without being overpowering. Davie's sound here is stellar. A great song, and it's title is apt, with the rolling cruising feel of the thing. melodic and hot.

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.

Appaloosa dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Employing the opening chords to Heart's "Barracuda" as a platform for a melody, this super heavy monster pummels the Bud out of those pesky frogs. It's quite thumpy and grodie. A very cool and dark song! The bass glissandoes are too cool.

Apache Junction dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Indian tom toms under a very fuzzy melody line reminiscent of the Kinks in spots. It's melodic, and the guitarology is solid. A fine edgy track.

Moving Right Along dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A clean second guitar only brings out more of the dirty guitar tones in the lead. Great crunchy and wonderful. Davie's a monster, no question 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.

Oleaje dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Sea" is in the belly of this monster. A clean rhythm guitar, surfy underpinnings, and Davie's trademark fuzz lead. Melodic, and most seaworthy.