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Davie Allan and the Arrows - The Wild Angels and Other Themesdotdotdotdot
artworkOne day, Mike Curb will see his way clear of the hassles between he and Davie to issue his entire archive of this man's powerful sixties sessions. Until then, we must make due with over priced super rare vinyl and a few tidbits to tease us from the vaults, like this CD.
Picks: Blue's Theme, Devil's Angels, Theme From The Wild Angels, The Shape Of Things To Come, Theme From Thunderball, James Bond Theme, Peter Gunn, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Batman Theme, Cycle-Delic (Edit)

Track by Track Review

Blue's Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie will always be most famous for his Billboard biker flick soundtrack hit. It's the first time Davie's own invention of the biker fuzz instro burst into the consciousness of average Americans. In the popular sense, King Fuzz was born here! This is Davie Allan's signature tune. It became a household fixture when it appeared in the biker flick Devil's Angels, and has been a part of Davie's repertoire ever since. It is also the groundbreaking track that catapulted fuzz into the hearts of bikers everywhere. Great, and grungy.

Devil's Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

More motorcycle engines, more melodic Davie Allan fuzz, and twin guitars at that. It's more melodic and less dangerous than "Blue's Theme," but just as interesting. Big grinding biker fuzz, and featuring some of Davie's tortured note bending.

Theme From The Wild Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This unusual and almost pop melody is fuzzed to death by King Fuzz, with lots of note bending craziness, and a pristine almost surf rhythm guitar behind. It's all too surreal. Great short blast of bikerness.

The Shape Of Things To Come dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Since Max Frost & the Troopers is a pseudonym for Davie Allan & the Arrows, it's quite alright for Davie and company to instrumentalize this Billboard hit tune. Of course, it is fuzzy and works just fine.

Theme From Thunderball dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

The film theme, fuzzed up with reverb, and a big delivery.

James Bond Theme dotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

The grodie approach to this John Barry classic film score the first of the mean treatments. It's quite chunky, with bitchin' glissandoes and edge. It's a nineties master. Great stuff.

Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Yup! Dip the whammy, employ major chunk. scream out with huge power. What more could you need. This is a nineties master, and includes bits of "Baby Elephant Walk." Quite tasty.

Star Trek: The Next Generation dotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Spacy keys issue up the Star Trek theme, then Davie comes in over a typically Mike Curb electro dance backtrack, for a combination that Davie hates. It's very bizarre to hear him so out of sync with the backtrack. His playing is great, of course, but the track is really awful.

Batman Theme dotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Another nineties master, this is movie music fluff, pompous backtrack and cutesy delivery, overlaid with Davie's humble mastery of the guitar. It's a dreadful track.

Cycle-Delic (Edit) dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

While an edit, this is still simply the most amazing psych instro ever recorded, with the first time recording of Davie screaming into the guitar pickups. This song is so strong, the break alone was the basis for Missing Link, where Davie also employs the screaming trick. This screams out with twisted visionary noise, and creates chills on your spine. Utterly fantastic!