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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Bullseyedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis apparent bootleg (no address, no licensing credits, Tower Records parody logo, no liner notes) is incredibly well done, and likely comes mostly from Mike Curb's vaults, though it is unlikely that he provided access knowingly. Their are some really nice gems here, including "War Path" in stereo for the first time ever, and the previously unreleased "Runaway '66." The other nice thing is finding Davie Allan's tracks from something beside those dreadful Duo Phonic masters. While these are in mono, and real stereo does exist, it is great to hear the performance unsmeared by Capitol Records' fake stereo. This can be accomplished by using just one channel, so it is unclear if these tracks are from masters, or from other CD releases. Either way, this is a fine compilation of Davie's sixties work. He is one of the mostly unsung heroes of instro rock. A great CD.
Picks: Apache '65, Slip-Stream, Blue's Theme, The Unknown Rider, Theme From The Unknown, Theme From Thunderball, Sorry 'Bout That, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Devil's Angels, Mind Transferal, Blue's Trip, Another Cycle In Detroit, Cycle-Delic, Born Losers' Theme, Moondawg '65, War Path, High Noon, Runaway '66

Track by Track Review

Apache '65 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an odd rendering of the Jerry Lordan tune made famous in the us by Jorgen Ingmann. It's sped up, and it has a whole new feeling to it. Davie's interpretation is unusual, and it works. Not too fuzzy.

Slip-Stream dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This simple instro combines a plucky guitar line with a plinky piano, and a fast Euro-siren guitar thing that's unavoidably interesting.

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.

The Unknown Rider dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the great lost surf tracks, melodic, unusually produced, and really good listening. Davie's use of the whammy bar is precise and perfectly executed, delivering an extra dimension of sadness. Wonderful. The mono really brings it to life, at least after being used to that horrid Duo Phonic mix. It would be better in true stereo, but I'll take this as a first step.

Theme From The Unknown dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Truly dark and ominous, danger in the back alley biker fuzz, with some pretty spacy effects. Pure evil! It's also been known as "Outer Surf." Ugly fuzzy bass under Davie's super smooth fuzz lead guitar. Way cool and grodie, with occasional monster growls. Watch out! Again, this is brought to life by eliminating the stupid production tricks. Dark and evil!

Theme From Thunderball dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

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

Sorry 'Bout That dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Light choppy instro, also under other assumed names. It has a playful structure and melody, almost calliopic in imagery. Funny track.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Low-E guitar, a cowboy backtrack, cow slingers shouting at them doggies, and a bunch of country feel. A nice version, relatively standard arrangement, which is pretty unusual for Davie. Mono elevates the status, and makes it more interesting.

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.

Mind Transferal dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

The track opens into a "Pipeline" backtrack and a surfy psychedelic guitar, with the drums backwards. Really cool nutso psych. Rhythmic and bizarre. I love it, especially Davie's totally intense guitar.

Blue's Trip dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A little like the Larry Williams' "Slow Down," this track is sporty and very fuzzy, with a simple progression melody, and a choppy transition, plus a wah-wah break that's right out of 1967.

Another Cycle In Detroit dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A motorcycle engine throttles up, then in slams Davie Allan's big fuzz monster guitar, delivering a melodic grindy tune. It's heavy and yet sports a light melody line for a cool contradiction.

Cycle-Delic dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is 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!

Born Losers' Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Big production low grind fuzz, moderately interesting melody, revved up by extra distortion. The track is truncated at the beginning.

Moondawg '65 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie's complete reconstruction of the Gamblers' studio gem. "Moondawg '65" is chunky and laden with that classic Davie Allan sound. Great drums and rhythm.

War Path dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was Davie's first single. It is an Indian styled surf tune of unusual brilliance. It has a great melody, and a great sound. A totally infectious single! 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.

High Noon dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A pedestrian rendition of the Frankie Lane film theme classic. It's low-E grindy, but the vocals ruin it for me. It seems to have little of Davie's typical flair.

Runaway '66 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This previously unreleased take is great. Del Shannon had no idea what was going to happen to his song in the hands of the surf bands, and then this. It's cool, but completely unlike any other version, and quite punchy too.