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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Arrow Dynamicdotdotdotdot
artworkThis great Davie Allan album was issued in the eighties. It contains some splendid sounds from the Cycle-Delic Grunge-O-Mat of Davie's mind, where the familiar and the new are blended in a square wave generator, and amped up for maximum power.
Picks: Apache III, Supercycle, Little Big Horn, Surf Trek, Angel With A Devil's Heart, Blue's Theme, Run On The Arrow, Flashback, Peter Gunn / Baby Elephant Walk, Dawn Of The 7th Cavalry

Track by Track Review


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.

Angel With A Devil's Heart dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Melodic and powerful fuzzola, as you must expect by now. This track is a fine example of how effective the combination of melody and distortion can be.

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.