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Davie Allan and the Arrows - The Arrow Dynamic Sounds Of Davie Allan and the Arrowsdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Arrow Dynamic Sounds Of Davie Allan and the Arrows is a remix of the recent Bykedelic release, more or less. A missing track, a couple of extras, and a total remix. I liked the Bykedelic mix for it's raw edge. This remix brings out the performance with more clarity while giving it a warmer slightly wetter sound as well. It's such a total make over, that it's almost unrecognizable. Davie was very unhappy with the original release, by likes this one just fine. In the remix process, the CD has come closer to the surf camp just by virtue of the reduction of the harshness factor through reverb and EQ. Behind Davie in the band are David Winogrond - drums, and Pete Curry [Halibuts / Los Straitjackets / Jon and the Nightriders, etc.] on bass.
Picks: Dakota, Space Rift, Journey Into Darkness, Fender Bender, Encounter, Cry Of The Lonely, Another Moped In Schenectady, Fast and Loose, Flashback, The Unknown, Peyote, Organized, James Bond Theme / Goldfinger, '67 Comeback, Blue's Theme / The Born Loser's Theme

Track by Track Review

Dakota dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby played tennis around the world for the CIA on black and white television in the early sixties. Their show was full of humanity, humor and intrigue. This is a very cool version of the theme, with a dissonant guitar and ample nervous edge.

Space Rift dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Slow pasta theme cowboy epic music, dramatic and slightly pretentious, without being pompous. This is quite a nice track... something that King Of Hawaii could easily play with and make their own.

Journey Into Darkness dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Unremarkable cover of an over-covered theme to a bad TV spy series with hammy acting and stupid plots.

Fender Bender dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Slow and unremarkable movie theme music, slightly moody, but otherwise devoid of any magnetism. The drums are annoyingly to high in the mix.

Encounter dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Take a bad movie, write a boring theme, and then make the best of it... better than any of the Challengers covers, but still just a cover of a boring song.

Cry Of The Lonely dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty track, with a shiny vibrato lead and more twang then the rest of the tracks here. It has a European MOR feel, but also is not too far from some of the Aqua Velvets tunes. Suavely throbbing with shimmer and French bread.

Another Moped In Schenectady dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Ed Fournier's tune slowly moves through some nice moody changes. melodic, and emotional. This is a fine bit of writing, and the playing ain't bad neither!

Fast and Loose dotdotdot
Euro Spy (Instrumental)

Up tempo fluff for the film trade, more melodic than many, but not particularly interesting unless you're into MOR.

Flashback dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the only surf tune here. It's a cover of the Chantays' tune from their second album. The arrangement is weak, but works ok. The lead guitar is pretty low in the mix, losing much of the power of the melody.

The Unknown dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

One can't make 'em much bigger than this. This umpteenth reincarnation of "Theme From the Unknown" is again different, and of course, quite dangerous. The break is a new treatment, and the tone and effects also set it apart from prior renditions. Ultra cool!!!

Peyote dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grodie mean guitar tones deliver a nasty sounding progression, with some very nice clean surf tone lines between the evil verses. This is a a nicely constructed tune, showing effective use of a basic progression.

Organized dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Playful and skimpy, both in the bikini department and the melody department. It is riff based, but transcends the expected limitations through it's friendly tone. This is a fairly non melodic track, like a TV theme for a cop show or something. It doesnŐt evoke images of anyone in a thong bikini.

James Bond Theme / Goldfinger dotdotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

Davie's been doing these two tracks together for a while. This fresh treatment is very chunky and rhythmic. The unusual percussion and fluid guitar work bring new life to these familiar espionage classics.

'67 Comeback dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Well, here's a new one not on the original release. This is gloomy and ugly in the most delightful way. The main riff leans on Larry Williams' "Slow Down" a bit, which gives it a familiar feel, but the sound and angst is pure Davie Allan and the Arrows. Exceptional!

Blue's Theme / The Born Loser's Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy and edge, somewhat dark, and unusually structured. This tune is unmelodic, more of an attitude than a song, but it is quite listenable and enjoyable.