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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Live Rundotdotdotdotdot
artworkA great new live release from Davie Allan finally caught live for a whole album. Produced by old friend Chris Ashford, with bass duties carried by Dionysus legend Lee Joseph, and drums pummeled by Davie's long time drummer David Winogrond. Davie Allan's full-on approach is an unmitigated power surge of fuzz and a throbbing beat. This album relentlessly drives a nail through the heart of tranquility. For anyone looking for great fuzz, for the real art of distortion, for the magic of extreme edge, this is it! You need look no further. Absolutely spectacular.
Picks: Shape Of Things To Come, Polyurethane, Peter Gunn / Baby Elephant Walk, Our Favorite Martian, Apache, Corridor Of Fear, The Unknown, Encounter, Blue's Theme / The Born Loser's Theme, Extrasensory Deception, Open Throttle, Experiment In Terror, Frantic, Chopper, Missing Link

Track by Track Review

Shape Of Things To Come dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Right outta the box, Davie launches into vintage biker grind with a great and intense performance of his classic released originally as a vocal by Davie's alias Max Frost and the Troopers. Powerful crunchy and grimy, the way Davie's legendary guitar should be.

Polyurethane dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Polyurethane" has long been a fave of mine. Davie's power driven fuzz is in top form as he delivers this venerable classic rocker with intensity and fire. Wow!

Peter Gunn / Baby Elephant Walk dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

I'm so glad this is here. When it first appeared on An Arrow Escape, I could stop playing it... humorous and totally inverted from the original soundtrack mentality. Monstrous and fuzzy as all hell! This is the best!!!!

Our Favorite Martian dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Fuller would be amazed at Davie's metamorphosis of this classic surf tune. I loved the studio version, but this is spectacular... huge, fuzzy, powerful, and rhythmic. "Our Favorite Martian" menaces and thrills.

Apache dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's classic delicate Indian theme is taken way over the top... completely assaultive, Davie Allan's vision is of war parties instead of peace pipes. Awesome!

Corridor Of Fear dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie's been doing this tune for a long time, but it hasn't really been heard until now... I mean that this is very likely the definitive performance. The guitar is tastefully grimy, the intensity is pleasurable, and the whole idea of a beautiful melody played delicately with intense distortion and power is perfectly delicious. The long and gradual collapse at the end is wonderful.

The Unknown dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This classic biker theme just keeps getting better and better. The guitar noises and intense sustain and feedback are magnetic in their ugliness. The wah wah in the break is so psychedelic... like an extract from "Cycle-Delic." Incredible.

Encounter dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Big distorted drama, thundering power, and ultra suave string bending... it doesn't get much better than this!

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.

Extrasensory Deception dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This variation on an old theme is powerfully shredded and diced with fuzz and exceptional playing. Big throttle rumbling rhythmic melodic bikedelic madness.

Open Throttle dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie's classic ultra dirty guitar tune gets dirtier... this is much darker than the "clean version" and as dirty as the In The Red version. Magnetically grating distortion, fiery, chunky choppy percussive guitaristry... The nemesis of your quiet afternoon.

Experiment In Terror dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie's ability to take fluid melodic film scores and turn them into nightmares of distortion and neo psychedelic sludge is well applied to this Henry Mancini composition. Destruction is at hand...

Frantic dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Darkly menacing, thundering square wave driven, "Frantic" is an evil track with exquisite playing from King Fuzz. Chunk and fire, weirded out string bent distortion, and a monster cold water storm feel. A definite angry sea appeal. Great track!

Chopper dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This was the other side of the awesome In The Red single. Less grimy (not much less), "Chopper" oozes unbathed outlaws of the iron horse... melodic and ultra ugly. Makes you wanna give up showers.

Missing Link dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is the track Davie shredded with when he played for KFJC, as witnessed by its inclusion on the "Waves On The West "compilation. This is equally big and gratingly wonderful. This distorted, intense, whammied, sustained fuzz epic is continually reborn under Davie's imaginative nightmare guitar wizardry. Simply amazing!