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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Fuzz For The Holidaysdotdotdotdotdot
artworkJust what you'd expect. The amazing sound and playing of Davie Allan playing traditional American holiday songs. Beefy, fuzzy, and totally cool! What Davie Allan and the Arrows do for Christmas is no less amazing than what they did for motorcycles and B-movies.
Picks: Angels We Have Heard On High, Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me, Ho Ho Seven / Hark The Herald Angels Sing, Feliz Navidad, Little Saint Nick, Winter Wonderland, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas, Here Comes Santa Claus, Let It Snow, Sleigh Ride

Track by Track Review

Angels We Have Heard On High dotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is heavy without being overbearing. The amazingly smooth guitar work is all Davie Allan, and the backtrack well suited. Quite dramatic.

Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

A lot like the way Davie sounded in the eighties and the sixties, only more richly textured. Big, optimistically ominous, and totally enthralling. Bikers bringing gifts to the Toys For Tots campaign. Yes, it's that and more, and like a Christmas anthem without the holly.

Ho Ho Seven / Hark The Herald Angels Sing dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

The dark heavy rhythmic chunk is all spy and danger, while the lead is dirty deluxe. What his sound does for "Ho Ho Seven" and "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" is nothing short of ultra cool. Raw, pumped, smooth, and oh-so fuzzy!

Feliz Navidad dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

This very poppy new standard shows a wonderful blend of light hearted happiness and dark hearted Harley-Davidson exhaust. Davie Allan is a master at the blending of the two, and "Feliz Navidad" is a perfect vehicle for the concept.

Little Saint Nick dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

Never was there a heavy sound from the Wilson Brothers, but then they weren't Davie Allan and the Arrows, were they? The thick fuzz, grumbling bass, and great drums are a great contrast to the fluff writing. Wholly cool!

Winter Wonderland dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

Heavy fuzz feedback opens into a biker's daydream nightmare inversion of "Winter Wonderland." It's hard not to like this. Uplifting innocence offset by brazen biker edge. Amazing!

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree dotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

Imagine the pop feel being retained while the fuzz flows like broken glass. Great string bending and edge. Yikes!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

Damn fine double picked angularity and edge in the beginning, and dark elongated drama in the transition, then pumped open road motorcycle day-trip sound throughout. You almost forget it's a Christmas song. Totally cool!

White Christmas dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

Bing Crosby's signature holiday song is dirty and angular, yet smooth and snowy. The way Davie Allan can make a dirty fuzz sound romantically smooth is really quite something. Great!

Here Comes Santa Claus dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dark carnival essence, long fuzz notes, and a dangerous blend of smooth and aggressive. The double picked verse is amazing!

Let It Snow dotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Let It Snow" is almost floaty in its fuzzy edge. Smooth, yet open throttle aggressive. I can't say anyone else has made this song over into such a rocker.

Sleigh Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Christmas Fuzz (Instrumental)

One of the coolest and most often covered Christmas song, "Sleigh Ride" sounds like it was created just for this arrangement. Davie's soaring guitar and the fluid rhythm section create a wholly original sound and feel for this song.