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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Blue's Themedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the album sparked by Davie Allan's phenomenal "Blue's Theme." With it's el cheapo sleeve (monochrome blue on white), it heralded the beginning of the grand biker fuzz genre. After so many years, it's finally out on CD in proper mastered form, and with bonus tracks!
Picks: Blue's Theme, King Fuzz, Theme From Thunderball, William Tell 1967, Action In The Street, Theme From The Wild Angels, Theme From The Unknown, Fuzz Theme, Sorry 'Bout That, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Runaway, High Noon, Theme From A Summer Place

Track by Track Review

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.

King Fuzz dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie's namesake song, also known as "Mario's Theme." This is a very fuzzy rendition, with grit and grandly ugly guitar tone. The string bending and guitar harmonies are demented and delightful.

Theme From Thunderball dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

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

William Tell 1967 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's been surfed up, why not fuzz it up. The damped playing is really cool with the fuzz turned on. It's quirky, infectious, and rhythmic. very cool track.

Action In The Street dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Action In The Street" sports super fuzz and long sustain, intense siren backtrack, large soundscape, evil doings in danger land. Great drums! Weirdly scary.

Theme From The Wild Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This unusual and almost pop melody is fuzzed to death by King Fuzz, with lots of note bending craziness, and a pristine almost surf rhythm guitar behind. It's all too surreal. Great short blast of bikerness.

Theme From The Unknown dotdotdot
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!

Fuzz Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Like the title implies, the main idea here is FUZZ, and a bit of melody, like a follow up to "Blue Theme." Cool, and intense!

Sorry 'Bout That dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Sorry 'Bout That" is a light choppy instro with a playful structure and melody, almost calliopic in imagery. The melody has been used under other titles too. Funny track.

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

Low-E guitar, a cowboy backtrack, cow slingers shouting at them dogies, and a bunch of country feel. A nice version, relatively standard arrangement, which is pretty unusual for Davie. Simply cool!

Runaway dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Del Shannon's melodic teenage anthem is excellent fodder for Davie Allan's arranging skills and guitar wizardry. Energetic, very surfable, and splendidly rhythmic.

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.

Theme From A Summer Place dotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

This cheesy adult classic film score is oddly attractive in fuzz form. Davie Allan's warble creates a demented edge where only slush existed before. The double picked verse is even cooler.