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Davie Allan and the Arrows - Cycle Breeddotdotdotdotdot
artworkAs tracks come slowly out of Mike Curb's vaults, and as Sundazed masterfully remasters, it becomes more and more clear just what a treasure Davie Allan is. Recommended! Mostly biker fuzz. As a special reward, Davie's first single War Path is here in glorious stereo under the title High Rise. At the end of the disc are a series of trailers.
Picks: Make Love Not War, Wild Racers Theme, DevilÕs Carnival, Cycle Party, Loser's Lament, SurferÕs Paradise, High Rise, The Angry Mob, The StomperÕs Party, In A Dream Away, The Golden Breed, The Loser's Burial, The Angry Breed, The Cycle Breed, Rape, Pursuit, Wild In The Streets

Track by Track Review


Make Love Not War dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

One-note drama oozes from the intro to this intense instro. Also called "Action on the Street," "Make Love Not War" is an interesting tack in its complete lack of melody that nonetheless creates the kind of raw-nerve tension that Armageddon used so effectively with "Buzzard." It's big drama and mix of rhythm elements make it hard to ignore.

Wild Racers Theme dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

This double-picked track is quite surfy, albeit dry. The double picked lead guitar is really nice, a technique that Davies doesn't use all that often. This is an upbeat and delightfully fanciful track. Its energy is light hearted and very warm. The guitar tone suggests a mariachi horn section, begging the question why not cover it with great reverb and horns as if it was cut by the Nocturnes or the Trademarks.

DevilÕs Carnival dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"DevilÕs Carnival" sports dominant organ and fuzz in a somewhat go-go arrangement that's both cheesy and endearing. Not one of my faves, yet I found it hard to not like. Imagine Johnny and the Hurricanes on choppers!

Cycle Party dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Wipe Out" influenced drums, a party ethic and progression, and mostly filler. Not much melody, but lots of borrowed bits, like a combination of "Wipe Out" and "Bongo Rock" with screaming party goers. Still, it's a very fun track! It's a different arrangement of "Bongo Party."

Loser's Lament dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This short and lovely solo guitar rendering is just beautiful. Close your eyes and you can see Davie sitting in a dimly lit room pouring his heart into this gorgeous track. "Loser's Lament" is a reinvention of "Theme From The Wild Angels." Simply wonderful!

SurferÕs Paradise dotdotdotdot
Surf Fuzz (Instrumental)

Arranged as if it was a surf instro, but it's all fuzzy. melodic and very engaging, with bite and a superb rhythm. This really grows on you. Great for the open road!

High Rise dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"High Rise" is a marvelous stereo master of "War Path," Davie's first single on Cude. It is an Indian styled surf tune of unusual brilliance. It has a great melody, and a great sound. A totally infectious single! The first of four versions of this tune, this being pretty dry, with nice string bending, and great damped picking transitions. I find this to be one of Davie's prettiest tunes, and this track is VERY nice. About a hundred stars, I say!

The Angry Mob dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"The Angry Mob" is a chord dominated number that's rich and chunky. In some ways, the chord melody makes it seem like a backtrack, but it sure holds up better than that implies. This is a later recut of "Making Love Is Fun."

The StomperÕs Party dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Quite reminiscent of Chan Romero's "Hippy Hippy Shake" at times, yet so different in character that it seems like a passing reference. Some great string swipes and energy here. Great fun.

In A Dream Away dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"In A Dream Away" is a soft and lovely piece with shimmering vibrato guitar and strings playing a sweeping panorama of a spring afternoon. It's really quite nice!

The Golden Breed dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a touch of mariachi, "The Golden Breed" is surfy and melodic, and seems very much like a scene track in a surf flick. Its uplifting sound and melodic nature are inviting and warm. Feel-wise, it's the sort of thing the Sandals did, but it's also very Davie Allan!

The Loser's Burial dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

An infectious melody invades your consciousness, even though it has a hokey nature to it. It is fun, and sorta friendly. A mid tempo fuzz precursor. "The Loser's Burial" sports an easy gate and soulful groove that gives it a very nice edge. Cool.

The Angry Breed dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"The Angry Breed" is a bouncy track with a pumping almost carnival-like organ opposite Davie's very fuzzed guitar. This is a very catchy track with a cool riff.

The Cycle Breed dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

With similar pumping organ to "The Angry Breed," this also sports Davie's signature fast warble whammy. Way cool!

Rape dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"Rape" is a tortured track with bongos and sullen bass. It gradually grows from slow and moody to heightened tension and drama, and cool squirts. I have to imagine this is a recent remix due to the way the guitar is stereo panned with delay.

Pursuit dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dramatic tom toms and modulated guitar create film magic. Twirly and just a little strange, with great percussion.

Wild In The Streets dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Big and just a little dangerous, yet distant and strange. It is 1968 after all, and you can hear the psych edging in with the sitar accompaniment. "Wild In The Streets" is more of an agitated opium den masterwork than biker track, and it sure is cool!