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Richie Allen - Stranger From Durangodotdotdot
artworkThis album is a repackaging of tracks from the two Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers albums.
Picks: Stranger From Durango, Redskin, Not So Quiet, Haunted Guitar, Comin' Back To You, A Touch Of Blue, Cave Man, Room 304, Lonely Guitarist, Breakin' Out, Swanee River Twang, Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Track by Track Review


Stranger From Durango dotdotdot
Body Rub Surf (Instrumental)

"Stranger From Durango" is a slow close body contact dance tune. Richard Podolor's guitar tone is in evidence. Pretty and on the verge of surf. It was issued both as Richie Allen and Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers.

Redskin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An Indian tune, heavy on the tom-toms. A great melody line is played over a whammied series of notes a la the usual "Peter Gunn" intro or "Church Key." It's a very cool track, a different mix of "Ridin' The Woodie," less ominous, and quite cool.

Not So Quiet dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A surf film style instro, great to drive to... light and airy and happy. The infectious guitar line and plinky piano are quite attractive. Also released as "Surfers Slide."

Haunted Guitar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Haunted Guitar" is a dramatic and almost classical acoustic number. It's a slow dance Spanish flavored song on the pop side of the aisle.

Comin' Back To You dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A "Never On Sunday" approach to surf, light and plucky. Lovely tone in a very poppy setting, not unlike the lighter side of the Sandals.

A Touch Of Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"A Touch Of Blue" is a very pretty and sad slow dance number with a romantic flow. On the unusual side, and pretty low energy. The chords are island gorgeous.

Cave Man dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also known as "Surf Man" later, Richie Podolor does it yet again. Heard within the confines of this song are the base elements for several other Podolor tunes. He often wrote pieces with enough things happening that subsections or runs could be morphed into whole new songs with yet more little foundation lines. Amazing writer.

Room 304 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Much like a "Cinnamon Cinder" backtrack, and also released as "Malibu Run."

Lonely Guitarist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lonely Guitarist" is a Sunday drive kinda song with tremolo and shimmering tone, coupled with plinky piano and a light rock beat. Also released as "The Lonely Surfer."

Breakin' Out dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a choppy song with a fifties honky tonk feel. While it's pretty unremarkable for Richie Podolor, it does bear at least one listening.

Swanee River Twang dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moderately interesting surfization of "Swanee River." It's pretty light weight, but certainly serviceable, especially when you consider that the Belairs did "Little Brown Jug," and all those covers of "Shortnin' Bread," and, well, there's just a lot of such covers from the original era.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A surfization of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot," unusual, but not special. Rich tremolo shimmer somehow makes it alright that "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" gets included here. It's unusual, but certainly not special.