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artworkCheesy studio sessions in the west coast vocal mode, except for three fine Davie Allan tracks, which make it all worth while!
Picks: Skateboard U.S.A., Ski Jump, Sidewalk Surfin' Scene

Track by Track Review


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Surf (Instrumental)

This is actually Davie Allan's first single titled "War Path." 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 version is very nice. This particular master is "stereo-ized" from mono via delayed reverb, which is odd because the original was recorded in stereo and just mixed to mono for the single. Still, it IS Davie Allan, isn't it!

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Rock (Instrumental)

"Ski Jump" is a whistling organ instro with a catchy melody and very Davie Allan guitar line. It's a fun track with a bit of magnetism.

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is actually Davie Allan and the Arrows' "Unknown Rider," a track that's one of the coolest from Davie's early days, which is one of the great lost surf tracks, melodic, unusually produced, and really good listening. Davie's use of the whammy bar is precise and perfectly executed, delivering an extra dimension of sadness. Wonderful.