Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Buddies: The West Coast Action Sound - Go Go With The Buddiesdotdotdotdot
artworkWell, now, isn't this interesting. Davie Allan studio session albums as the Buddies and the Compacts. From Go Go With The Buddies, the tracks are retitled classic Davie Allan and the Arrows tracks taken from the mono master and drenched in panned reverb to create a sense of space. From Go Go With The Buddies, while stereo, the production isn't much better.

As a superb bonus, the Skaterdater soundtrack album is here in its entirety and in very clean stereo! Hot dog! For that alone, it's worth every star and every penny for this very likely bootleg release.

While listed as by the Buddies, this is really a compilation of Davie Allan session work.

A must have for Davie Allan fans and surf fans too!
Picks: Davie Allan and the Arrows - The Fountain, Skaterdater I, Missy And The Statue, Skaterdater II, Skate Out, Skaterdater Rock, Together I, Statue, Skate Board Safari, Skaterdater III, Together II, Skaterdater IV, Missy's Theme, The Buddies - Skateboard USA, Ski Jump, Sidewalk Surfin' Scene, Speedway, Little BSA, The Compacts - Yamaha, The Cool One

Track by Track Review


Davie Allan and the Arrows - The Fountain dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowdance romantic melody, shimmering reverbed guitar, and semi dramatic drum fills. Dry click second guitar (instead of damped reverbed), but otherwise a typical surf structure. The drum cadence is not surf. The track evokes images of moonlit beach scenes with a pair of lovers dancing.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skaterdater I dotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

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.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Missy And The Statue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another slow romantic song. A pretty melody, gentle delivery, and smooth performance, all add up to a very nice track. Thematically, it uses a bit of Skaterdater as a closing bridge.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skaterdater II dotdotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

None better than this. Wetter, about fifty percent faster, this is really cool. The guitar tones are more stinging, and overall effect is more power and more surfisms. The drums just keep on rolling!

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skate Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mostly percussion that builds gradually from slight toms to major poundage, accented by equally escalating damped picking, and occasional chords. The drums owe much to Cozy Cole's "Topsy, Part 2." Great rhythmic track.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skaterdater Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally fuzzified version, about the same pace as the second version. This is Davie's initial crossing into maximum fuzz, and it's very cool. raspy, dirty, grodie, and very fun. The back track is the same as version 2.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Together I dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

Very similar to Missy & the Statue, with calliope-like progressions here and there, with a more shimmering guitar and a flute lead. very pretty.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Statue dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

This theme has been used in many ways by Davie over the years, here with bits of Skaterdater in the bridges, but later called Dark Alley, among other names, with dark and grodie fuzz. Here, the guitar is relatively clean, and the effect is quite nice. Nice string bending!

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skate Board Safari dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lightly fuzzed (buzzed) guitar, mostly issuing a progression that hints of melodic genius. Davie has always had the ability to create a simple short melody line that immediately creeps into your soul. Great song.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skaterdater III dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fourth version (despite being called Skaterdater III), slow, sinewy, pretty. This really shows the flexibility of Davie's writing and playing.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Together II dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another version, this more MOR like than the last. Pretty flute driven, with low-E guitar bridges. Nice track.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Skaterdater IV dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Version 5 (IV...), fast like the second one, more shiny guitar sound, and more surfy damped note sounds. As before, hard to live without.

Davie Allan and the Arrows - Missy's Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Missy again, with flute leading, and super gentle delivery. Nice surf guitar playing the bridge.

The Buddies - Skateboard USA dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie Allan's "War Path" is one of his very coolest recordings in my humble opinion. Great melody and Indian themes. While this is technically stereo, it's essentially the mono master drenched in panned reverb to create a sense of space. From Go Go With The Buddies.

The Buddies - Ski Jump dotdotdot
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. From Go Go With The Buddies.

The Buddies - Sidewalk Surfin' Scene dotdotdotdot
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. From Go Go With The Buddies.

The Buddies - Speedway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Speedway" is pretty straight forward fifties rocker, but with that classic Davie Allan warble-whammy. While it's not quite as melodic as most of his tracks, it's very cool! Twangin' good fun with spirited delivery.

The Buddies - Little BSA dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is based around the piano, which is tape-delayed from left to right for a spacy effect. Relatively jammy for Davie, it's nonetheless an interesting excursion through the vaults.

The Compacts - Yamaha dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The murky sound somehow adds a bit of intrigue to this fairly straight rock instro. Lots of echo and delay, and a great piano break.

The Compacts - The Cool One dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie Allan's wonderful "Beyond The Blue" is such a nice instro. Even when washed in murky reverb, it bears listening.