Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf-Time on LBIdotdotdot
artworkThis bootleg release is almost entirely from Davie Allan material, and not from tapes, but from vinyl. Neither Davie nor anyone else involved has been paid or asked. To mask the sources, made up names and titles are employed. It's entirely mono, even though some of this has been issued in readily available form in stereo and from cleaner sources. There are some Davie Allan tracks here that have not been reissued on CD, so it ends up being worth getting. LBI is Long Beach Island, New Jersey, or so it claims.
Picks: Cycle-Delic, Drag Race on Route 72, The Fountain, Skaterdater Rock, Born Losers' Theme, The Checkered Flag, Grog's Hog, Moonfire, Surf Club Freakout, Mondo Beach Party, The Hard Ride, Victorville, Theme From Thunderball, Theme From The Unknown, The Stomper's Party Theme, Coral Below, War Path, Blue's Trip, The 13th Harley, Another Cycle In Detroit, Devil's Angels, Mind Transferal

Track by Track Review


Cycle-Delic dotdotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is simply the most amazing psych instro ever recorded, with the first time recording of Davie screaming into the guitar pickups. This song is so strong, the break alone was the basis for Missing Link, where Davie also employs the screaming trick. This screams out with twisted visionary noise, and creates chills on your spine. Utterly fantastic!

Drag Race on Route 72 dotdotdot
Psychedelic Fuzz Rock (Instrumental)

I don't know who this really is, but it's in the general Arrows' vein with added cheesy console organ. While quite fuzzy, it sounds like a studio thing. Repetitious and B-side like, with less flair on guitar than Davie usually delivered.

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.

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.

Born Losers' Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Big production low grind fuzz, moderately interesting melody, revved up by extra distortion. The track is truncated at the beginning.

The Checkered Flag dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

From The Wild Racers, this is a fluid tune Davie has used many times under many different titles. At just over a minute long, this rages as vintage Davie Allan must, with a solid melody and ultra fuzz.
Listed as the Allens "Beach Party."

Grog's Hog dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Cool funky drums, bongos and bass, major fuzz guitar playing in tandem with the bass, and some noodling over the top, make for an ominous track.

Moonfire dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Inspired by "Moon Dawg" (the Gamblers), this intense number uses piano and guitar in a similar way. It's less melodic, but also a perfect foundation under a film scene. Raging piano and pounding drums.
Listed as the Moonfires "Moonfire."

Surf Club Freakout dotdotdot
Psychedelic Rock (Instrumental)

I don't know what this is, but it's a psych period instro in a B-side vein... a rambling jam session with a bit of reverb and a Fillmore vibe. Much more rhythm and ambiance than melody and song.

Mondo Beach Party dotdotdot
Psychedelic Fuzz Rock (Instrumental)

Very fuzzy Davie Allan-ish... from the guitar and the melody to the bass lines. Whether it's Davie or not is debatable, but it's certainly patterned after him if it's not. The guitar playing is a little less fluid, so it's questionable. A psychedelic heavy riff rock sound.

The Hard Ride dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

"The Hard Ride" is the title theme from the film of the same name. Heavy sludge fuzz, thundering bikes and dark means to a questionable end. The grumbling beat is somewhat tribal and dangerous, while the guitar riff is both ominous and optimistic - a curious mix of messages. A cool track for sure.
Listed as the Sounds Of Surf "Hangover."

Victorville dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

From The Hard Ride soundtrack, "Victorville" is a slow sad tune with vibrato and fuzz, and probably the surfiest thing here. Fluid and moody, drifting with eerie tones over a piano and bass. Excellent.
Listed as the Sea Weeds "Quiet Sea."

Theme From Thunderball dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

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

Theme From The Unknown dotdotdotdot
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! Again, this is brought to life by eliminating the stupid production tricks. Dark and evil!

The Stomper's Party Theme dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

From the biker flick The Glory Stompers, this punky theme fuzzes and grinds in a relentless playful party mood. Later retitled "Polyurethane." Psycho and totally cool!
Listed as the Beach Haven Four "Bayside Bash."

Coral Below dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This fine surf instrumental is reverby and melodic, fluid and typically Davie Allan mid sixties surf. The melody hints at Jackie DeShannon's writing style ("When You Walk In the Room") in places, but also drips Davie. Great track.
Listed as the She-Shells "Lonely Beach."

War Path dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Blue's Trip dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A little like the Larry Williams' "Slow Down," this track is sporty and very fuzzy, with a simple progression melody, and a choppy transition, plus a wah-wah break that's right out of 1967.

The 13th Harley dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This bluesy sad biker anthem flows and floats on a sea of oily chains and dirty leathers. A great melody riff and a moody sound. From the Cycle-Delic Sounds Of Davie Allan and the Arrows album.
Listed as the Beach Patrol "The 13th Wave."

Another Cycle In Detroit dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A motorcycle engine throttles up, then in slams Davie Allan's big fuzz monster guitar, delivering a melodic grindy tune. It's heavy and yet sports a light melody line for a cool contradiction.

Devil's Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

More motorcycle engines, more melodic Davie Allan fuzz, and twin guitars at that. It's more melodic and less dangerous than "Blue's Theme," but just as interesting. Big grinding biker fuzz, and featuring some of Davie's tortured note bending.
Listed as the Surf Angles "Surf Angels Theme."

Mind Transferal dotdotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

The track opens into a "Pipeline" backtrack and a surfy psychedelic guitar, with the drums backwards. Really cool nutso psych. Rhythmic and bizarre. I love it, especially Davie's totally intense guitar.