Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Wild Angels [Soundtrack]dotdotdotdot
artworkAll those trashyHells Angels B movie classics from the fifties and sixties that Roger Corman and others produced were responsible for the rise in popularity of the small but potent Biker Fuzz genre. Davie Allan and the Arrows are the featured artist, among others. A rare and cool record.
Picks: The Chase, Bongo Party, Blue's Theme, Theme From The Wild Angels, Rockin' Angel, The Lonely Rider, The Unknown Rider, The Wild Angels Ballad (dirge)

Track by Track Review

The Chase dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Echoed drums and bass guitar walking down the road with a bit of guitar. Mostly a rhythmic track, designed to support a scene. It's very drum oriented, and interesting to a point, but not for long.

Bongo Party dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This is a single B-side, with Davie's fuzz and bongos creating a Preston Epps beat generation atmosphere for the hipsters emerging in the mid sixties.

Blue's Theme dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Davie will always be most famous for his Billboard biker flick soundtrack hit. It's the first time Davie's own invention of the biker fuzz instro burst into the consciousness of average Americans. In the popular sense, King Fuzz was born here! This is Davie Allan's signature tune. It became a household fixture when it appeared in the biker flick Devil's Angels, and has been a part of Davie's repertoire ever since. It is also the groundbreaking track that catapulted fuzz into the hearts of bikers everywhere. Great, and grungy.

Theme From The Wild Angels dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

This unusual and almost pop melody is fuzzed to death by King Fuzz, with lots of note bending craziness, and a pristine almost surf rhythm guitar behind. It's all too surreal. Great short blast of bikerness.

Rockin' Angel dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

With a fairgrounds backtrack, and a melodic semi-clean guitar lead, this track is interesting and fun. The melody is simple, and the bridge is inspired, with great humor in it's notes. Major drum orientation, and an easy feel.

The Lonely Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Mexican afternoon melody, a gentle guitar, and spooky airy keys make for an interesting bit of imagery. It's slow and fluffy.

The Unknown Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This 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.

The Wild Angels Ballad (dirge) dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Toms ominously pounded provide a dark underpinning for this very slow version of a melody Davie has used many times under many names, but mostly called "Wild Angels." Cool and brooding, with a vibrato lead guitar.