Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Wild Angels [Soundtrack]dotdotdotdot
artworkDavie Allan & the Arrows were just about the most important exponent of the new fuzz sound, earning Davie the title of King Fuzz. He invented the whole biker fuzz concept, and hit nationally with "Blues' Theme." This is the soundtrack album that took the fifties motorcycle gang movies, and made them into a cult B-movie genre, and kicked of the whole biker fuzz rock movement as well. This release is from the Duo-Phonic masters, a mid price compromise between mono and stereo that was accomplished with echo or delay to create a stereo illusion. It was an awful idea, but since Mike Curb has not seen fit to issue either the mono or stereo masters, this will just have to hold you.
Picks: Blue's Theme, Theme From The Wild Angels, Rockin' Angel, The Lonely Rider, The Unknown Rider, The Wild Angels Ballad (dirge), The Loser's Burial, Losers Lament, The Dark Alley, Wild Angels Chase, The Last Ride

Track by Track Review

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.

The Loser's Burial dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

An infectious melody invades your consciousness, even though it has a hokey nature to it. It is fun, and sorta friendly. A mid tempo fuzz precursor. "The Loser's Burial" sports an easy gate and soulful groove that gives it a very nice edge. Cool.

Losers Lament dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A silky smooth and clean guitar solo, sad, pristine, and very pretty.

The Dark Alley 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!

Wild Angels Chase dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Another take on the title track, with a more happy go lucky calliope kind of approach. Fun and silly too.

The Last Ride dotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Super Fuzz "Blue's Theme" intro repeated over echoed tom toms... definitely scene piece, short and dark.