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The Hondells - The Complete Motorcycle Collectiondotdotdot
artworkThis Swedish CD is generally available at indie stores. The Hondells were that cheesy vocal group, right? Well, yes, but there are also some stellar instros here from Richie Podolor & Sandy Nelson, as well as Davie Allan. Contains some nice-to-eseential surf instros.
Picks: Haulin' Honda, Black Boots and Bikes, Hon-Da Beach Party, Rip's Bike, The Rebel, The Lonely Rider, Cycle Chase, The Sidewinder, Freefall

Track by Track Review


Haulin' Honda dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richie Podolor's marvelous writing is superbly portrayed through his exquisite direct-to-the-board guitar tones. This seems like a song he intended to be played more slowly, but found the spirited joy in it's speeding up. It's energy and twang, coupled with his pop melody sense, create a splendid studio surf monster. From 1964.

Black Boots and Bikes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Richie Podolor tune, from his guitar and his pen. This has a certain bell-like quality, and sports the same twang and sounds as "Haulin' Honda," suggesting it is from the same session. Originally issued in 1964.

Hon-Da Beach Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Gary Usher tune is well delivered by Richie Podolor in the style of the best Super Stocks sessions. Originally issued in 1964, it is rhythmic, twang driven, and most memorable. This was also issued under the title "Hon-Da Beach" by both the Hondells and the Revells.

Rip's Bike dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mike Curb takes writer's credit here. The chincy organ up front leaves a lot to be desired, but there's some nice guitar work, most likely from Davie Allan. From 1964.

The Rebel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie Allan's fine guitarsmanship delivers yet another variation on this melody. This is less biker and more fuzz-surf than the others, but it sports Davie's extreme whammy accents, and his sense of melody. Nice track. From 1965.

The Lonely Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slower Davie Allan track is a nice variant to his faster material. Davie's guitar is instantly recognizable, and the surfiness of some of the guitar lines allows this to slip easily between the bikes and the boards. From 1965.

Cycle Chase dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Davie Allan's country roots come out some in this surfy shit-kickin' sidewinder. The twang is fine, and the hayseeds are evident and fun. From 1965

The Sidewinder dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Piano driven, sorta like the Wailers' "Tall Cool One" with a honky tonk edge. A simple Davie Allan side trip, but effective. From 1965.

Freefall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another fine variation of Richie Podolor's gorgeous tune. He has arranged this several ways, but it always comes out shimmering and shiny. This is a bit country, less surfy shiny, slightly more edgie. This versatile tune takes on all styles well. Great track. From 1965.