12 Songs, 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Less than a year before kickstarting his career as the lead guitarist behind the scores to groovy '60s biker movies and teen exploitation flicks, Davie Allan and his band, The Arrows, debuted with Apache ‘65. Sounding like a more sinister version of Link Wray or The Ventures, the album caught the ear of filmmaker Roger Corman, who hired Allan and his band to cut the soundtrack to the 1966 movie The Wild Angels, starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra. The title track leads off with West Coast surf rock wrapped in reverb-laden Fender guitar and tube-amp tones. The following “Tee Pee” has a novel take on Native American rhythms, with more of Allan’s fretboard wizardry. While he wouldn’t find his fuzzed-out psychedelic niche until taking on those following soundtracks, it’s interesting to hear Allan wanting to edge toward something tougher and meaner-sounding than standard surf rock. “Twine Time” is a good example of this; you can hear him experimenting with guitar distortion and hints of overdriven guitar here, as well as on the appropriately titled “Scratchy.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Less than a year before kickstarting his career as the lead guitarist behind the scores to groovy '60s biker movies and teen exploitation flicks, Davie Allan and his band, The Arrows, debuted with Apache ‘65. Sounding like a more sinister version of Link Wray or The Ventures, the album caught the ear of filmmaker Roger Corman, who hired Allan and his band to cut the soundtrack to the 1966 movie The Wild Angels, starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra. The title track leads off with West Coast surf rock wrapped in reverb-laden Fender guitar and tube-amp tones. The following “Tee Pee” has a novel take on Native American rhythms, with more of Allan’s fretboard wizardry. While he wouldn’t find his fuzzed-out psychedelic niche until taking on those following soundtracks, it’s interesting to hear Allan wanting to edge toward something tougher and meaner-sounding than standard surf rock. “Twine Time” is a good example of this; you can hear him experimenting with guitar distortion and hints of overdriven guitar here, as well as on the appropriately titled “Scratchy.”

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About Davie Allan & The Arrows

Based in Los Angeles, USA, this quartet, Davie Allan (lead guitar), Paul Johnson (rhythm guitar), Steve Pugh (bass) and Larry Brown (drums), arrived in the wake of fellow instrumental stylists Dick Dale and the Ventures. Allan’s distinctive, ‘heavy fuzz’ sound was already prominent on ‘Apache ’65’, a feature that remained constant despite a fluctuating Arrows line-up. This exciting single was a regional hit, prompting a hurriedly recorded album of the same name. The set was produced by Mike Curb, who was well known for supplying soundtrack music for the numerous movies emerging from the AIP film studio. Allan contributed to several subsequent Curb-instigated albums, usually as a member of the many pseudo-groups Curb organized around Hollywood-based session musicians. However, the guitarist received full credit for ‘Blue’s Theme’ culled from the 1966 film The Wild Angels. Allan and the Arrows were rewarded with their sole US Top 40 entry when this track was issued as a single. The Cycle-delic Sounds Of Davie Allan And The Arrows captured the group at a creative peak, blending hard riffs and tight melodies with a dash of acid rock. By the end of the 60s Allan’s sound had become passé, but he remains one of the decade’s finest exponents of the guitar instrumental.

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