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Album Review

"Blues Theme" is arguably the most famous track by Davie Allan & the Arrows. It was recorded quickly on Mike Curb's Tower label for the soundtrack to the move Wild Angels — Peter Fonda's first biker flick and just before Easy Rider. With wild, screaming fuzz guitar and a surf beat, it signifies the sound of the L.A. Strip in 1967 and embodies — in its two-minutes-and-ten-seconds — all the cultural elements of its soundtrack — the waning surf scene that traveled it, the muscle cars that roared through its lanes, the dawn of acid-crazed hippies floating down it, and the speed-drenched outlaw biker tribes who haunted it. The rest of the album is a literal pastiche of tracks that were issued under other names, slightly doctored for and from other soundtracks — there were seven between the Arrows' first album, Apache '65, and Blues Theme — or simply renamed. These include "King Fuzz," an instrumental remake of "The Twirl" by Harley Hatcher; "Theme from the Unknown," which had several names in earlier releases on 45 rpm's, and "Fuzz Theme," that was later re-titled "The Young World," for the soundtrack to Teen Rebellion.

Customer Reviews

Blues Theme Time Machine

I couldn't believe it when this album came out on CD! I was 13 when I found my first vinyl copy in a department store 99 cent bin. I had always loved the Blues Theme single (forever the ultimate guitar fuzz motorcycle track), but I LOVED the mix of fuzz tone rockers and awesome interpretations (William Tell 1967 and Ghost Riders in the Sky completely ROCK!) Honestly, I DID play the album until it wore out, then I played my cassette dub until the same thing happened. Overall, I'd rate 8 of the 10 tracks between very good and absolute masterpieces of the 60's guitar rock genre. For $7.99, this album's a STEAL! Not until Joe Satriani came along decades later with "The Extremist" did another guitar album rock me like this one. If you have ANY interest in electric guitar rock from the 60's, this album is nothing less than ESSENTIAL! BUY IT!


Genre: Rock

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,...
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