”There’s a new sun rising up angry in the sky
There’s a new voice crying but not afraid to die
Let the old world make believe it’s blind and deaf and dumb
But nothing can change the shape of things to come…”
“Max Frost and the Troopers were a fictional rock music group created for the exploitation film Wild in the Streets, released in 1968. The film featured Christopher Jones as the highly influential singer Max Frost. The songs performed by Frost and his band, a group that was never formally named in the film, were credited to Max Frost and the Troopers in the subsequent singles and album. The band name “Troopers” is based on the term “troops,” the designation Frost used in the film to refer to his friends and followers.
A studio group appeared on the soundtrack album for the film, along with incidental music penned by Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann and composed by Les Baxter; however, the songs were not originally credited to Max Frost and the Troopers, but rather to The 13th Power.
Owing to the success of the song “Shape of Things To Come” as a single, an accompanying album by Max Frost and The Troopers, Shape of Things to Come, was issued on the Tower record label in 1968. Musicians playing on the album are believed to include members of Davie Allan and The Arrows (who also released the “Shapes of Things to Come” without lyrics) with lead vocals by Paul Wibier (who also wrote a majority of the songs on the album). The music is high-energy rock with some psychedelic touches.
The group was produced by Harley Hatcher and Eddie Beram for Mike Curb Productions. Their first single was recorded with Curb’s Tower subsidiary Sidewalk Records. Subsequent singles were taken from their album.” [wiki]
Garage-heads are already familiar with the title track but there are more real cool garage/psych tunes on this great LP as Lonely Man, Shine it on, A Change Is Gonna Come, Captain Hassel, Let Your Mind Run Free… + 9 bonus trax. Fourteen Or Fight… Dig!!!
Thunder Alley is American International car racing movie featuring 60’s teen idols Fabian and Anette. As on the most Sidewalk soundtracks here you got Davie Allan & the Arrows under the pseudonym The Sidewalk Sounds with couple of cool fuzzed-out instros ”Pete’s Orgy” and ”Theme From Thunder Alley”, which are the best trax on this soundtrack beside Eddie Beram’s ”Riot In Thunder Alley” and The Band Without A Name [later turned into The American Revolution] two garage tunes ”Time After Time” and ”Theme From Thunder Alley” [vocal version]. Also there are couple of songs by Anette. Say… Dig!
Third in a row of Davie Allan 90’s comeback albums (after ”Loud Loose and Savage” and ”Fuzz Fest”). 14 cuts of cinematic mosrite fuzzbox guitar-sound driven instros. Not so surfin’ but rather a modern garage rockin’ sounding instro venture influenced by Henri Mancini, Morricone and yeah!, ’60s & ’70s biker flicks. Loads of cool stuff begin with fuzzed-out drama ‘‘Space Rift” and then you got ”Fender Bender”, ” Encounter”, moto-bikin’ ”Another Moped In Schenectady”, ”Fast And Loose”, floatin’ fuzz lounge of ”Organized” and couple of re-recorded Allen 60’s tunes as wah-wah pedal mutated ”Theme From The Unknown”. This stuff is almost identical to ”The Arrow Dynamic Sounds of… ” album issued on Total Energy rec. but with different track order and few different tunes. Bykadelics at Surfadelic, Dig!!!
”Modern instrumental rock album with lots of cool fuzz guitar”
”I’ll surf around the world
with every surfer girl
from Newport to the shores of Lilla Bay…”
Oh yeah! Already have posted these super-fine surfin’ slabs on my old blog and here they come again. The Buddies were a studio project backed up by Davie Allan guitar, Jerry Naylor vocals and Mike Curb production, a try to cash-in on the hot rod/surf craze with songs about skiing, hot-rods, motorcycles and yeah, surfer girs! Cool mix of vocals and instros many of which you know from Davie Allan & The Arrows like “Sidewalk surfin’ Scene” [same as “The Unknown Rider” from “The Wild Angels” soundtrack lp], “Skateboard USA” [similar to “War Path”], ”The Cool One” [same as ”Beyond The Blue”] or ”The Rebel” backing track [actually ”The Rebel (Without A Cause)” instro from Apache’65 lp]. Go Go With The Buddies, enjoy!
TONIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE
Both on Tower Records, Capitol’s sub-label ‘notorious’ for 60’s biker flick soundtracks as “The Wild Angels”, “Devil’s Angels”, ”Angels From Hell” and other rockin’ teenage rebellion exploitation stuff as ”Riot On The Sunset Strip”, ”Wild In The Streets”, ”The Trip”, “Psych-Out”, “Mondo Hollywood”, “Dr. Goldfoot & the Girl Bombs”… Again we got Davie Allan & The Arrows ridin’ the fuzz on few trax like ”Hellcats” or ”The Angry Mob” and under the name The Sidewalk Sounds on tunes as ”The Loser’s Bar” and ”The Born Loser’s Theme”. There’s an interesting appearance of mysterious band Davy Jones & The Dolphins doin’ some garage pop tunes on The Hellcats lp. Duophonic vinyl rips. Dig!!!
”Today’s teenagers are up to no good…”
“Across the country, every Friday and Saturday night, they gather in the temples to perform ceremonial dances to a rhythm that seems to reach back in time. It’s called the beat.”
”A quickie documentary, originally paired on a drive-in double bill with “Mondo Mod,” claims to provide the lowdown on crazy teenage goings-on around the globe. We are shown glimpses of the Los Angeles Sunset Strip teen riots, The Paris student revolt, and the English mods and rockers running wild in Brighton. Things soon wind down to such critical issues of the day as go-go dancing, striped hip huggers, bikers, and surfing, all of which are seen to have worldwide popularity.”
TEENAGE REBELLION usually played under the title MONDO TEENO
Another ‘colaboration’ of Davie Allan and Mike Curb on this interesting lp with some funny spoken word stuff by Burt Topper on prostitution, drugs, young homosexuals and cool tunes as title track, ”The Young World” [aka ”Fuzz Theme”], ”The French Kiss” [aka ”Diana’s Theme”] or ”Make Love Not War” [version of ”Action On The Street”]. Vinyl rip in Mono & Stereo. Dig!!
This isn’t one of those 60’s biker flicks soundtracks but nevertheless it’s cool and includes involvement of Davie Allan & The Arrows as session musicians. You can hear ’em on fine rumblin’ tunes as The Fun Zone, Pursuit or Bay City Boys [known as ”Grogs Hog” from ”Cycle-Delic Sounds Of” LP]. Movie is a drama about teacher trying to break up a local drug ring who is framed and arrested for possession of marijuana, featuring teen idol Fabian. ”Fabian plays a high school art teacher who is framed and busted while trying to convince the school principal that grass isn’t such a bad thing. Diane McBain plays a fellow teacher who has her own problems to deal with. The rebellious students are about as threatening as a teenage root beer bust.” Album produced by Mike Curb and Lawrence Brown, Mary Jane music score by Mike Curb and Lawrence Brown. Duophonic vinyl rip, Dig!!!
Repost of this REAL COOL soundtrack featuring guitar hero Davie Allan along with members of the Riptides [as The Back-Wash Rhythm Band] and other West Coast studio vets as Harley Hatcher, Jerry Styner, Guy Hemric and Mike Curb. Fav tunes: What Turns You On, Coral Below, High Rise, Over The Falls, Waimea Bay, Surfers Paridise. Don’t miss this wave. Dig!
”This film marked the end of the longboard era.”