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- Werewolves On Wheels by Don Gere
8/10 Dave Staff review, 15 July 2011
Yet another fascinating musical oddity from Mr. Votel and his cronies at the wonderful Finders Keepers. When not jaunting around the globe, finding musical curios like a cross between John Peel and Indiana Jones, Andy Votel can sometimes be found round the back of Threshers, rummaging through the bins looking for a cheap cider hit. This soundtrack recorded by the late Don Gere is like a film score era Ry Cooder. It's a very rootsy sounding album that has numerous nods to country music and psych rock. It at times reminds me of David Alexander Hess and his soundtrack to 70s shocker "The Last House On The Left". This soundtrack is from an 1971 exploitation film, which combines two different bedfellows...the outlaw biker and the traditional horror film...to predictably (probably) schlocky effect. The movie I haven't seen, but I wager the soundtrack is wayyyy better than the movie that was made on a shoestring budget and featured real bikers mincing about. The music on this soundtrack is a heady mixture of drugged up mantras and drawn out psyche rock jams. It has a great sound though does this album, and a lot of the tracks are strangely haunting.They have a real dusty, panoramic feel and the composition is damn good. It comes with an extensive book about the production and has enough facts and tales in it to stop you getting scared while listening. If Charles Manson spent his time making film scores and less time mincing about writing "PIGGY" on peoples walls and looking like a mixture of a gerbil and a man cast out of Hades*, this is what it might sound like. An album worth investigating.
*Dave does not in anyway think Charles Manson looks like a hamster. He, like many others, thinks that Charles is "a really swell guy who you would do anything for..." RIGHT GUYSSS!?!?
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