Arrows | Walk Away Renee - Dreamin'

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Walk Away Renee - Dreamin'

by Arrows

This is a maxi single, including some very rare Arrows tracks. The band explore a number of styles here including rock and power pop.
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Walk Away Renee
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2. Dreamin'
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3. Studio Patter
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4. I Love Rock N Roll
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5. Feel So Good
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6. The Stranger
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7. Silver Stallion
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Album Notes
The recordings on the EP are rare and offer another insight into the history of the band Arrows.

The band give their own treatment to classic Left Banke and Four Tops hit "Walk Away Renee" and it's surprising that they never released it as a single. Also Johnny Burnette's hit "Dreamin'" is performed here. This is a unique mix and vocal on this Arrows version, and not available anywhere else.
An Abbey Road studio recorded (TV track) version of the Arrows classic "I Love Rock N Roll" is also featured here with some studio patter by the band preceding it.

The bonus tracks are equally interesting, historically speaking. They feature the Arrows original drummer John Siomos, recorded in 1971. Siomos of course went on to fame with his work on "Frampton Comes Alive." This is the raw early Arrows, their first demos, and a must for any hardcore Arrows fan.
Apart from John Siomos, other notable musicians appearing here are Cozy Powell and Chris Spedding on "Dreamin'"


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Michael Kandel

Good mix of songs
I bought this on a whim. Turned out to be a good mix of rare songs recorded by this seventies britpop band. The bonus tracks alone are worth having, with the outfit showing a tougher side on their first demos than ever shown during their RAK records years later. Apart from that, the Left Banke classic "Walk away Renee" is treated with respect for the original, as is the Burnette cover tune "Dreamin." A really good pop rock maxi single for those interested in such things.

Steve

A maxi single that is revealing and diverse.
This is a fine release. The 1974 Arrows "Walk Away Renee" is a respectable version, fairly true to the Left Banke's 1966 hit arrangement. It's given an Arrows spin, with distinctive and easily recognizable vocals by Alan Merrill. The cover of Johnny Burnette's "Dreamin'" here is far less angst ridden and hystrionic than the version the band released on 2005's "A's B's and Rarites." Their monster hit "I love rock n roll" is included here as well, a fine version. Some amusing studio patter precede's this track, with their producer Mickie Most asking the band to have "plenty of energy" and letting them know that the "tape's running."
Most interesting to me though on this release are the 1971 bonus tracks, with the band's original dummer John Siomos
on the group's first demos, songs which all sound heavily influenced by the band Free. The band sound quite heavy, and they rock hard as a three piece on these bonus tracks, with "The Stranger" being a personal favorite.