Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Format: 180 - gram LP
Label: Desperate Records
Authorised reissue of the absolutely classic 1973 proto-punk/sharpie classic from the Coloured Balls, featuring the legendary Lobby Loyde on guitar and vocals. This is the first time it's been in print on vinyl in Australia since the 1970s, and it's the BEST edition ever: tip-on gatefold sleeve, decorative obi strip, 180-gram vinyl and the best mastering (c/o Gil Matthews) you've ever heard. This baby ROARS!!
One of the great progressive hard rock LPs of the era, Ball Power really had a lot going for it: great songs, inspirational playing, attitude to burn and an experimental edge that would have frightened the hell out of any lesser band. The overall excellence of Ball Power makes for quality listening all the way through.
The songs range from the crunching, melodic hard rock of ‘Flash’ and ‘Hey! What’s Your Name’ to the simple, raw rock’n’roll of ‘Mama Don’t Get Me Wrong’ and ‘Won’t You Make Up Your Mind’ (a proto-typical punk ball-tearer at a breathtakingly brief one minute and 32 seconds) and a raucous cover of the Jerry Lee Lewis standard ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’’. In between there are the sleazy blues of ‘Something New’ and ‘B.P.R.’ plus progressive, guitar-heavy monsters like ‘Human Being’ and ‘That’s What Mama Said’.
Pressed at RTI in the US, the sound quality is amazing. Comes housed in a gatefold LP, like this original with 180-gm vinyl and a decorative obi strip. Limited to 1,000 copies, half of which are being shipped overseas to export customers.