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Australia's first guitar hero, Lobby Loyde surfaced in 1970 with Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs before forming Coloured Balls in 1972, an ahead-of-their-time band that played catchy proto-punk anchored by Loyde's brutally heavy guitar style — a sound that has influenced artists like AC/DC and Kurt Cobain. Frustrated with Coloured Balls' link to Melbourne's violent sharpies (Australian skinheads), Loyde disbanded Coloured Balls and recorded Obsecration in 1974, featured in this 1997 compilation along with various Coloured Balls outtakes. The opening cut is as lengthy as its title, jamming on for over 17 minutes as Loyde mashes '70s hard rock with elements of freeform jazz and pub-rock. Fans of the Groundhogs' Split and Thank Christ for the Bomb will find a familiarity in Loyde's weighty rendition of Bumps Blackwell's of "So Glad You're Mine" and his own "Working Man's Boogie." Though the minor hit "Flash" is curiously absent, "Mama Loves To" makes up for it, as does a roughed-up take on "Johnny B. Goode," perfectly capturing that special moment in music when longhairs blasted '50s rock ‘n’ roll through behemoth ‘70s amps.

Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls, Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls
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  • $15.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Aug 20, 1997

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