COLOURED BALLS: Ball Power: LP

A nice thing about the rise of enthusiasm for 1970s Australian rock is the number of gems being unearthed and reissued. Coloured Balls’ Ball Power is an awesome slab of full-on Aussie rock. Although blazing rock guitar drives the album, it has been described repeatedly as proto punk. The vocalist has a raspy delivery. Combined with rowdy backup vocals, the album occasionally veers into predating oi outfits. The Decca Cocksparrer recordings have a rocking feel that comes to mind. If the oi comparison turns you off, the choruses often snap back into power pop sensibilities that are catchy as hell. The album came out around during a time when both AC/DC and The Saints were forming. Ball Power rides a pub rock train right down the middle.

 –Billups Allen (Sing Sing)