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[ERA : 70s / Hard Rock ]

With the dawning of 1974, the future looked bright for the Coloured Balls. Their album "Ball Power" sat in the Melbourne Top 10 (national #13) and their performance at Sunbury 1974 over the Australia Day weekend had been a triumph. They were at the peak of their powers, one of the country's top live draws. Yet, by the end of the year, fate had intervened and the band was simply crumbling under the weight of outside pressures: EMI calling for hit singles; the national media branding them as anti-social misfits; a wave of violence unfolding at their gigs around the country. The image, perpetrated by the media, sat uneasily with the members of the Coloured Balls - one of the most misunderstood bands of the early 1970s. Fortunately, they left behind another great album in "Heavy Metal Kid". Like "Ball Power", this album retains a power and strength of purpose to this day, displaying an adventurous spirit and further reaffirmation of the band's status as a pioneering progressive / hard rock outfit. One of the standout album tracks 'Back To You' was performed recently when Lobby Loyde was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame (backed by the Aztecs). The band managed one more single 'Bama Lama Baby / Be Your Lover' before disbanding. This single was thought to be their last recording, until a master tape of an unreleased single 'Flying / Around and Around' was discovered. Recorded live in the studio in 1975 with engineer / producer Gil Matthews, these 2 tracks represent the final studio offering from one of Australia's greatest bands. "Heavy Metal Kid" is presented in a 6 panel digi-pak with a 24 page booklet filled with rare photos & liner notes by Ian McFarlane. It has been digitally remastered with 7 bonus tracks. NOTE: This album came out originally under the band name of Colored Balls. They'd made a conscious decision at the time to drop the letter 'u' from the name (because, says Lobby, of the artist's miss-spelling on the Heavy Metal Kid LP cover!); however, for the purposes of continuity, following on from the Aztec Music CD reissue of the band's debut album "Ball Power" we will refer to the band as Coloured Balls.

Heavy Metal Kid * Do It * Just Because * (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care * Private Eye * See What I Mean * Dance to the Music * Yes and No * Back to You * Need Your Love * Sitting Bull * Custer's Last Stand * Metal Feathers * Tin Tango * Summation * BONUS TRACKS : Singles 1973-1974 * Dave the Rave (B-side to Flash) * Love You Babe (A-side) * Shake Me Babe (B-side) * Bama Lama Baby (A-side) * Be Your Lover (B-side) * Previously unreleased 1975 single : Flying * Around & Around

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