Guest review - by Alex Gitlin
We don't get a lot of info here in the States about Aussie rock acts, but for those who are curious it's not a big secret that Lobby's sort of like a God Downunda, in the rock world, that is. Or at the very least, the king of rock'n'roll. To be more accurate, it's down to him and Billy Thorpe. Between the two of them, no stone has been left unturned, honestly! So it's little wonder that for the recent tribute concert, stars of Aussie rock'n'roll came out in spades. And despite his poor health these days, ever the trooper, Lobby and his band headlined and played a blinding set – according to a recent review in a prominent British music magazine.
For the fans of Lobby Loyde and Coloured Balls, the latest Aztec remasters are like manna from heaven - lavishly designed, with exhaustive liner notes and of course a bevy of terrific bonus cuts, including both rare live tracks and B-sides, who could ask for more! So far you've got 'Obsecration', 'Ball Power' and the best one of the lot, 'Heavy Metal Kid'. Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs fans may beg to differ, but this is THE definitive 70s Aussie rock'n'roll album, matching vintage Status Quo blow for blow and riff for bloody riff. This one pulls no punches. From the 'Big Fat Mama'-like title track to the no-nonsense heads-down boogie of 'Do It', 'Dance To The Music', 'Just Because' and especially 'Back To You'. Although this album also has plenty of variety, texture and nuance - as exemplified by the gentle ballad ‘See What I mean’, the sheer synth madness of 'Tin Tango', the almost James Bond-like vibe of ‘Private Eye’ and the doo-wop revival of 'Need Your Love'. And there's also an old Leiber/Stoller chestnut '(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care'. So, in short, a little bit of something for everyone. Which can't be a bad thing.
It is a thrill to see a weighty classic like this get a second lease on life. We, fans around the world, wish Lobby all the best, long may he continue carrying the torch of rock'n'roll!