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The Balls - Pachaballsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a compiled set of several tracks by the Balls available from varied sources on the web. Nick Kane (Mavericks) heads up this outfit. Rock instros with seriously tight performances and tuff sound.
Picks: Pachelballs, On Three (The Balls...Come Out Swinging), The Ayatollah, Blue Rondo Ala Frank, Panatella, Dog Eat Dog, Last Ride

Track by Track Review


Pachelballs dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Pachelbel's suite turned Christmas classic gets a rockin' treatment with a lot of sophisticated arranging. "Canon" transverses a number of very nice changes with delicacy, drama, and art. This is a really pleasant change from the formula arrangements that are so prevalent.

On Three (The Balls...Come Out Swinging) dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A grand circulating classical riff is driven by jazzy bass and precision frantic drums. "On Three (The Balls...Come Out Swinging)" is a splendid

The Ayatollah dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Ayatollah" is a dark circulating number with a deliberate pace and serious frown. It's heavy in a classical sense, and quite engaging.

Blue Rondo Ala Frank dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dave Bruebeck's amazing jazz classic "Blue Rondo Ala Turk" gets a mathematically precise rock treatment with a sense of tux and tattoos. Rock'n'roll is such a flexible style, lending itself (as here) to virtually any other form. This is excellent!

Panatella dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This relatively strait rock anthem uses sustain and drama to carry it off. The melody is pretty nice, though I didn't find "Panatella" to be particularly memorable.

Dog Eat Dog dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Dog Eat Dog" is a strong rock instro with drive and power. The guitar is big with a commercially viable style. Heavy and aggressive.

Last Ride dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Last Ride" is a long and well developed track, timing out at 6:51. It's sophisticated in a rock 'n' roll way. Thick and lumbering, with a wind blowing through long hair kinda way. Very strong!