Sound Motivation (Troubadour TCS-73061) 1973 Australia *
It’s amazing what a cheesy organ, some crude electric guitar and a basic set of drums can accomplish. I didn’t hold out much hope for this co-ed Australian male/female foursome and their custom record, given the conservative matching clothes and song choices like ‘Keep On Singing’ and ‘I Don’t Know Why’. As it turns out, Sound Motivation has a wonderful primitive stumble-along electric ‘60s beat style overlaid with groovy sunshine harmonies. That go-go organ is everywhere and it’s the quintessence of cheese, lovingly saturating the entire record and endowing it with a low-tech dated splendor. Chugging electric guitar and sturdy drums provide the rest of the story, energizing cuts like ‘Jesus Is Alive’, ‘New 23rd’ and ‘Singing In The Morning’. Even a couple mod fun-loving Shadows-like instrumentals with guitar solos (‘Restless Ones’ and ‘I Don’t Know What I’d Do’). The guys handle the electric guitar and electric bass, while the girls sit proudly behind their organ and drum kit. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet.