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  • Personnel: Steve Hillage (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, guitar synthesizer); Miquette Giraudy (vocals, synthesizer); Joe Blocker (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
  • Liner Note Author: Steve Hillage.
  • Recording information: Manor Studios, Oxfordshire, England (1974-1975).
  • Those in tune with being transported through music will want to station themselves near the speakers for Motivation Radio. Call it the "light side of the moon," this album draws the listener into its own astral plane with a glossy and gauzy sound similar to Pink Floyd without the darkness, or Alan Parsons Project without the dorkiness. The new age/space ideology isn't far removed from Gong's original alternate reality (remember the Octave Doctors?), spelled out best during the album's true point of transmigration, "Saucer Surfing." Hillage's guitar work is typically transcendent, Giraudy's keyboards a vital component (note the Doctor Who-isms of "Searching for the Spark"), and Joe Blocker's drums a frequent breath of change. Steve Hillage doesn't have the vocal presence to reach out to listeners; at best, he can meet them halfway. Motivation Radio works as well as it does because it draws listeners to that halfway point (and beyond), steering them with spiritual signposts and rewarding them with rapturous music. It's a remarkably smooth journey, more accessible than L, if equally cosmic. Again, it was an idiomatic cover tune, "Not Fade Away," that became the single; though an odd way to end the record, it wouldn't have made any sense in the middle. The rest of the record is a contiguous collection of music. So tune in and bliss out. ~ Dave Connolly
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.89) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] the hot rhythm section of Joe Blocker and Reggie McBride shimmying and strutting on a par with the Blockheads."
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