Various Artists

Five by 4, Vol. 1

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Five songs apiece by four Australian '60s acts who had some success at home, but none overseas--Tony Worsley, Mike Furber, the Allusions, and Steve & the Board. The Allusions' portion stands streets above the rest, with tough, melodic, quality Beatlesque originals; "The Dancer" (which bears an uncomfortably close resemblance to Lennon-McCartney's "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You") is one of the best Beatle soundalike tunes ever waxed. The rest of the program declines by degrees--Tony Worsley offers rather inept Brit-styled rock and R&B covers, Mike Furber is an average pop singer. Steve & the Board's middling garage-pop-rock is better; give them points for warped originality on their lyric "I call my woman hinges, 'cause she's something to adore." The LP's worth seeking for the Allusions tracks, if nothing else.