The Allusions

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The Allusions' sole album was a bit of a compromised affair, with four tracks already having seen release the previous year on 1966 singles, and a few cover versions (the Miracles' "Shop Around," the Kinks' "I Gotta Move," and especially the standard "I Believe") that seemed like obvious filler. Still, at its best it's very good British Invasion-styled mid-'60s Australia rock, even if the best tracks by far are those 1966 singles (the Beatlesque "The Dancer," a gritty cover of Rick Nelson's "Gypsy Woman," and the ominous garage-pop "Looks Like Trouble"). In contrast, the original material that hadn't seen the light of day before 1967 was on the lighter side. Still, certainly tracks like "I'll Be Home" and "Lady of Leisure" showed a knack for pleasantly emulating the poppier side of the British Invasion, as if their boat had somehow been misdirected from Manchester to Melbourne. On "Blue Tomorrow," they sound a little like a gutsier variation on Gary Lewis & the Playboys; "In My Solitude" takes a more dated melodramatic Elvis Presley/Roy Orbison beat ballad approach. All 14 of the tracks are on the CD compilation Anthology 1966-1968, a recommended alternative both because it has seven additional songs and it's far easier to find than an original copy of this Australian LP.