|Recorded||July 1977, Los Angeles, California|
|Steve Hillage chronology|
Motivation Radio is the third studio album by British progressive rock musician Steve Hillage. It was recorded primarily in California, and was produced and engineered by Malcolm Cecil, of TONTO's Expanding Headband. TONTO, a large handbuilt polyphonic synthesiser, stands for "The Original New Timbral Orchestra", and was used on this album.
The album entered the UK charts on 22 October 1977, where it stayed for 5 weeks, hitting a peak of number 28.
The cover features Hillage standing on a shoreline, with a large radio telescope in the background further along the bay. The radio telescope in the cover art appears to be a photograph of the Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, superimposed on a shoreline picture.
The glissando guitar, the hallmark of this album, was intentionally recorded on 7 July 1977 (7/7/77) to give the record mystical relevance.
- "Hello Dawn" - 2:48
- "Motivation" - 4:07
- "Light in the Sky" - 4:12
- "Radio" - 6:13
- "Wait One Moment" - 3:25
- "Saucer Surfing" - 4:28
- "Searching for the Spark" - 5:38
- "Octave Doctors" - 3:38
- "Not Fade Away (Glid Forever)" - 4:00 (Norman Petty, Glen Hardin)
Musicians and Production
- Steve Hillage – guitar, synthesizer, vocals
- Joe Blocker – drums
- Reggie McBride – bass
- Malcolm Cecil – synthesizer
- Miquette Giraudy – synthesizer
- Music composed and arranged by Steve Hillage
- Recorded : July 1977 at Record Plant, T.O.N.T.O. and Westlake Audio in Los Angeles, CA.
- Produced by Malcolm Cecil