Postage: UK £4. Europe £10. Rest of World £14. ALL signed for. – NOTE: I now apply the Ebay ‘4-day’ rule for non-payment.
Artist or Band: THE IDLE RACE
Album Title: The Birthday Party.
Producer(s): Eddie Offord, Gerald Chevin & Idle Race.
Side 1: Skeleton and the Roundabout; Happy Birthday; Birthday; I Like My Toys; Morning Sunshine; Follow Me, Follow; Sitting in My Tree.
Side 2: On With the Show; Lucky Man; Don’t Put Your Boys in the Army, Mrs Ward; Pie in the Sky; The Lady Who Said She Could Fly; End of the Road.
Label/Format: Liberty – Original blue format (Please see my label scan).
Label Conditions: Both very clean, fresh and attractive with only light, fine and faint spindle marks and no wear around the hole area.
Cat Number: LBS 83132.
Mode / Speed: Stereo / 33.3 rpm.
Warps: Assume all records I offer have no warping of any significance and all tracking is easy and effortless and should play on all turntables and even ‘budget’ decks.
Weight of this Record: 140 grams. A very good weight for any record.
Country of Manufacture: England.
Rarity: Rare and lightly played copies are even rarer. This is a an elusive album.
Original Year of Release: 1968
Matrix Nos: LBS 83132 A // 1 / LBS 83132 B // 1
Musicians: Jeff Lynne - vocals, guitar, piano; Dave Pritchard - guitar, vocals; Greg Masters - bass guitar, vocals; Roger Spencer - drums, vocals.
Brief Info: A superb concept type debut album blending psychedelia with pop with the majority of the songs written by a young Jeff Lynne. Although it received good press on issue, it failed to sell well and is a very elusive album to find. Even from these early days, it was clear Lynne was a special talent and this later blossomed into huge sales with the Electric Light Orchestra. The band played many radio sessions and airplay was not the cause for the lack of sales – The Idle Race simply could not buy a hit and the split in 1970 became inevitable. Not only is this a superb album it was also brilliantly packaged in a gatefold cover. The centrefold comprises a vast party with tables of celebrities – the full ‘guest list’ was as follows:
1. Richard Starkey, M.B.E. 2. Stuart Henry, D.J. 3. Jimmy Young, D.J. 4. Jeff Lynne, Idle Race Aged 8, 5. Tony Blackburn, D.J. 6. Alan Freeman, D.J. 7. Kenny Everett, D.J. 8. Lyndon Johnson, Politician 9. “Ace” Kefford, Move 10. Hob Holness, D.J. 11. Paul Whitehead, Artist/Designer 12. Little Richard 13. Oliver Hardy 14. An elderly fan 15. Pete Myers, D.J. 16. Tommy Steele 17. Gregory Masters, Idle Race 18. John Lennon, M.B.E. 19. Robin Scott, Controller of Radios 1 & 2 20. Duncan Johnson, D.J. 21. Hank B. Marvin, Shadows Lead Guitar 22. Frankie Lyman 23. George Harrison, M.B.E. 24. Paul McCartney, M.B.E. 25. Roy Wood, Move (Formely with Idle Race) 26. Dave Pritchard, Rhythm Guitar & Vocals, Idle Race 27. Jeff Lynne, Vocal & Lead Guitar, Idle Race 28. Gregg Masters, Bass Guitar Vocals, Idle Race 29. Gordon Andrews 30. Brian Jones 31. Roger Spencer, Drums & Vocals, Idle Race 32. Bob Reisdorff, Director Liberty Records 33. Chris Denning, D.J. 34. Terry Wogan, D.J. 35. Mike Lennox, D.J. 36. Mr. Ten Per Cent 37. Mrs. Dave Pritchard 38. Duke of Windsor 39. Pete Drummond, D.J. 40. Jonathan King, T.V. Personality, musician and Scholar 41. Bev Bevan, Move 42. Barry Alldis, D.J. 43. Ray Williams, Sugartown publisher and Idle Race Manager 44. Jimmy Saville, D.J. and T.V. Personality 45. Edward Offord, Produces Idle Race Records 46. Hughie (Double Your Money) Greene 47. Keith Skues, D.J. 48. Gerald Chevin, Idle Race Record Producer 49. Warren Mitchell (Alf Garnett) 50. Andrew Lauder, Production Libtery Records 51. David Ryder, D.J. 52. Dave Cash, D.J. 53. Martin Davis, Director Liberty Records 54. Roy Wood (as he was with The Idle Race, 1965) 55. Emperor Rosko, D.J. 56. Stevie Winwood, Traffic 57. Johnny Moran, D.J. 58. David Symonds, D.J. 59. Pete Brady, D.J. 60. Frankie Vaughan 61. Scott Walker (Aged 16) 62. Mike Raven, ...