Back To The Story
(Regal Zonophone)


EMI Records in the U.K. relaunches the fabled Regal Zonophone label with their 2007 remaster of The Idle Race - Back To The Story. Before he joined The Move and formed Electric Light Orchestra with the great Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne was a key figure in The Idle Race. Back To The Story collects and compiles 47 tracks representing the bands two full length albums—Birthday Party (1968) and Idle Race (1969)—on disc one, with a second CD featuring ten non album tracks and a 1971 album recorded without Lynne entitled Time Is, with songs penned by the band’s cofounder Dave Pritchard. Key to the early success of the Idle Race was future Yes producer Eddie Offord, who worked closely with the band on their first 1967 album. Interestingly, the gatefold sleeve of The Birthday Party revealed a photo montage featuring IR famous friends like The Move, The Beatles, Brian Jones and Hank Marvin. Interestingly, Roy Wood first asked Lynne to join The Move back in 1969, but Lynne refused, instead moving on with recording the second, self-titled Idle Race album. By 1970, Lynne had indeed joined The Move in time for their groundbreaking, and underrated Looking On album. With excellent in depth liner notes and rare photos, Back To The Story is the first ever Idle Race compilation to recall the band’s entire history. Highlighting Jeff Lynne’s early genius for crafting pop classics, the double CD set spotlights an overlooked, yet completely essential slice of British rock history.


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