Idle Race - Birthday Party - 2CD
In late 1966 Birmingham band The Idle Race were looking for a new guitarist. The successful applicant was local teenager Jeff Lynne. By the time the band signed to Liberty Records, the prodigiously talented Lynne had been promoted to frontman status, blossoming as the band's chief songwriter while also taking lead vocals. Issued in October 1968, the idiosyncratic "The Birthday Party" gave notice of a major new talent on the British pop scene.
A dazzling creation that matched Beatle-ish melodic flair and witty, surreal vignettes with the heightened ambition of psych era British studio pop. Now acknowledged as a classic album of song based British psychedelic pop, "The Birthday Party" finally gets the attention that it deserves with this definitive new 2 CD package. The original stereo album is joined by alternative versions, stand alone singles and, most notably of all, the first ever official CD release of the original, substantially different mono version of the LP, taken from the original masters. A digipak release, this essential set features a 24 page booklet containing numerous rare photos and memorabilia as well as a new essay on the album.