Idle Race, The - Schizophrenic Psychedelia [LP] (Clear Colored 180 Gra - UrbanVinylStore

Idle Race, The - Schizophrenic Psychedelia [LP] (Clear Colored 180 Gram Vinyl, single pocket tip-on style jacket, liner notes, limited)

The Idle Race were a British rock group from Birmingham in the late 1960s and early 1970s
who garnered a cult following but never enjoyed mass commercial success. In addition
to being the springboard for Jeff Lynne's career, the band holds a place of significance in
British pop-rock history as a link between The Move, Electric Light Orchestra, The Steve
Gibbons Band and Mike Sheridan & The Nightriders. The band was initially formed in 1959
under the name of Billy King and The Nightriders; and consisted of core-members rhythm
guitarist Dave Pritchard and drummer Roger Spencer, along with vocalist Billy King, bassist
Brian Cope, and lead guitarist Al Johnson. In 1962, King departed and was replaced by
Mike Tyler who changed his name to Sheridan and this change coincided with the band's
rise and gaining a record deal with EMI in 1964. Around this time Cope was replaced by
Greg Masters and Johnson by lead guitarist, Roy Wood. Wood who went on to find greater
success in subsequent bands, had his first commercially released composition, ''Make
Them Understand,'' with the Nightriders in 1965. By 1965 Wood formed the Move and the
band started touring by 1966. Johnny Mann was eventually replaced by Jeff Lynne-who
at the time was an unknown guitar prodigy from Birmingham. They released one single in
1966 on Polydor-''It's Only The Dog/Your Friend'' featuring Lynne on lead guitar. Eager to
showcase Lynne's vocal and guitar skills as well as his growing cache of catchy Beatlesque
songs and wishing to embrace the psychedelic movement of the time, the group changed its
name, first to The Idyll Race and then The Idle Race. Roy Wood who had become a star as The
Move became a successful chart act, helped arrange a partnership with producers Eddie
Offord and Gerald Chevin for The Idle Race. In 1967, the band was the first major signing
by the new British arm of Liberty Records. Only their first single (not issued in the UK) and
their first album got released in the US on Liberty. The band was well received by the press
for their melodies, whimsical lyrics and inventive production. They often appeared live in
performance with such bands as The Spencer Davis Group, The Who, The Small Face, Pink
Floyd, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Yes and Free. BBC disc jockeys such
as John Peel and Kenny Everett were big champions of the group. Despite critical respect
and famous admirers such as The Beatles and Marc Bolan, The Idle Race failed to catch fire
with the public. After suffering through bad luck that sabotaged their efforts in releasing
singles ''Here We Go 'Round The Lemon Tree,'' ''The Skeleton and the Roundabout,'' and ''The
End Of The Road,'' the band splintered, leaving in their wake several of the quirkiest and most
distinctive pop records of the psychedelic era.

Side A
1 (Here We Go) Round the Lemon Tree B
2 My Father's Son B
3 Impostor's of Life's Magazine B
4 Sitting in My Tree B
5 The Skeleton and the Roundabout N
6 Knocking Nails Into My House B
7 End of the Road N
8 Morning Sunshine N
9 Days of Broken Arrows B

Side B
1 Worn Red Carpet B
2 Neanderthal Man B
3 Victim of Circumstance B
4 In the Summertime N
5 Told You Twice N
6 Lucky Man E
7 Follow Me Follow E

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