The Idle Race

The Idle Race was an English pop-psych band from Birmingham, best known for the 1967 single “Imposters of Life’s Magazine” and the 1968/69 albums The Birthday Party and Idle Race. Singer Jeff Lynne joined Roy Wood in The Move, which morphed into the Electric Light Orchestra. Members: Greg Masters (bass, vocals, 1966-72), Roger Spencer (drums, […]

The Idle Race – The Birthday Party (1968)

The Birthday Party is the debut album by Brummie pop-psych foursome the Idle Race, released in 1968 on Liberty. Tracklist: A1. “The Skeleton and the Roundabout” (2:26)* A2. “Happy Birthday” (0:23) A3. “The Birthday” (3:00) A4. “I Like My Toys” (2:12) A5. “Morning Sunshine” (1:48) A6. “Follow Me, Follow” (2:48) A7. “Sitting in My Tree” […]

The Move

The Move was an English rock band from Birmingham that achieved UK fame with the 1967–68 pop-psych singles “Night of Fear,” “I Can Hear the Grass Grow,” “Flowers In the Rain,” and “Fire Brigade,” all written by guitarist Roy Wood. After their long-awaited album Move, they charted with the non-album 1968–69 singles “Blackberry Way,” “Wild […]

The Move – Message From the Country (1971)

Message From the Country is the fourth and final album by Brummie art-rock/pop trio The Move, released in June 1971 on Harvest. The recording sessions ran concurrently with the band’s first undertaking as the Electric Light Orchestra — their avant/chamber-rock side project — the fruits of which went public that December. Tracklist: A1. “Message From […]

Electric Light Orchestra

Electric Light Orchestra is an English rock band that released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986. Conceived by multi-instrumentalists Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne, ELO started as an avant-garde spinoff of The Move with drummer Bev Bevan. After one album of psychedelic baroque rock, Wood departed for Wizzard, leaving Lynne to head a septet […]

Electric Light Orchestra – The Electric Light Orchestra (1971)

The Electric Light Orchestra is the debut album by the namesake English symphonic-pop/art-rock combo, released in December 1971 on Harvest. Initially conceived by musicians Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne as an avant-garde side-project to their main engagements in The Move, the concept ultimately took on its own life in Wood’s absence. The album was recorded […]

Electric Light Orchestra – On the Third Day (1973)

On the Third Day is the third album by English symphonic-pop ensemble Electric Light Orchestra, released in 1973 on Warner/U.A. Tracklist: A1. “Ocean Breakup / King of the Universe” (4:08) A2. “Bluebird Is Dead” (4:45) A3. “Oh No Not Susan” (2:54) A4. “New World Rising / Ocean Breakup Reprise” (4:25) A5. “Showdown” (4:15) B1. “Daybreaker” […]