Monday, 21 April 2014

RSD14 Gallery: The Birthday Party [The Idle Race]

#702: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Some forty six [46] years after the original release in 1968, "The Birthday Party" by The Idle Race saw a limited edition gold vinyl re-release on Saturday 19th April as part of the seventh Record Store Day [RSD14] event with just 4,000 copies pressed for worldwide distribution and a limited number of copies being made available in the UK. Originally issued on Liberty Records [#LBF15026], the much sought after re-issue was released on Parlophone Records [#0825646335374] with this brief overview by the folks at RSD14:

"The band that served as a springboard for Jeff Lynne. Re-issued on gold vinyl, with stereo audio and the original UK gatefold artwork."
This photo courtesy of A Jeff Lynne And Related Blog ...
This photo courtesy of Sir Jeff Cooper ...
Here's hoping that the bands second eponymously titled album "The Idle Race" - produced, of course, by Jeff Lynne - will also find its way onto vinyl for Record Store Day 2015 or beyond!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 21-Apr-2014


  1. Have an original copy, Roger the drummer is my uncle.

    1. Hi! I've bumped into Roger and Bonnie on many occasions. He's a fab chap and always obliging. This selection of related KJS/ELOBF articles might also be of interest to you ... KJS@elobf:
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