See for Miles' 1990 compilation The Best of Idle Race contains a generous 25 tracks – just over half of what the Idle Race recorded. This means that it does have the great majority of the best material the band recorded, and it would satisfy everyone outside of the rabid collectors who need anything. The catch is, if you're into the Idle Race, you need everything, so this collection is essentially a stopgap until you can track down (or afford) EMI's 1996 complete collection, Back to the Story. Even then, this may be a little more listenable, since it boils the group's interesting but erratic career to its very best – which is obscure British psych at its best (in other words, it's for the collectors who will seek it out, not anyone else).
Two Original Albums on a Single CD from the Band that was the Immediate Precursor of the Move and Eventually Electric Light Orchestra. The Self-titled "Idle Race" was the Group's Second Album and First Appeared in 1969 on the Liberty Records Label and "Time Is" was Released in 1971 on the Regal/Zonophone Label, Both Associated with EMI. "Idle Race" was Produced by the Band's Most Famous Ex-member, Jeff Lynne, but He Left the Group Shortly after the It's Release for the Move…
After almost half a year in the making, The Birthday Party was released in the UK during October 1968 and was one of the first albums to be housed in a gatefold sleeve (the first of course was by the Beatles). Jeff, Greg, Dave and Roger lounge rather dapperly around an oversized invitation asking one and all to come to their first birthday party.
Before making history together with the Move and then ELO, Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne both did time in the British psych-rock oddity the Idle Race. Though they were only in the band together briefly, the Race proved to be a testing ground for many of the ideas the two would bring to fruition–both together and separately–with their many subsequent projects. BACK TO THE STORY, originally released in 1996, collects the band's three studio albums, as well as alternate takes, demos, and rarities. It's a must-have for fans of Wood and Lynne, yet is also a key piece for those attempting to complete the vast and complicated puzzle that is British rock in the 1960s and '70s.
Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra is a compilation album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), released in 1995 only in the US. The compilation favours album versions rather than single versions; tracks such as "Rock 'n' Roll Is King", "Shine a Little Love" and "Boy Blue" are longer. The compilation is sequenced chronologically and is based around US singles sans 3 from Xanadu, with exception of the European hit "Rockaria!" on disc one.
This latest release from Eagle Records, the people who brought us rather nice CD pressings of concert recordings from ELO’s 1975 and 1978 tours, is a collection of studio numbers from the band’s appearances on BBC Radio’s Bob Harris Sessions show between 1972 and 1974.
Remastered in 1998 from the "true clean mix" stereo master tape (not used for the original Warner Bros. vinyl LP) and released only in the UK and Europe. 8-page color booklet has in-depth sleeve notes, interview with Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan, rare photos plus full original artwork from the original 1974 release. Hear ELO performing a mix of original material and covers, surrounded by the excited screams of an American audience discovering "the English guys with the big fiddles"!
2nd album by Montana power pop group Secret Powers. If you believe Jeff Lynne to be Almighty, then "Praise be to Mr. Blue Sky, 'tis a Strange Magic that allows the Evil Woman to leadest thou to Xanadu.
What A Find! Walk with me a bit here: Imagine a mixture of the first Jellyfish, Bleu Ben Folds Five (the good stuff), ELO, Billy Joel, Elton John and you have an idea of the Secret Powers.
Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) were a British rock group from Birmingham, England, who released eleven studio albums between 1971 and 1986 and another album in 2001. ELO were formed to accommodate Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. After Wood's departure following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.