Idle Race (ELO) – The Birthday Party sealed 1968 U.S. LP with Jeff Lynne


Free U.S. shipping!  A still sealed original U.S. pressing of The Birthday Party by the Idle Race, featuring Jeff Lynne of ELO.

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Offered for sale is a still sealed original U.S. copy of The Birthday Party by the Idle Race, featuring Jeff Lynne of ELO.

About this copy: This copy of The Birthday Party is a 1968 U.S.  pressing on the Liberty label.

As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.

The wrap is largely intact; there are several tears at the mouth and very small tears in the wrap at the upper left and lower right corners.  We have secured the wrap with tape to prevent further tearing.

This copy does not have any cutout marks – no punch holes, cut corners, or saw marks.

A nice copy of a scarce ELO-related item and a pretty good LP, too.  This is the only sealed copy we’ve ever seen.

Background: Released in 1968, The Birthday Party was the first album by the Idle Race, and the only one to be released in the United States.

The album did not chart. gave The Birthday Party a 4 star review:

The debut album by this unjustly overlooked band is a piece of classic British psychedelia that transcends its origins. Most British bands trying to achieve a psychedelic sound in those days simply played softly and sang in a very effete and poetic manner — the Idle Race, by contrast, play hard here and don’t sound effete so much as just cheerfully trippy, a lot like the Beatles of “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever”; indeed, “End of the Road” from this album sounds like a rewrite of “Penny Lane.” Jeff Lynne is the dominant personality here, as composer, guitarist, and singer, and, as one might expect given his presence, the music all has a Beatles-like quality of playfulness amid the musical invention.

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Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Liberty
Catalog Number:
LST 7603
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in