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


Free U.S. shipping!  An 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 an 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 pressing on the Liberty label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M-, with a couple of tiny corner dents.

The disc is M- with a couple of very faint sleeve scuffs.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a scarce ELO-related item and a pretty good LP, too.

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.

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