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Idle Race - Days Of Broken Arrows Special Edition

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Published on May 16, 2009

The Idle Race were a British cult rock group from Birmingham in the late 1960s and early '70s. In addition to being the springboard for Jeff Lynne, the band holds a place of significance in British Midlands' rock history as a link between Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, the Steve Gibbons Band and Mike Sheridan and The Nightriders.
The core of the group, Nightriders rhythm guitarist Dave Pritchard, bass guitarist Greg Masters and drummer Roger Spencer, was relatively unchanged from 1959 until February 1972. The band went through several incarnations, lead guitarists and lead singers: first Billy King and later, more successfully, with Mike Sheridan, with whom they first rose to prominence and, in 1964, to a record deal with EMI. During this period, Idle Race was also, as one member later termed it, a very "schizophrenic" band. While their records were awash in pop hooks, acid backdrops and lilting harmonies, they were a much heavier act in a live setting. Lynne's early trademark around the clubs and colleges was his ability to coax an unusual "violin" sound out of his guitar, while Masters would occasionally take a bow to his Hofner bass. In addition to original material, their set list included extended covers of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild," The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Purple Haze," Moby Grape's "Hey Grandma," The Lemon Pipers' "Blueberry Blue," The Doors' "Love Me Two Times," and an electric version of "Debora" by Tyrannosaurus Rex. "Days of the Broken Arrows" appears on the album Back To The Story. i combined both versions to create one special long version. I created a stereo track from the original mono track. I restored them and remastered for best sound possible. I created this video and dubbed the new track over it. Hope you enjoy it! Note: Contains contains content
owned by EMI.

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  • Music

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    • The Idle Race
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    • Back To The Story
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    • WMG (on behalf of EMI Catalogue); EMI Music Publishing, and 1 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

  • Artist

    • The Idle Race
  • Album

    • Back To The Story
  • Licensed by

    • WMG (on behalf of EMI Catalogue); EMI Music Publishing

Comments • 18

elodevi
Super job.. And excellent song- Thanks
Beat Brunner
Idle Race were a great Band but They had no Success. I can't unterstand why.
FinnMove
Great video ! The Idle Race was criminally underrated group in the late 1960´s. Jeff Lynne made about 25 catchy songs but no commercial success. Maybe they were however too special to the major audience to understand.
Peter Byker
This is one of the finest artifacts ever found on YouTube. Just outstanding in all respects, MoveJeffLynnElo, thanks a million.
fairfaxhs
Thanks. My favorite song by them.
fairfaxhs
Re-created stereo is better than no stereo at all.
Léonard Michalon
Bonjour, vous aimez les sixties ? écoutez et podcastez mon émission "le super son des 60's" sur le site de plumfm. You like the 60's ? please, listen and podcast my broadcast "le super son des 60's", connect to "plumfm". Salut et faites gaffe au rock and roll. 
Bill Lloyd
Actually George Masters didn't join until 1963
Benjamin Rouse
Excellent quality combined with an excellent song!
david pritchard
workin late enjoying listening to me dad n jeff et all .. nice mix
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