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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.