Back to the Story

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Back to the Story
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Compilation album by The Idle Race
Released 1996
Re-released 2007
Recorded 1968–1971
Genre Psychedelic rock, rock music
Label EMI Zonophone
Producer Eddie Offord & Gerald Chevin
Jeff Lynne
The Idle Race & Kenneth Young
The Idle Race chronology
Time Is
Back to the Story
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Back to the Story is a compilation box set by sixties band The Idle Race. the box set contains all three official studio albums and non album singles and b-sides, released in 1996 on EMI's short-lived "Premier" series and the original CD featured the earliest known tracks featuring Jeff Lynne in The Nightriders it quickly went out of print. In 2007 the 2-CD set was re-released on EMI's newly reconstituted "Zonophone" label minus the Nightriders tracks.


  • CD One

(The Birthday Party)

  1. The Skeleton And The Roundabout
  2. Happy Birthday
  3. The Birthday
  4. I Like My Toys
  5. Morning Sunshine
  6. Follow Me Follow
  7. Sitting In My Tree (mono)
  8. On With The Show
  9. Lucky Man
  10. (Don't Put Your Boys In The Army) Mrs. Ward
  11. Pie In The Sky
  12. The Lady who Said She Could Fly
  13. End Of The Road

(Idle Race)

  1. Come With Me (rechanneled to simulate stereo)
  2. Sea Of Dreams
  3. Going Home
  4. Reminds Me Of You
  5. Mr. Crow and Sir Norman
  6. Please No More Sad Songs
  7. Girl At The Window
  8. Big Chief Woolley Bosher
  9. Someone Knocking
  10. A Better Life (The Weather Man Knows)
  11. Hurry Up John

Alternative Versions

  1. Lucky Man (mono)
  2. Follow Me Follow (mono)
  3. Days Of Broken Arrows (mono)
  • CD Two

(Non-album Tracks)

  1. (Here We Go 'Round) The Lemon Tree (mono)
  2. My Father's Son (mono)
  3. Imposters Of Life's Magazine (mono)
  4. Knocking Nails Into My House (mono)
  5. Days Of The Broken Arrows (mono)
  6. Worn Red Carpet (mono)
  7. In The Summertime
  8. Told You Twice
  9. Neanderthal Man (rechanneled to simulate stereo)
  10. Victim Of Circumstance ((rechanneled to simulate stereo)

(Time Is)

  1. Dancing Flower
  2. Sad O'Sad
  3. The Clock
  4. I Will See You
  5. By The Sun
  6. Alcatraz
  7. And The Rain
  8. She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune
  9. Bitter Green
  10. We Want It All
  • 21. It's Only the Dog (mono)
  • 22. Your Friend (mono)
  • These last two tracks by The Nightriders appear only on the original 1996 release