Idle Race (album)

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Idle Race
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Studio album by The Idle Race
Released 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Psychedelic pop
Label Liberty Records
Producer Jeff Lynne
The Idle Race chronology
The Birthday Party
(1968)The Birthday Party1968
Idle Race
Time Is
(1971)Time Is1971
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Idle Race is the self-titled second album by The Idle Race, the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed debut, "The Birthday Party".

Released in November 1969, this record was the first to be produced by Jeff Lynne. While the album was more straightforward and poppy than its predecessor, like the first Idle Race offering, it failed to crack the charts. Flustered, Lynne decided to accept Roy Wood's invitation to join fellow Brum band The Move.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Jeff Lynne; except where indicated

  1. "Come With Me" - 2:45 (rechanneled to simulate stereo)
  2. "Sea Of Dreams" - 3:13
  3. "Going Home" - 3:44
  4. "Reminds Me Of You" (Dave Pritchard) - 2:54
  5. "Mr. Crow and Sir Norman" - 3:17
  6. "Please No More Sad Songs" - 3:20
  7. "Girl At The Window" - 3:44
  8. "Big Chief Woolly Bosher" - 5:15
  9. "Someone Knocking" (Dave Pritchard) - 2:56
  10. "A Better Life (The Weatherman Knows)" - 2:45
  11. "Hurry Up John" - 3:33


  • Jeff Lynne - vocals, guitar, piano
  • Dave Pritchard - guitar, vocals
  • Greg Masters - bass guitar, vocals
  • Roger Spencer - drums, vocals