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24 June 2016

Mike Hurst Orchestra - ''Drivetime'' (1969)

Mike Hurst Orchestra - ''Drivetime'' (1969)
Angel Air Records SJPCD123

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Tracklist:
01.Theme From Mission Impossible
02.Theme From The Wild Ones
03.Image
04.Theme From Route 66
05.Almost There
06.Good Vibrations
07.Macarthur Park
08.West Side Story-The Jets Song
09.Wednesday’s Child (Theme From Quiller Memorandum)
10.West Side Story-Cool
11.Theme From April Fools
12.Sound Of Silence

MIKE HURST became a record producer more by luck than judgement. When the SPRINGFIELDS broke up in 1963 he started his own band with JIMMY PAGE, ALBERT LEE and TONY ASHTON but found little success! So in 1965 he became a record producer initially working for ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM and MICKIE MOST before finding in 1965 a very joung CAT STEVENS. He then became 'hot' and over the next 5 years produced SPENCER DAVIS GROUP, MARC BOLAN, MANFRED MANN, PP ARNOLD, to name a few. During 1969 The Mike Hurst Orchestra recordings originated from an idea by Len Levy of Metromedia, and ex Pres of Epic Records to make an orchestral album in Phase 4 stereo. Phase 4 was originally a Decca concept. Simply put, it was a stereo mix wth with very litle in the centre, thus creating, through echo, a wall of sound across the spectrum as a whole. Metromedia collapsed in 1969 so the album was never released. Mike sat on the tapes, and now, they can be listened to having just been remastered in another century.

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