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Mike Hurst Orchestra • Drivetime



Review by Dave Thompson:
Originally recorded in 1969 but unreleased for 34 years, Drivetime was a grandiose concept that attempted to translate American radio's penchant for "drive-time" music to the British airwaves. A massively orchestrated blend of movie themes, pop gems and rock & roll classics, all were selected with one thing in mind: It was music to drive to. The fact that Britain could scarcely boast anything even remotely approaching the American culture of motorvating does not appear to have crossed Mike Hurst's mind. Armed with a 49-strong backing band drawn from both classical and jazz circles, he not only rearranged, but utterly reinvigorated the likes of "Route 66" and "Sounds of Silence". He tackled "Good Vibrations" with an aplomb that might have given Brian Wilson pause for thought, and he sent themes from The Wild Ones and West Side Story soaring. Although it could readily be filed alongside the similarly orchestral albums being issued by other top producers of the age (Larry Page, Tony Hatch, George Martin, and Andrew Loog Oldham all tried their hands at such things), the result towers above almost all of them.

Editorial Reviews:
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.


Tracklist:
1 - Theme From Mission Impossible
2 - Theme From The Wild Ones
3 - Image
4 - Theme From Route 66
5 - Almost There
6 - Good Vibrations
7 - Macarthur Park
8 - West Side Story-The Jets Song
9 - Wednesday's Child (Theme From Quiller Memorandum)
10 - West Side Story-Cool
11 - Theme From April Fools
12 - Sound Of Silence

Label: Angel Air ‎– SJPCD125
Released: 07 Apr 2003
Genre: Pop, Folk, World, & Country








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