1. Theme From Mission Impossible
MIKE HURST became a Record Producer more by luck than judgement. When The SPRINGFIELDS broke up in October 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 young 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 with very little in the centre, thus creating, through echo, a wall of sound across the spectrum as a whole.
The album was originally called ‘Drivetime’, to fit in with what was then the prime time on US radio, and was recorded in 1969 at Olympic Sound, Barnes, London, with a 45 piece orchestra, three arrangers, and some wonderful individual world famous jazz musicians.
…a nifty collection of athemic classics…plus there's a chance to hear the unique stereo effects of the day.
East Anglian Preview (May 2003)
This album will appeal to those who think that James Last is the maestro…
Feedback (July 2003)
…it's all a bit Radio 2 but still good for all that!
Bernard Law, Classic Rock Society (Nov/Dec 2003)
...offers up that queerest of notions, a grandiose attempt to translate American radio's penchant for "drive-time" music to the British airwaves...though 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 Mark Wirtz all tried their hands at such things), it towers above almost all of them.
Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine(July 2003)
...Tony Hatch meets Parnell! Like I say, very different but strangely warm and cosy!
Modern Dance (March 2004)