Home In My Time
Producers Archives Vol.1
Producers Archives Vol.2
Producers Archive Vol. 3
"Home/In My Time" (SJPCD096)
'Home' the earlier album, is mainly gently paced folky rock, orchestrated in places 'In My Time' treads a similar path but with a very obvious Country slant to many of the songs It is, however, the two bonus tracks which are the real gems of this release. Recorded in 1982 by the short-lived band Sundance, which featured Hurst and Mary Hopkin (of 'Those Were The Days' fame) they are excellent Nicks era Fleetwood Mac style rockers and really showcase Hopkins' wonderful voice.
Steve Ward, Wondrous Stories (December 2001)
Long out of print, the two albums are entertaining in an adult-rock kind of way. Lushly produced, exquisitely played and boasting any number of pleasantly memorable songs .
Goldmine, (March 2002)
this entertaining listen (boasting the talents of Jon Lord, Ian Paice, Tony Ashton, Rod Argent and more) showcases the singer's rich voice.
The music may sound dated but the delivery is polished and well worth a replay.
Peter French, Hartlepool Mail 6 July 2002
As popular music goes this should go far, it's very entertaining and nostalgic. The albums were released in 1970 and 1971 (the bonus tracks by Sundance were recorded in 1982), there's over an hour of music with twenty one songs.
Modern Dance #39 (August 2002)
"Producers Archives Volume 1" (SJPCD123)
On this album, Hurst goes through his attic, dusts off the tapes and shares the treasures and trinkets he unearths There are some absolute gems here
Tony Shevlin, East Anglian Magazine, (November 2002)
Mike Hurst was originally a member of The Springfields and after they broke up he became a record producer This is a collection of bands that he has produced, and it has to be said that some of the songs are interesting (I am always fascinated by songs by Episode Six, just because they are so different to Deep Purple). there is also a song by The Alan Bown Set which features the recording debut of one Robert Palmer.
Feedback (January 2003)
Legendary producer Mike Hurst produced some of pop music's biggest names during his time with labels such as the cutting-edge Deram.
Names that pop up on this new compilation include Paul and Barry Ryan New World, Eddy Grant and Colin Blunstone
The whole album is full of quirky little stories and quirky little songs
The Mercury (January 2003)
The Episode Six track here, 'My Little One', is nothing less than a 60s rock classic Although other tracks blend into a mish-mash of 60s and 70s pop, there are some real gems and rarities, too. The Four Tops' 'For Your Love' is a previously unreleased treasure while Eddie Hardin's 'Resurrection Shuffle' is a classy new wave rocker
Record Collector (January 2003)
whereas some other producers have name-recognition with even non-collectors, Hurst has labored in comparative anonymity.
Producers Archives Volume One might well be the disc to change all that It portrays the full breadth of his vision A record not to miss.
Jo-Anne Greene, Goldmine (February 2003)
The album does no end of good for Hurst as it shows his diversity and ability to deal with all kinds of music from rock, thorugh pop to soul.
Modern Dance (June 2003)
Considering the time range covered by the first two volumes, it’s no surprise that both of them are a kind of a mish mash of sounds, but on each of them you’re most likely to find quite a few classics that never were.
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)
"Producers Archives Volume 2" (SJPCD172)
Musically the set is all over the map, jumping genres and decades in a single bound, but the song-by-song sleevenotes, penned by Hurst himself, helps bring some coherency to what might otherwise prove a terminally eclectic set.
The structure of the second volume’s post’60s segment, is quite superior, featuring Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club’s original version of “Video killed the radio star”, the glammy power-pop ’72 good times of Fumble’s “Rock’n’roll school”, or Lena Zavaroni’s pair of Mann/Weil written early’60s girly pop pieces, released in ’77 (!?).
Still, it’s the ‘60s section that makes it even more worthwhile, with Mike Hurst’s own 1965 recordings of the 12-string acoustic jangle beat of “Show me around” and the one that Mike says he hates called “Anytime that you want me”, though it’s actually a more than a decent beat pop tune, most notable because it features Jimmy Page’s first recorded solo.
MIKE HURST Producers Archives Vol 3 1964-79 (SJPCD302)
A decent enough collection of songs and a look back through the career of one of the top producers of the time
Martin Hutchinson, The Bolton News (May 2009)
...a very enjoyable collection of obscurities and rarities comprising some richly diverse performances...
Russell Newmark, Obscurities and Rarities (May 2009)
...most of the tracks on offer testify the sharpness of the producer's ear...
www.dmme.net (June 2009)
...some real gems including a never-before-released track from Cat Stevens...Also included is the original version of Handbags and Gladrags...
Classic Rock Society (June 2009)
Pick up this one or any of the others in this Producers Archive Series for a great look at what really is just the tip of the iceberg in Hurst's storied career.
Ryan Sparks, Classic Rock Revisted (June 2009)