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The Great Alan Price
on 4 May 2011
Over the years I have seen Alan Price on a number of occasions. I saw him as a member of the Animals back in 1964 at the Scene Club in London's Soho and later that year at Eel Pie Island, Twickenham. I last saw him just a month ago at The Cliffs, Southend where he appeard along with Cliff Bennett and the Manfreds. However, if you want to see Alan Price at his very best then catch him in concert in a small theatre where he creates a wonderful musical ambience; tells jokes and anecdotes in his downbeat style. This is an excellent retrospective C.D. Alan is one of the U.K.'s great rhythm and blues/jazz composer arrangers and this C.D. shows his great talent. Three tracks are from the 1971 colaboritive album with Georgie Fame "Fame & Price/Price & Fame/Together "That's How Strong My Love Is", Yellow Man" and "Rosetta". These tracts shows the Randy Newman influence on Alan(on the album "The Price Is Right" Alan sings 5 Randy Newman compositions and 4 of his own) and to some extent the Mose Allison influence on Georgie Fame. All the Alan Price Set's hits and moderate hits are here: "I Put a Spell On You", "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear", "The House That Jack Built", "Don't Stop the Carnival", "Hi-Lily Hi-Lo" as well as the working class anthem "Jarrow Song" from the 1974 "Between Yesterday and Today" album. Also, there is Alan's brilliant compositions for the 1973 film "O Lucky Man!" He wrote, arranged and sang all songs used in the film including "Poor Peope" "My Home Town" and "Changes". Great C.D. and really good value.