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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer third album from Medway Delta trio, 8 Jan 2010
This review is from: Pictures [VINYL] (Vinyl)
Hailing from Kent's fabled Medway Delta, "Pictures" is the third album by The Len Price 3. To these ears it's an early contender for 2010's best album! Clocking in at a mere 31:07, and with 13 short, sharp numbers, it really is like a classic 60's LP.

The powerful opener `Pictures' sets the tone with its early Who style, and is quickly followed by the harmony-drenched gem `Keep Your Eyes On Me'. `I Don't Believe You' is the bastard offspring of The Who's `Can't Explain', while `The Girl Who Became A Machine' is an instant slab of freak-beat with some terrific organ playing.

`After You're Gone' sounds like a clever mashing of `So Sad About Us' and The Kids Of Alright' with John Lennon on vocals, while `Mr. Grey' works as a character-driven song as effectively as anything from the pen of Ray Davies. `Nothing Like You' is another sizzler, while `If You Live Round Here' is the sort of song that the Gallagher brothers would kill to write these days.

The album powers on with the gutsy `You Tell Lies' (complete with a vocal that brings to mind early Jam-era Paul Weller at his snarling best) and `Man Who Used To Be'. The reflective `Jack In The Greens' is a more mellow but no less melodic track. `Under The Thumb' is, quite simply, a storming slice of R&B / raw garage pop, aided by some great harmonica playing. `The Great Omani' (written as if being sung by the late, great entertainer) closes the album in style.

With "Pictures", The Len Price 3 have produced a totally fresh and original sounding record. It's even been recorded on analogue "to capture the vintage, earthy sound that only tape can provide" (Graham Day from The Prisoners helps with the production). This is a mind-blowing 13 tracker, lyrically clever, killer tunes - it deserves a place in any self-respecting music fan's collection, especially those with a passion for the likes of The Who / Beatles / Creation / Kinks / Jam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tabloid legend, 24 Jan 2010
This review is from: Pictures (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album. Not quite as raw as LP3's first two albums, but much better lyrically. The words to some of these songs are both tragic and hilarious at the same time. True masters of garage, LP3 are going from strength to strength and despite their sound continuing to fit within the same genre, the songs are all fresh, yet strangely familiar within one or two listens. An awesome album, miss it at your peril....and while you're at it, buy the other two. This is what proper music is about, not the usual washed-up crud in the charts!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Class music for the discerning ear., 28 Oct 2011
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Bobby Smith (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pictures (Audio CD)
This is the most consistent CD of the LP3 - full of intelligent lyrics and classic '60s garage music. You can certainly tell that the experienced hand of Graham Day is at the controls, as it benefits from a very Prisoners production. No one else has commented yet but the song 'You Tell Lies' reminds me so much of the Specials 'Too much Too Young'. The rest of the CD is chock full of tuneful odes to times past. If you like this also check out Time Machine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2010):, 18 Feb 2011
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Leicester Bangs "words-R-us" (Leicester, England) - See all my reviews
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The Len Price 3 - Pictures (Wicked Cool)
Championed by both Rolling Stone Magazine, and a key associate of New Jersey's premier fictional crime syndicate, The Len Price 3 are undoubtedly on the cusp of great things. Fortunately, not only do the band and their supporters talk the talk, their records walk the walk. Hailing from Kent's Medway Delta, the home of The Milkshakes and The Prisoners, The Len Price 3 carry on the area's folk tradition, with a sound that integrates mod(ish) R&B, garage power-pop and `60's beat. Add a little Dr. Feelgood grit and some Screaming Blue Messiahs urgency, and a pleasing picture is forming.

Their second record for Stevie Van Zandt's Wicked Cool label (their third in total) continues their skyward arc. Punchy guitars and knowing lyrics consolidate their already solid sound, and there are so many genuine highlights, it almost feels churlish emphasising individual songs (though some of the early Who references on songs like "Keep Your Eyes On Me" and "I Don't Believe You" are particularly pleasing). If any of the above piques your interest, it would be wise to check them out without further delay. 9/10.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LP3 bordering on stellar, 27 April 2010
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Barry Stark "Scuba Dooba" (Scotchland) - See all my reviews
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Great Kinksian/Clashesque vignettes about real life, with that throbbing driving beat. Not as rough around the edges as they used to be, more polish has been added in the production department. This is not necessarily good - witness the Chesterfield Kings and the lack of edge on their latest live offering from Wicked Cool. Beware LP3, Little Steven will emasculate and homogenise you for the bland ol'USA. However, this album is just about rockin' and abounds with great little songs that tell everyday stories (even adding the moral angle on modern life). These Medway boys are true heirs to theri Medway heritage (Prisoners, Milkshakes etc). Keep the faith LP3, and more importantly, keep your rough edges as they are what make you great.
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