Alan Price – The Price To Play (1966)

LPFrontCover1Alan Price (born 19 April 1942) is an English musician, best known as the original keyboardist for the British band the Animals and for his subsequent solo work.

Price was born in Fatfield, Washington, County Durham, and was educated at Jarrow Grammar School, South Tyneside. He is a self-taught musician and was a founding member of the Tyneside group “The Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo”, which was later renamed the Animals. His organ-playing on songs by the Animals, such as “The House of the Rising Sun”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “Bring It On Home to Me” was a key element in the group’s success.

After leaving the Animals, Price went on to have success on his own with his own band the Alan Price Set and later with Georgie Fame. He introduced the songs of Randy Newman to a wider audience. Later, he appeared on his own television show as well as achieving success with film scores, including winning critical acclaim for his musical contribution to the 1973 film O Lucky Man! as well as writing the score to the stage musical Andy Capp. Price has also acted in films and television productions.

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The Price to Play is an album released in 1966 by singer songwriter Alan Price.

Debut album from Alan Price & The Alan Price Set (released in the U.K. only, although some tracks would come out in the U.S.) is a rather routine set of club R&B/soul. Fronting a six-piece that includes three horns, Price sticks mostly to covers of familiar American tunes like “Mercy Mercy,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and “Barefootin'”. (by wikipedia)

Price’s first album (released in the U.K. only, although some tracks would come out in the U.S.) is a rather routine set of club R&B/soul. Fronting a six-piece that includes three horns, Price sticks mostly to covers of familiar American tunes like “Mercy Mercy,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” and “Barefootin'” on this amiable, but hardly remarkable, set. Price’s voice is appealing, but lacks power, and in all it sounds like a clump of covers ground out hurriedly to get an album on the market. Georgie Fame did this kind of thing better, though Price’s approach isn’t as jazz-oriented.  (by Richie Unterberger)

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Personnel:
Clive Burrows (saxophone)
Steve Gregory (saxophone)
Pete Kirtley (guitar)
“Little” Roy Mills (drums)
Alan Price (keyboards, vocals)
Rod “Boots” Slade (bass)
John Walters (trumpet)

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Tracklist:
01. Barefootin’ (Parker) 4.37
02. Just Once In My Life (Goffin/King/Spector) 3.27
03. Goin’ Down Slow (Jimmy) 4.46
04. Getting Mighty Crowded (McCoy) 2.16
05. Honky Tonk (Butler/Doggett/Scott/Shepherd) 4.41
06. Move On Drifter (Washington) 2.30
07. Mercy, Mercy (Covay) 3.10
08. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (Hunter/Wonder) 2.46
09. Ain’t That Peculiar (Moore/Robinson/Rogers/Tarplin) 3.23
10. I Can’t Turn You Loose (Redding) 2.25
11. Critic’s Choice (Nelson) 2.02
12. Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (Deutsch/Kaper) 2.50

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