Alan Price & Rob Hoeke – Two Of A Kind (1977)

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Alan Price (born 19 April 1942) is an English musician and actor. He was the original keyboardist for the British band the Animals before he left to form his own band the Alan Price Set. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the Animals. He is also known for his solo work. His best known songs include “Jarrow Song” and “The House That Jack Built”.

Price was born in Fatfield, Washington, County Durham. He was educated at Jarrow Grammar School, County Durham. 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.

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After leaving the Animals, Price went on to have success 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 and achieved success with film scores, including winning critical acclaim for his musical contribution to the film O Lucky Man! (1973), as well as writing the score to the stage musical Andy Capp. Price has also acted in films and television productions.

Price formed the Animals in 1962 and left the band in 1965 to form the Alan Price Set, with the line-up of Price, Clive Burrows (baritone saxophone), Steve Gregory (tenor saxophone), John Walters (trumpet), Peter Kirtley (guitar), Rod “Boots” Slade (bass) and “Little” Roy Mills (drums). In the same year, he appeared in the film Dont Look Back which featured Bob Dylan on tour in the UK.AlanPrice01

During 1966, he enjoyed singles success with “I Put a Spell on You”, which reached number 9 in the UK singles chart, and “Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo” which reached number 11 in the same chart. In 1967, the Randy Newman song “Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear” reached number four in the chart, as did his self-penned song, “The House That Jack Built”. “Don’t Stop the Carnival” followed in 1968, and rose to number 13 in the UK singles charts.

Price went on to host shows such as the musical Price To Play in the late 1960s, which featured him performing and introducing the music of guests such as Fleetwood Mac and Jimi Hendrix. His second album, A Price on His Head (1967), featured seven songs by Randy Newman, who was virtually unknown at that time. In August 1967, he appeared with The Animals at the hippie love-in that was held in the grounds of Woburn Abbey.

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A later association with Georgie Fame resulted in “Rosetta”, which became a top-20 hit (1971), reaching number 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] An album followed, Fame and Price, Price and Fame Together. During this period, Price and Fame secured a regular slot on The Two Ronnies show produced by BBC Television, and also appeared on the Morecambe and Wise Show.[citation needed] He recorded the autobiographical album Between Today and Yesterday (1974) from which the single “Jarrow Song” was taken, returning Price to the UK singles chart at number six.[4] The minor single hits by Price “Just For You” and “Baby of Mine” from 1978 and 1979, respectively, as well as being issued on the usual black vinyl, were also released as red, heart-shaped vinyl discs, which reflected the craze for coloured and oddly shaped vinyl records at the time.

Price participated in three reunions of The Animals between 1968 and 1984. In July 1983, they started their last world tour. Price’s solo performance of “Oh Lucky Man” was included in their set. In 1984, they broke up for the final time, and the album Greatest Hits Live (Rip It to Shreds) was released, comprising recordings from their concert at Wembley Arena in London supporting The Police.

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Price recorded two albums with the Electric Blues Company featuring guitarist and vocalist Bobby Tench and keyboardist Zoot Money, the first, Covers, was recorded in 1994. A Gigster’s Life for Me followed in 1996 and was recorded as part of Sanctuary’s Blues Masters Series, at Olympic Studios in south-west London.

Since 1996, Price has continued to perform regularly, arrange, write songs, and create other works. During the 2000s, he has continued to tour the UK with his own band and others, including the Manfreds, Maggie Bell and Bobby Tench.

Savaloy Dip was officially released in 2016. Due to an issuing error after the recording of this album in 1974 the album was re-called by the record company and not re-released at that time.[8][9][10] The title track for his album Between Today and Yesterday was taken from the original Savaloy Dip recording. (wikipedia)

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Robert Jan Eduard (Rob) Hoeke (Haarlem, 9 January 1939 – Krommenie, 6 November 1999) was a Dutch singer-pianist-songwriter, who started performing in the late 1950s, such as on 28 February 1958 in Haarlem. Hoeke gained some fame by taking second place in the Loosdrecht Jazz Concours four times in a row in the early 1960s. Hoeke gathered groups of musicians around him in the formations The Rob Hoeke Rhythm & Blues Group and Rob Hoeke’s Boogie Woogie Quartet. In the 1960s, he recorded a promotional album with the Philips Philicorda, an electronic organ. Hoeke’s formations were characterised by frequent lineup changes.

Famous titles by Hoeke are Drinking on My Bed (no. 11 in 1968), Down South (no. 8 in 1970), Margio (no. 15 in 1966), What is Soul, When People Talk, Double Cross Woman and Gettin’ Higher.

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Unfortunately, Hoeke had to lose two fingers in September 1974, after attempting a minor repair to his car. 1] Apart from music, he had a great interest in technique. He had taken a course in car mechanics at the IVA in Driebergen and also obtained his pilot’s licence.

Hoeke also performed many times abroad, including in Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the US, Canada and Denmark. The single What Is Soul was also released in England in 1967. In 1977, Hoeke recorded the album Two of a Kind with Alan Price.

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Hoeke died in 1999 after a short illness due to stomach cancer. Just before his death, he gave a farewell concert in café Langs de Lijn in Bussum, where many befriended musicians performed. Among them were Herman Brood, Jan Akkerman and fellow pianists Eric-Jan Overbeek, Jaap Dekker, Henk Pepping and Gerbren Deves. His sons Ruben and Eric Hoeke also performed here. Ruben Hoeke has his own band, the Ruben Hoeke Band. Hoeke is also the father of journalist Eva Hoeke. (wikipedia)

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And here is their collaboration album:

Released in the late 70‘s, shortly after Rod Hoeke lost two of his fingers in a gardening accident, the album Two Of A Kind, with it’s stylish cover image resembling the earlier artwork on Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina’s Sittin’ In, this album forms a rather shaky alliance. If you’re a fan of both Rob Hoeke and Alan Price, you’re going to find this outing rather satisfying. If you’re a fan of either Rob Hoeke or Alan Price, I’m afraid that you’re PriceHoeke01going to find the collaboration rather laking, sort of split down the middle, where two super artists come together, yet seem not to be able to merge on anything other than the title, which would indicate that they are not musically two of a kind. Matter of fact, if push were to come to shove, I would have to say that Price and Hoeke have little in common, leaving the real question to be, “Why did these two get together in the first place?”

Obviously this record came out of the mutual respect these two artists had for each other, but respect and admiration should not be the central point when it comes to creating an artistic endeavor. Two Of A Kind, lacks both direction and focus. Two Of A Kind may have been much better had one of these gentlemen decided to focus on playing, and the other on producing … then we might have been given something more substantial. As it stands now, I’m left holding “Stranger’s Lament,” “Boogie Woogie Man,” “I Almost Lost Myself,” and the cover of J.J. Cale’s “Call Me The Breeze” [a song that was so good at the time that there were hundreds of versions] for me to dream on and admire.

Sadly the 1970’s saw far too many collaborations that did not work, and should not have seen the light of day. Perhaps this grouping of songs would have been better received had they shown up as additions to a boxed set of unreleased material. (streetmouse)

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This review is not entirely fair … this is not a sensational album, but a real nice one including a great coversion of “Will I Live On?” (Atlanta Rhythm Section).

And their version of “Call Me The Breez” (J.J. Cale) is another good one.

Everyone makes up their own opinion.

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Personnel:
Eef Albers (guitar)
Rob Hoeke (keyboads, harmonica)
Alan Price (keyboards, vocals, synthesizer, guitar)
John Schuursma (guiar, bass, bouzouki)
Theo Thunder (drums, percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. I Almost Lost My Mind (Hunter) 2.40
02. Careless Love (Price) 3.16
03. Living Loving Wreck (Blackwell) 2.19
04. Leave Me Alone (Scholten/Price) 4.01
05. Call Me The Breeze (Cale) 5.40
06. Love Call (Price) 3.54
07. Will I Live On? (Nix/Daughtry) 3.11
08. Keep On Doin’ It (Price) 3.47
09. Cherry Red (Johnson/Turner) 3.41
10. Strangers’ Lament (Price) 3.24
11. Boogie Woogie Man (Price/Hoeke) 3.32

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More from Alan Price:
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The official Alan Price website:
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More from Rob Hoeke:
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The official Rob Hoeke website:
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4 thoughts on “Alan Price & Rob Hoeke – Two Of A Kind (1977)

  1. Hi there! Loving the music on the site, especially the Alan Price stuff , but the link to the album with Rob Hoeke is gone already. Any chance of a re-up?

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