The Alan Price song in my head today

Discussion in 'Discography' started by hollyh, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Just about every day there's an Alan Price song playing in my head -- if I just stop and listen I can pick up what I'm unconsciously singing over and over to myself. Today it seems to be "Look Over your Shoulder." This song is so witty and cynical-- one of my favorite verses is:

    Hope springs eternal in a young man's breast
    And he dreams of a better life ahead
    Without that dream you are nothing nothing nothing.
    You've got to find out for yourself that dream is de-ad
    la la la la
    De-aaad la la la la...
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Alan Price song in my head today

    color.gif The song in my head today is surprisingly not one of Alan's :!:

    "..... I'm sitting here
    sipping at my icecold beer
    lazing on a sunny afternoon.
    Help me
    help me
    help me sail away
    you give me two good reasons why I ought to stay.
    'Cos I love to live so pleasantly live this life of luxury:
    lazing on a sunny afternoon...."

    It must be because of a TV show I watched recently ;)
  3. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Oh, yes, the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon." Another favorite of mine.

    Do you know Alan's song "Country Life"? (it's from Savaloy Dip, so fairly rare...). It's another excellent summer afternoon song.
  4. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    The Alan Price song in my head today is, "Any Day Now (My Wild, Beautiful Bird)." I love the horn section on this one -- excellent Alan Price Set arrangement -- but mostly I love the raspy edge to Alan's voice when he's singing. It gives the song a note of desperation, which fits in perfectly with the lyrics. Not one of the songs Alan wrote himself, but a winner all the same.
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Alan's cover of Bob Dylan's "To Ramona." I was listening to the radio the other day and heard Dylan's original version -- not anywhere near as good as Alan's!! :D
  6. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Agree with you Holly, but I do like Bob Dylan's songs.

    I have been downloading lots onto my new MP3 player
    (Alan's songs of course) and the one that sticks in my head today is -

    'Don't call me on the telephone
    Cos I can't see your face
    Don't write a letter
    Don't try to explain
    We all make mistakes.............'

    Which of course is Sweet P

  7. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Today I've been hearing "Frozen Moments" a lot.

    Does anybody know -- is this from the Andy Capp musical? I don't find it on any of AP's studio just appeared as a track on an odd "greatest hits" album called Alan Price Archive. Whenever I see anything by Alan Price that I don't have I snap it up -- not that that happens very often. :?
  8. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Me too Holly, and it's surprising the odd one now and again that appears.

    Can't say I've ever heard 'Frozen Moments' but then I have quite a lot of
    albums that I have't got around to playing. I shall have a look through my collection. :)

    :( The LP I bought on line recently called 'Morning Price'
    has still not been delivered to me.
    Seller sent 'Performing Price'
    in error and said he would send the other one on........
    that was 10 days ago and still waiting..........
  9. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Looked through my collection and yes, I have the Alan Price Archive CD. I have never listened to it - can't think why, especially as Alan has written on it - "To Jean, Love from Alan Price" color.gif

    And ......
    Look what I found when googling! so it is from Andy Capp!



    Book by Trevor Peacock
    Music by Alan Price
    Lyrics by Alan Price and Trevor Peacock

    First performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester and subsequently at the Aldwych Theatre in 1982 with Tom Courtenay, Alan Price and Val McLane heading the cast.

    - - - - - - - -

    This exuberant musical, with a delightful score, conjures up the timeless dream world of work shy, beer-swilling Andy Capp, known the world over from Reg Smythe's cartoon strip in the Daily Mirror

    The story is essentially a narrative setting an upcoming wedding (of Raquel and Elvis) against the ongoing fracas in Andy and Flo's household. But it is also a faithful evocation of the cartoon, full of mother-in-law jokes, drunken escapades, big-bosomed, mini-skirted women wielding rolling pins and paunchy, cloth-capped men stomping around in boots.

    "Lively, free-spirited show" Daily Mail

    "Alan Price's score is always enjoyable and in one number is superlative". City Limits

    "Andy Capp: anecdotal, larky, fun." New Statesman

    "An innocent, warm-hearted, gutsy frolic" - Daily Telegraph

    The Cast: M11 F9. Extras may be used

    Characters in order of appearance:

    Geordie ALAN PRICE
    Chalkie JOHN BARDON
    Elvis Horsepole MICHAEL MUELLER
    Florence Capp VAL McLANE
    Passerby TREVOR COOPER
    Raquel Scrimmett NICKY CROYDON
    Mrs Scrimmett VIVIENNE ROSS
    Mr Scrimmett ROBERT VAHEY
    The Scenes

    Various simple interior and exterior settings

    On My Street - Geordie
    We're Waiting - The Company
    Good Evening - The Company
    I Ought to be Ashamed of Myself - Andy and The Company
    Good Old Legs - Andy and Chalkie
    I Have a Dream - Raquel and Elvis
    Oh Gawd, Men...Beasts! - Mrs Scrimmett
    Points of View - The Company
    Spend Spend Spend - Flo, Ruby and Raquel
    Don't Tell Me That Again - Andy and Flo
    Frozen Moments - Geordie
    I Could Not Have Dreamed Him - Raquel
    Goin' to Barcelona - Mrs Scrimmett
    Hermione - Andy
    When You've Lived in Love with Someone - Flo
    Mr Scrimmett - Mr Scrimmett
    The Trouble with People - Andy and Geordie
    It's Better to be in Simple Harmony - The Company
    The Wedding - The Company
    I Ought to be Ashamed of Myself (reprise) - Andy and The Company
    Simple Harmony (reprise) - The Company


    BTW Have listened to Frozen Moments now - and of course I like it! :D

  10. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    My goodness, Jean, you are a great resource! And I'm thrilled to see that Alan actually appeared onstage in this show. I've been wondering whether or not he will appear in O Lucky Man when (if :? ) it ever gets to the West End. This gives me hope that he'll be on stage. Because really, who else could sing those songs properly? :cool:

    I suppose there must be an Andy Capp cast recording around, but I've never been able to find it on any of the record searches I use.
  11. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    The song I am listening to at the moment is 'I Have Tried' from the Archive CD - like it a lot - and to think I've had it for ages and never listened to it!

    I have also googled for Andy Capp recording but not found anything.
    Keep trying :)
  12. Jarrow lass

    Jarrow lass New Member

    Today I've got Imagination Sea from Alan's most recent LP, Based On A True Story, echoing in my brain. Hauntingly beautiful.
  13. Jean

    Jean Webmaster Staff Member

    Yes, agree Jarrow Lass - Imagination Sea is lovely.

    At the moment I am listening over and over and over to each track
    on Liberty Album as I am typing the lyrics and there always seem to be a couple of words I can't quite hear.
    Then I get the lyrics/songs stuck in my head for ages - love it though :D

    Now logging off so that I can do some more!
  14. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    "We all want justice but you've got to have the money to buy it!!!....."
  15. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    "When there's a bluebird singing at your windowpane
    And the sun shines bright all day through
    Don't forget, boy --
    Look over your shoulder
    'Cos there's always someone coming after you-ooo..."
  16. Rebekka

    Rebekka Administrator Staff Member

    Don't call me on the telephone
    Cos I can't see your face
    Don't send a letter don't try to explain
    We all make mistakes.....
  17. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    A Gigster's Life For Me.

    Alan, if you ever log on here, I just want to let you know that I think you've been getting better every year. Your last two albums just may be my favorites!!
  18. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Any Day Now (Wild Beautiful Bird)

    This song is such a great 60's pop song. And Alan's voice on it is AMAZING! [​IMG]
  19. hollyh

    hollyh Founder Member

    Living Without You
  20. Rebekka

    Rebekka Administrator Staff Member

    Would you believe I've been singing (to myself)

    'Don't call me on the telephone
    'cos I can't see your face......'

    and I see it's the song I was singing when I last posted :D

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