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Alan Price

  • O Lucky Man! [Warner Bros., 1973] B-
  • Between Today and Yesterday [Warner Bros., 1974] B
  • Alan Price [Jet/UA, 1978] B

Consumer Guide Reviews:

O Lucky Man! [Warner Bros., 1973]
How does an acerbic, good-humored music journeyman like Price (find This Price Is Right, on Parrot) fall in with a pompous, overfed con artist like Lindsay Anderson? By playing the Acerbic, Good-Humoured Music Journeyman Symbol in a pompous, overfed movie. Two or three deft political songs do not redeem an LP that runs 24:43 despite filler. It figures--the movie is an hour (or three hours) too long. B-

Between Today and Yesterday [Warner Bros., 1974]
So many tastemongers promoted this as a great one that I listened hard, which didn't work--most of it is simultaneously banal and overstated, which adds up to pretentious. Saved by the last three songs on the "Yesterday" side, which are, I admit, kind of Brechtian. But three songs do not make a great one. B

Alan Price [Jet/UA, 1978]
Yet another demonstration that smart people have as hard a time writing credible love songs as everybody else. See Rick Danko. B