THE RIGHT PRICE

May 25, 2010 – 4:25 pm

Even a copy of the album that replaced Savaloy Dip has asking prices in excess of US$100. What more this lost album?

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ALAN PRICE
Savaloy Dip [no label, 1CD]

Recorded for release in 1974 but was suddenly cancelled. Ex SBD stereo.

“Savaloy Dip” was slated to be Alan Price’s follow-up to his rather successful 1973 album, “O Lucky Man!,” but the record company (Reprise) rejected it for unknown reasons, and it was unfortunately never released. Somehow, a copy of the master tape was still delivered to the Ampex plant in Illinois, where an unknown quantity of 8-tracks were manufactured before Reprise was able to pull the plug. Although Reprise issued orders to destroy all manufactured copies, at least a few of them escaped and have since been discovered and preserved for posterity. After the album’s rejection, Alan decided to scrap all of the material except for one track, “Between Today and Yesterday,” around which his proper follow-up to “O Lucky Man!,” 1975’s “Between Today And Yesterday” would be based. - boughtit.blogspot. The above was probably written by John Scheinfeld, a fan who has a copy of the 8-track. [See comments by Jean, below, regarding the origins of the 8-track tapes.]

A saveloy is a type of highly seasoned pork sausage, usually bright red in colour, which is served in English fish and chip shops, sometimes fried in batter… The saveloy’s taste is similar to that of a frankfurter or red pudding. It is mostly eaten with chips, but occasionally also in a sandwich accompanied with pease pudding, stuffing,mustard and/or gravy. This is known as a “saveloy dip” in the north east of England, as one half of the bun is dipped in gravy… Saveloys seem to be most popular in the south of England.
- wikipedia

Reprise must have thought Savaloy Dip (that’s how Price spelled it) inferior to the successful O Lucky Man! Perhaps they expected something heavier. This was 1974 after all. Also, there’s not an obvious single on this collection. When Price recorded the replacement album, Between Today And Yesterday, he made sure he had a sure-fire hit single in Jarrow Song.

As we’ve never heard Between Today And Yesterday, with the exception of the hit single, we can’t say whether that album is heavier than Savaloy Dip. But Dip is vaudevillian in style. The horns and keyboards betray Price’s theatre influence. He would be involved in TV and film soundtracks throughout his career. As Price was also a member of The Animals, his distinctive keyboards are the singular most recognised sound on House Of The Rising Sun, perhaps Reprise wanted another keyboard-driven single. They would not have appreciated the jazzy You Won’t Get Me with its rollicking piano rolls.

Savaloy Dip’s good-natured songs are a reflection of Price’s working class roots as the album’s title suggests. It’s not an angry young man’s album unlike the Kinks’ output during this same period (Muswell Hillbillies and Preservation Act 1 and 2). Just listen to Passing Us By and Country Life for that sense of contentment and “satisfaction”. The latter track has some superb vocalisations and multi-tracked harmonies.

That Price refused to drop the song Between Today And Yesterday, and made it the title of the replacement album indicated how close he was to the song. It’s about the passing of time and impermanence. Between Today And Yesterday is an excellent example of Price’s way with words.

He’ll never see his mother’s face
Or feel his father’s hand
Who can you show when you succeed
In never-never land?

He’s afraid to have his fortune told
For fear what it might mean
He doesn’t want the picture drawn
Of things he has to dream

Between today and yesterday is like a million years
And the only truthful man he’s seen was standing there in tears

With thanks to John Scheinfeld who may have been the source for all circulating copies of this lost album.
- Professor Red

NOTE: Our copy was obtained the old snail-mail way via a trade. Sorry, but we cannot recall who we got our copy from.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 259 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Smells Like Lemon, Tastes Like Wine (8.1MB)
Track 02. Over and Over Again (7.7MB)
Track 03. Savaloy Dip (Beginning) (2.0MB)
Track 04. Savaloy Dip (Conclusion) (5.3MB)
Track 05. Keep On Doin’ It (4.5MB)
Track 06. Between Today and Yesterday [3:45m]* (6.8MB)
Track 07. You Won’t Get Me (7.1MB)
Track 08. Passing Us By (4.2MB)
Track 09. And So Goodbye (7.1MB)
Track 10. Country Life (4.5MB)
Track 11. Willie the Queen (5.7MB)
Track 12. Poor Jimmy (7.6MB)

* The official version of this track was released on Between Today and Yesterday as track 3 and track 12. It clocked in at 4:28m and 4:25m and were different versions to the one here. The bonus track of this song found on the 2003 CD reissue was recorded in 1986.

The Wiki says: Between Today and Yesterday is an autobiographical album released in 1974 by Alan Price. In its original LP format, Side One was titled “Yesterday” and Side Two was titled “Today.” The “Yesterday” side featured 6 songs about the working class environment in which Price was raised. Musically, these songs drew heavily from pre-rock styles, bringing to mind music hall songs and working class anthems. Accordingly, the “Today” side contains 6 songs about the adult Price, performed in a more contemporary style.

This was the album released in place of Savaloy Dip and only one track from Savaloy Dip was retained, the title track of this album. It is out-of-print. Click on the link to buy a copy of Between Today And Yesterday at collector’s prices.

  1. 13 Responses to “THE RIGHT PRICE”

  2. I’ve been a fan of Price since O Lucky Man and have been buying his records ever since then. I didn’t know this existed. A major thanks to Big O for this Alan Price gem. Price is someone who unfortunately isn’t found in too many collectors circles.

    By Mike on May 26, 2010

  3. Like Mike I never knew of this so a big thanks from me. Keep up the great work . Who’s a Lucky Man now?

    By Rob on May 26, 2010

  4. Thanks so much for this Mike! Alan Price treasure. Now just need to see Two of a Kind by Alan Price & Rob Hoeke released on CD and I’ll be in heaven!!!

    By Brian McGinnis on May 27, 2010

  5. Dear Big O

    A very very long time ago I’ve asked you to make this Alan Price music available since it was the only music by Alan Price that was lacking from my collection. You did answer that there were no plans but that perhaps, maybe if i was very patient who knows…
    And today my patience has been rewarded.
    So thank you, thank you, thank you kindly!

    By Frank on May 28, 2010

  6. Excellent post. I’ve always been a fan of Alan Price & this was a real treat! Thanks again!

    By Johnny Pierre on May 28, 2010

  7. Thanks for this amazing post. Price also released “Metropolitan Man” in 1974 and toured the world in support. I saw the Chicago show, which was terrific. He later released an album called “Performing Price” which documents that tour. It seems to have been his most extensive tour as a solo artist. He still performs from time to time in Europe and Japan. I was fortunate to see a show in London in 2002. Still amazing.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 28, 2010

  8. I never heard his solo stuff. I’m curious to hear this one.

    By Matt on Jun 9, 2010

  9. I guess I’m a little late to arrive on this one, but I sort of take issue with this post…

    I ran a short-lived music blog in 2008, and I posted a copy of this album that I painstakingly tracked out, ran very slight noise reduction and rumble correction on, and properly tagged. I also stitched the title track back together as well as I possibly could. Basically, a lot of love went into it. I spent a couple of hours ABXing and comparing the two sources I had for the material, and the result is that the copy posted on my blog sounds significantly better than this one.

    I would love to believe that you guys just overlooked the fact that I’ve already posted this album in a more listenable form, but mine is still the first google result for “alan price savaloy dip”, and I find it hard to believe that you didn’t do even a cursory amount of research on the album. Actually, I see that my blog is referenced as the source of the “Savaloy Dip” description. I (the author of the blog) wrote that description based on the information I had at the time. That’s a bit trivial, but it’s upsetting that you obviously found my blog post, and then posted an inferior copy of the album here without mentioning that an alternate copy had already been available.

    I am thrilled that people are interested in this album, and you have much more visibility than I do, which is great for introducing it to people, but it sucks that those people are downloading an inferior-sounding copy from this site, when there is a currently better one available.

    I don’t mean to sound like a jerk, and I appreciate any attention that this fantastic album gets, but you’re doing a disservice to your readers by not acknowledging that there is already a copy in circulation and allowing them the chance to choose between them.

    -Bildo
    http://boughtit.blogspot.com/2008/03/savaloy-dip.html

    By Bildo on Dec 5, 2010

  10. I have just come across this blog - bit late I know. I have always been a great Alan Price fan and have a forum ( alanpricefansforum ) so it is very interesting to read all about Savaloy Dip. I would like to say that the missing 8 track tapes were actually found by Tony Concatelli when he was looking around a record warehouse in Albany, USA. He tells the story on APFF forum and how he even sent a copy to Alan as he did not have one.
    Thought you might like to know that
    Jean

    By Jean on Jul 21, 2011

  11. Thanks to Jean and everyone who commented on Alan Price’s Savaloy Dip.

    By bigozine2 on Jul 21, 2011

  12. Hi bigozine2 - thanks for reply.

    I have just been reading through again and may I say that Alan Price is still touring the UK.
    He has just finished 29 concerts March - June this year and has another 7 dates for September and October. So as you see - he is still going strong.

    If anybody is interested this information is on http://www.alanpricefansforum.org.uk

    thanks
    Jean

    By Jean on Jul 21, 2011

  13. In my opinion this version is better than the tweaked one from Bilbo’s blog.

    The beginnings of each track are badly cutted on the source he worked, also, the NR used on the remastering left the sound quite “metallic”, thin.

    8-tracks will never sound that great, but the rip posted here is more natural.

    By George on Jul 18, 2012

  14. Bildo, not Bilbo, I’m sorry.

    By George on Jul 18, 2012

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