Alan Price

Shouts Across the Street

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1976's Shouts Across the Street arrived decked out in a fabulous Ralph Steadman cover, but the album itself did little to entertain an audience who wanted more from the wee Geordie of Price's Between Today and Yesterday peak. Rather, the album rattled along without ever really getting out of first gear, a collection of songs that were "nice," but never demanded anything more from the listener than a politely tapping foot. The strange thing was, in concert at this same time, Price remained a vivid performer, with memories of the period live show certainly imbibing songs like "The World's Going Down on Me," "I Know When I've Had Enough" and the title track with considerably more energy than the vinyl ever mustered. But the closing "Farewell Goodbye" has a poignancy that at least makes it worth sitting through the entire record and, if hindsight be our guide, Shouts Across the Street would by no means emerge the dullest record of Price's career.

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