Hey, Everybody – Look at Alan Price’s Face

Alan Price gets an intoxicating sound out of his trusty synthesizer on this lovely track from 1974’s Between Today and Yesterday on Warner Brothers:

If The Who’s anthemic “Baba O’Reilly” is – as Dave Marsh once stuffily proclaimed – the first “bona fide” use of the synthesizer as a rock instrument, then let me be the first to declare Alan Price’s “Look at My Face” to be the first “powerfully understated” use of the synthesizer as a pop instrument.

I sure have a knack for picking the B-sides – as it turns out, this tune was the flip side of his “Jarrow Song” 45 (which went to #6 in the UK).  Wikipedia tells me that Alan was educated at Jarrow Grammar School, so that’d be like if I wrote something called “Roselawn Song.”

Alan Price wants you to look at his face now:

Alan Price