Alan Price’s Savaloy Dip, one of pop music history’s great lost albums, is set for a January 15, 2016 release on Omnivore Recordings. It was recorded as a full-length clearly intended for official release but accidentally issued briefly (apparently on 8-track!) and then recalled.
In 1974, the 32-year-old founder/keyboardist of The Animals and arranger of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ had already built a solo career that included commercial hits (in the U.K.) and had written the soundtrack for a successful film (O Lucky Man!, Lindsay Anderson’s 1973 comedy starring Malcolm McDowell).
The March 18, 1974 issue of Warners’ house publication, the weekly Circular magazine, mentioned Price’s ‘forthcoming album,’ which is described as “every bit as good as O Lucky Man!” But the LP that arrived was Between Today and Yesterday, not Savaloy Dip. Somewhere after the release of O Lucky Man! — it hit stores in the summer of ’73, same time as Tony Joe White’s Home Made Ice Cream and Van Morrison’s Hard Nose the Highway.
Warners A&R VP Lenny Waronker was unable to recollect why, but for some reason Savaloy Dip, scheduled to be the follow-up to O Lucky Man!, was scotched. To complicate matters, a few 8-track versions of the album were pressed (at Ampex’s Elk Grove Village, Ill. plant) and distributed before being recalled. Price salvaged one track from the project, ‘Between Today and Yesterday,’ as the center-piece for his subsequent album.
Omnivore is now set to release the first non 8-track release of Savaloy Dip!
1.Smells Like Lemon, Tastes Like Wine
2.Willie the Queen
3.You Won’t Get Me
6.Keep on Doin’ It
8.Passin’ Us By
9.Over and Over Again
- And So Goodbye
- Between Today and Yesterday