A short-lived appearance on the U.K. record shelves in the early 1980s notwithstanding, Rock 'N' Roll Night at the Royal Court Theatre
hit the CD reissue shelves in 1991 as a virtual unknown -- but what a magnificent disc it turned out to be. Recorded at the dawn of the decade at one of London's most prestigious (and un-rock'n'rolling) theaters, Rock 'N' Roll Night at the Royal Court Theatre
merrily thumping his way through precisely the kind of repertoire that might once have comprised his own record collection. The emphasis, hardly surprisingly, lies more in melody than mayhem -- even with the Animals
, there always seemed to be a sensitive songwriter aching to escape from behind Price
's primitive roar. But sensational versions of "Shame Shame Shame" and Little Richard
's "Keep a Knocking" certainly send the temperature soaring and, if the hardcore listener does begin to wilt in the face of the heavy ballad quotient, still Price
performs with considerably more élan than many "revivalists" of the age. Not an essential album, then, but certainly an enjoyable one.