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The Action - Rolled Gold (Full Album) 1967
The Action - Rolled Gold (Full Album) 1967
Published: 2015/10/25
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The Action -- Action packed
The Action -- Action packed
Published: 2016/08/21
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CUE THE ACTION MUSIC AND EXPLOSIONS !!! (Agents Of Mayhem)
CUE THE ACTION MUSIC AND EXPLOSIONS !!! (Agents Of Mayhem)
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: MessYourself
The Action:Shadows & reflections
The Action:Shadows & reflections
Published: 2009/06/08
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The Action Man Adhinayakudu (Adhinayakudu) 2015 Hindi Dubbed Movie With Telugu Songs
The Action Man Adhinayakudu (Adhinayakudu) 2015 Hindi Dubbed Movie With Telugu Songs
Published: 2015/07/07
Channel: Goldmines Movies
I
I'll Keep On Holding On - The Action
Published: 2008/03/29
Channel: theseeker23
The Action - I
The Action - I'll Keep On Holding On
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: Fudgie Mod
The history of The Action.mp4
The history of The Action.mp4
Published: 2010/01/11
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The Action: Brain Full Length Version
The Action: Brain Full Length Version
Published: 2015/12/25
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FAN FILM: The Action Figure Ranger - feat. Brennan Mejia [Power Rangers]
FAN FILM: The Action Figure Ranger - feat. Brennan Mejia [Power Rangers]
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The Action Man Adhinayakudu (Adhinayakudu) 2017 Full Hindi Dubbed Movie | Balakrishna
The Action Man Adhinayakudu (Adhinayakudu) 2017 Full Hindi Dubbed Movie | Balakrishna
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: Goldmines Telefilms
The Action -  "I
The Action - "I'll keep on holding on" LIVE ! Ready Steady Go 1966
Published: 2011/03/24
Channel: Mod Zeb
The Action Henk Challenge!
The Action Henk Challenge!
Published: 2017/04/15
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Acting IS Dr. Fred Matiang
Acting IS Dr. Fred Matiang'i suspends the action by NGO coordination board against AFRICOG and KHRC
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: KTN News Kenya
The Action - I
The Action - I'll Keep On Holding On (TV)
Published: 2013/08/31
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The Action Bells (2016) Full Hindi Dubbed Movie | New Releases 2016 Full Movie | Action Hindi Movie
The Action Bells (2016) Full Hindi Dubbed Movie | New Releases 2016 Full Movie | Action Hindi Movie
Published: 2016/07/27
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Long Islanders Getting In On The Action Ahead Of Wednesday
Long Islanders Getting In On The Action Ahead Of Wednesday's Powerball Drawing
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: CBS New York
Brahmanandam Comedy Scenes | Policewala Gunda, Hero The Action Man, Mr Mobile
Brahmanandam Comedy Scenes | Policewala Gunda, Hero The Action Man, Mr Mobile
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: Great Indian Comedy
The Action New Generation 2015 - reportaz
The Action New Generation 2015 - reportaz
Published: 2016/04/21
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Snak The Ripper - The Action (Prod by C-Lance)
Snak The Ripper - The Action (Prod by C-Lance)
Published: 2016/06/29
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Neste rally Finland 2017, In the Middle of the action
Neste rally Finland 2017, In the Middle of the action
Published: 2017/07/30
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GET CLOSER TO THE ACTION - WITH iFOLLOW
GET CLOSER TO THE ACTION - WITH iFOLLOW
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: Cardiff City FC
Scoring the Action in Kid Icarus: Uprising [Patron Request]
Scoring the Action in Kid Icarus: Uprising [Patron Request]
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: 8-bit Music Theory
Don
Don't Stop the Action (1) | Galileo
Published: 2014/05/13
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Hero The Action Man (Bejawada) 2015 Hindi Dubbed Movie With Telugu Songs | Naga Chaitanya
Hero The Action Man (Bejawada) 2015 Hindi Dubbed Movie With Telugu Songs | Naga Chaitanya
Published: 2015/07/05
Channel: Goldmines Movies
THE ACTION
THE ACTION
Published: 2007/11/14
Channel: soulagent65
This Feels Like the Action in 2008 Right Before the Collapse - Fund Manager
This Feels Like the Action in 2008 Right Before the Collapse - Fund Manager
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: SilverDoctors
The Action - Twenty Four Hours - A Mod Classic.wmv
The Action - Twenty Four Hours - A Mod Classic.wmv
Published: 2010/10/27
Channel: shingalingthing
The Action Potential
The Action Potential
Published: 2013/09/22
Channel: Ray Cinti
The Backyardigans: The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve - Ep.70
The Backyardigans: The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve - Ep.70
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: Treehouse Direct
The Action - In My Lonely Room
The Action - In My Lonely Room
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: LombardMod
The Action - Brain
The Action - Brain
Published: 2013/01/17
Channel: 8ittermand
Flopomania - Skip to the Action | 888poker
Flopomania - Skip to the Action | 888poker
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: 888poker
The Action Faction - Episode 1
The Action Faction - Episode 1
Published: 2013/01/12
Channel: HappyHour
The Action  - " Never Ever "
The Action - " Never Ever "
Published: 2009/09/23
Channel: Mod Zeb
Bucks Fizz - Piece of the Action
Bucks Fizz - Piece of the Action
Published: 2012/10/02
Channel: BucksFizzVEVO
I
I'll keep on holding on - The Action
Published: 2008/09/02
Channel: hawkmoon03111951
Rainbow Six: Siege - Battle Buddies! (Back in the action!)
Rainbow Six: Siege - Battle Buddies! (Back in the action!)
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: H2ODelirious
Setup the Action of your Guitar in 3 minutes | Strings height
Setup the Action of your Guitar in 3 minutes | Strings height
Published: 2016/08/14
Channel: FruduaTv
The Action New Generation
The Action New Generation
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: The Action New Generation
브로맨스 (VROMANCE) | THE ACTION [Full Album]
브로맨스 (VROMANCE) | THE ACTION [Full Album]
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: KpopHub
All the action of EuroVolleyU16W in Bulgaria
All the action of EuroVolleyU16W in Bulgaria
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: CEV - European Volleyball
THREE WINS, JUST THE ACTION - PLAYER UNKNOWN
THREE WINS, JUST THE ACTION - PLAYER UNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: JoshOG
Making of The Action New Generation
Making of The Action New Generation
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: The Action New Generation
Fu Manchu - The Action is Go (1997) - Full Album
Fu Manchu - The Action is Go (1997) - Full Album
Published: 2012/05/05
Channel: ofcoursenodt
Piece of the Action - Dance Scene
Piece of the Action - Dance Scene
Published: 2007/09/18
Channel: shatchett0
The action of SPECTRE
The action of SPECTRE
Published: 2015/09/23
Channel: James Bond 007
The Action Lab Channel Trailer!
The Action Lab Channel Trailer!
Published: 2017/04/11
Channel: The Action Lab
The Action Potential
The Action Potential
Published: 2010/01/25
Channel: biopodcast
Since I Lost My Baby - The Action
Since I Lost My Baby - The Action
Published: 2008/03/29
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The Action
Also known as Azoth (1967)
Origin Kentish Town, North London, England
Genres Blue-eyed soul, folk rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 1963–1969 (Reunion: 2000)
Labels Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US), Hansa (France)
Associated acts The Boys, Mighty Baby, Ace
Website actionmightybaby.co.uk
Past members Alan "Bam" King
Mike "Ace" Evans
Roger Powell
Reg King
Peter Watson
Ian Whiteman
Martin Stone
Notable instruments
Rickenbacker 12-string guitar

The Action were an English band of the 1960s, formed as The Boys in August 1963, in Kentish Town, North West London. They were part of the mod subculture,[1] and played soul music-influenced pop music.

Career[edit]

The band was formed as The Boys in August 1963, in Kentish Town, North West London. After Peter Watson (born 18 October 1941, Romford, Essex) joined them as an additional guitarist in 1965, they changed their name to The Action. The original members were Reg King (lead vocals) (born Reginald King, 5 February 1945, Paddington, West London, died, 8 October 2010, Belvedere, Kent), Alan 'Bam' King (lead guitar, vocals) (born Alan King, 18 September 1945, Muswell Hill, North London), Mike "Ace" Evans (bass guitar, vocals) (born Michael Evans, 10 July 1944, Henley, Berkshire, died 15 January 2010, London) and Roger Powell (drums) (born 4 July 1945, Camden Town, North West London).

Shortly after their formation, they signed to Parlophone with producer George Martin. "Land of a Thousand Dances" b/w "In My Lonely Room" was well received by critics, but sold poorly. None of the Action's singles achieved success in the UK Singles Chart.

After disastrous experiences with the Rikki Farr management, Peter Watson left the band in 1966. They continued as quartet, but were dropped from Parlophone in 1967. In the late 1960s keyboardist Ian Whiteman (born 18 May 1945, Saffron Walden, Essex) and guitarist Martin Stone (born 11 December 1946, Wokingham, Surrey – 9 November 2016, Versailles, France) joined the band and the Action moved toward a mid-tempo psychedelic ballad style, and then into folk rock. Reg King left the band in 1967, and Alan King took over as main lead vocalist. In 1969, when signing to John Curd's Head Records, the band was renamed Mighty Baby.

Alan King later went on to form Ace.

A 1980 compilation of the Action's Parlophone tracks came with sleeve notes by Paul Weller ("the Action had it in their soul") and did much for their profile, while the Rolled Gold album demos were hailed as genuine lost classics when they were reissued in the early 1990s. In 1998, the original lineup of the Action reformed for a concert on the Isle of Wight. The band played regularly over the next six years.

Notably, they are one of the favourite bands of Phil Collins, who performed with the reunited band in June 2000.[2] "For me it was like playing with the Beatles", he later commented on the experience.[3]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

as Sandra Barry and The Boys
  • "Really Gonna Shake" / "When We Get Married" (R. King) (March 1964, Decca)
as The Boys
  • "It Ain't Fair" (R. King/Evans) / "I Want You" (R. King/Evans) (November 1964, Pye)
as The Action
  • "Land of a Thousand Dances" b/w "In My Lonely Room" (Holland-Dozier-Holland) (October 1965, Parlophone)
  • "I'll Keep Holding On" / "Hey Sha-Lo-Ney" (February 1966, Parlophone)
  • "Baby, You've Got It" (McAllister, Vail) / "Since I Lost My Baby" (Robinson/Moore) (July 1966, Parlophone)
  • "Never Ever" (King/King/Evans/Powell) / "Twenty Fourth Hour" (King/King/Evans/Powell) (February 1967, Parlophone)
  • "Shadows and Reflections" (Larry Marks/Tandyn Almer) / "Something Has Hit Me" (King/Jones) (June 1967, Parlophone)
  • "The Harlem Shuffle" / "Wasn't It You" (Goffin/King) (1968, Hansa, Germany only)
  • French EP: "Shadows and Reflections" / "Something Has Hit Me" / "Never Ever" / "Twenty Fourth Hour" (Odeon (MOE 149), 1967)

Compilation albums[edit]

The Ultimate! Action
(singles and other material recorded by the original run of the band, 1964–1967)
  1. "I'll Keep Holding On"
  2. "Harlem Shuffle"
  3. "Never Ever"
  4. "Twenty Fourth Hour"
  5. "Since I Lost My Baby"
  6. "In My Lonely Room"
  7. "Hey Sha-Lo-Ney"
  8. "Wasn't It You?"
  9. "Come On, Come With Me"
  10. "Just Once in My Life"
  11. "Shadows and Reflections"
  12. "Something Has Hit Me"
  13. "The Place"
  14. "The Cissy"
  15. "Baby You've Got It"
  16. "I Love You (Yeah!)"
  17. "Land of a Thousand Dances"
Brain/Rolled Gold
(Tracks recorded in late 1967 and 1968, but released only in 1995):[4][5]
  1. "Come Around"
  2. "Something to Say"
  3. "Love is All"
  4. "Icarus"
  5. "Strange Roads"
  6. "Things You Cannot See"
  7. "Brain"
  8. "Look at the View"
  9. "Climbing Up the Wall"
  10. "Really Doesn't Matter"
  11. "I'm a Stranger"
  12. "Little Boy"
  13. "Follow Me"
  14. "In My Dream"
  15. "In My Dream" (Demo)
Action Speaks Louder Than (EP)
(tracks recorded circa. 1968, released by Castle Music in 1985):
  1. "Only Dreaming"
  2. "Dustbin Full of Rubbish"
  3. "An Understanding Love"
  4. "My Favourite Day"
  5. "A Saying for Today" (all tracks written by Whiteman)
Uptight and Outasight
(radio and TV recordings, CD bonus: 1998 live recording) (Circle Records):
  • CD1 – The Action on Television and BBC Radio 1966–1967
  1. "I'll Keep Holding On"
  2. "Land of 1000 Dances"/"Uptight"
  3. "Mine Exclusively" (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1966)
  4. Reg King Interview (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1966)
  5. "Baby You've Got It "(BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1966)
  6. "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me A While)" (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1966)
  7. "Going to a Go Go" (BBC Radio's Pop North 1966)
  8. "Never Ever" (BBC Radio's Pop North 1966)
  9. "Love Is All" (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1967)
  10. "I See You" (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1967)
  11. "India" (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1967)
  12. "Shadows and Reflections" (BBC Radio's Saturday Club 1967)
  • CD2 – The Boston Arms, London 1998
  1. "Meeting Over Yonder"
  2. "The Monkey Time"
  3. "Baby Don't You Do It"
  4. 'In My Lonely Room"
  5. "I Love You (Yeah!)"
  6. "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)"
  7. "Ooo Baby Baby"
  8. "Crazy About You Baby"
  9. "Heatwave"
  10. "People Get Ready"
  11. "The Memphis Train"
  12. "Since I Lost My Baby"
  13. "Harlem Shuffle"
  14. "Baby You've Got It"
  15. "I'll Keep Holding On"
  16. "Land of 1000 Dances"

In addition to this in 1980, Edsel released a compilation of all The Action's original UK singles called The Ultimate Action (Edsel ED101) and after that four singles using the same material:

  • "I'll Keep on Holding On/Wasn't It You?" – E5001 1981
  • "Since I Lost My Baby/Never Ever/Wasn't It You?" – E5002 1981
  • "Shadows and Reflections/Something Has Hit Me" – E5003 1982
  • "Hey Sha-Lo-Ney/Come On, Come With Me" – E5008 1984

References[edit]

  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ Phil Collins. Not Dead Yet. London, England: Century Books. ISBN 978-1-780-89513-0. 
  3. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (15 November 2002). "Home entertainment: Phil Collins". The Guardian. 
  4. ^ The Action: Brain (The Lost Recordings) at Discogs (list of releases)
  5. ^ [1][dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ian Hebditch, Jane Shepherd: The Action – In the Lap of the Mods (2012, with Mike Evans and Roger Powell, foreword by George Martin)

External links[edit]

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