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The Action

From: London, England

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This underrated London band originally formed in 1963 as the Boys but then changed their name to the Action in 1965 when they were signed to EMI by Beatles producer Sir George Martin. The band's original lineup included Reg King (vocals), Alan "Bam" King (guitar and no relation to Reg), Mike "Ace" Evans (bass), Roger Powell (drums), and Pete Watson (guitar). Watson left in 1966 and was replaced by Martin Stone (guitar), who was previously with the Savoy Brown Blues Band and Stone's Masonry. Ian Whitman (piano) then joined the group in 1967. They released a total of five singles between 1965 and 1967 on the Parlophone record label, the awesome 'Shadows And Reflections' appearing on the A-side of their last 45.

In 1967 they were dropped by EMI, but continued working on an LP project into 1968. Throughout this period they recorded 16 incredible demo tracks at Polydor and Advision studios, one being 'In My Dreams', arranged by Sir George Martin himself. This outstanding demo LP was eventually released as 'Rolled Gold' in 1998, most of which is played in regular rotation on TWOS.

In mid 1968 Reg King left to go solo, but the band continued to record more demos, including 'A Saying For Today' in late 1968. In 1969, they evolved into Mighty Baby.

Artist information sources include: The book, 'Tapestry of Delights Revisited' by Vernon Joynson.

Artist Compilations

Keep On Holding On: The Complete Parlophone Recordings

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Shadows And Reflections

    (Original 45 Label: Parlophone R 5610, A - June, 1967)

  • Something Has Hit Me

    (Original 45 Label: Parlophone R 5610, B - June, 1967)

Original Mighty Baby Album Plus 5 Additional Tracks By The Action

The Action evolved into Mighty Baby in early 1969. This CD includes some late Action tracks just before the name change.

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • A Saying For Today

    (Originally Unreleased Demo - , 1968)

Rolled Gold

This CD, first issued as 'Rolled Gold' in 1998, includes tracks from the Action's originally unreleased and unnamed LP project, recorded from late 1967 into 1968.

Songs from this album played on TWOS:

  • Brain
  • Climbing Up The Wall (See Me)
  • Come Around
  • Follow Me
  • I'm A Stranger
  • Icarus
  • In My Dream
  • Little Boy
  • Love Is All
  • Really Doesn't Matter
  • Strange Roads
  • Things You Cannot See

General Compilations

Nuggets II: Original Artifacts From The British Empire And Beyond

This compilation CD contains the following songs by this artist that are played on TWOS:
- Shadows And Reflections

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