The Action

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The Action were an English band of the 1960s. They were favoured by the mod subculture, and played soul music-influenced pop music.

The band were formed as The Boys in August 1963, in Kentish Town, North West London. After Peter Watson 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. "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 (born in 1945, Kings Cross, London) 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) 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.

Notably, they are one of the favorite bands of Phil Collins, who performed with the reunited band in 2000. "For me it was like playing with the Beatles", he later commented on the experience.
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Albums

The Action - Brain (The Lost Recordings 1967/68) album art The Action Brain (The Lost Recordings 1967/68) (Comp, Album) Dig The Fuzz Records UK 1995 Sell This Version
CRSEGLP046 The Action - The New Action! album art The Action The New Action!(LP) Grapefruit Records CRSEGLP046 UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Action - Land Of One Thousand Dances album art The Action Land Of One Thousand Dances (Single) Parlophone UK 1965 Sell This Version
The Action - Baby You've Got It album art The Action Baby You've Got It (Single) Parlophone UK 1966 Sell This Version
The Action - I'll Keep Holding On album art The Action I'll Keep Holding On (Single) Parlophone UK 1966 Sell This Version
The Action - Shadows And Reflections album art The Action Shadows And Reflections (Single) Parlophone Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
The Action - Never Ever album art The Action Never Ever (Single) Parlophone UK 1967 Sell This Version
MEO 149 The Action - Shadows And Reflections album art The Action Shadows And Reflections(7", EP) Odeon MEO 149 France 1967 Sell This Version
14 321 AT The Action - The Harlem Shuffle / Wasn't It You album art The Action The Harlem Shuffle / Wasn't It You(7", Single) Hansa 14 321 AT Germany 1969 Sell This Version
E 5002 The Action - Since I Lost My Baby album art The Action Since I Lost My Baby(7", EP, Mono) Edsel Records E 5002 UK 1981 Sell This Version
E 5008 The Action - Hey Sha-Lo-Ney album art The Action Hey Sha-Lo-Ney(7", Single, S/Edition) Edsel Records E 5008 UK 1984 Sell This Version

Compilations

The Action - The Ultimate Action album art The Action The Ultimate Action (Comp) Edsel Records UK 1980 Sell This Version
DOJOLP3 The Action - Action Speak Louder Than... album art The Action Action Speak Louder Than...(12", MiniAlbum, Comp) Dojo DOJOLP3 UK 1985 Sell This Version
The Action - Action Packed! album art The Action Action Packed! (Comp) Edsel Records UK 2001 Sell This Version
The Action - Uptight And Outasight album art The Action Uptight And Outasight (Comp) Circle Records (6) UK 2004 Sell This Version
The Action - In My Lonely Room album art The Action In My Lonely Room (EP, Comp) Top Sounds Records UK 2014 Sell This Version
ACTIONBOXRSD The Action - The Singles Boxset album art The Action!* The Singles Boxset(8x7", Single, Comp + Box, Ltd) Demon Records ACTIONBOXRSD UK 2014 Sell This Version
CRSEGBK045 The Action - Shadows And Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968 album art The Action Shadows And Reflections: The Complete Recordings 1964-1968(4xCD, Comp + Box, Comp) Grapefruit Records CRSEGBK045 UK 2018 Sell This Version

Videos

none The Action - In The Lap Of The Mods album art The Action In The Lap Of The Mods(VHS, PAL) Rolled Gold Productions none UK 2000 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

TF 31/5/65 The Action - In The Lap Of The Mods album art The Action In The Lap Of The Mods(Box, Ltd) Decca TF 31/5/65 UK 2012 Sell This Version