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The Action / Shadows and Reflections

4CD bookset • remastered • ‘Comprehensive’

Sixties Mod band The Action‘s Complete Recordings (1964-1968) will be released as a new four-CD set in October.

The band (originally known as ‘The Boys’) were signed by George Martin after he left EMI in the mid-sixties and the ‘fifth Beatle’ produced the five singles issued on Parlophone between 1965-1967 as well as tracks for a never-released album.

Shadows and Reflections (issued by Cherry Red imprint Grapefruit) is said to be “the most comprehensive tribute” to The Action thus far, with many of the original single mixes getting their debut on CD as part of this set and newly found multi-tracks and rehearsal tapes allowing for a whole disc’s worth of previously unheard mixes and performances.

This deluxe set comes as a bookset and includes a 16,000 words of notes by David Wells in a 36-page booklet. It will be issue on 26 October 2018. On the same day, a new 12-track vinyl LP, The New Action!, will be issued.

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THE ACTION

SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS 1964-1968: 4CD DIGIBOOK

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THE ACTION

THE NEW ACTION!: EXCLUSIVE VINYL EDITION [VINYL]

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DISC ONE

THE PARLOPHONE MASTERS
THE SINGLES
1. LAND OF ONE THOUSAND DANCES
2. IN MY LONELY ROOM
3. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON
4. HEY SAH-LO-NEY
5. BABY YOU’VE GOT IT
6. SINCE I LOST MY BABY
7. NEVER EVER
8. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR
9. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS
10. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME
11. THE HARLEM SHUFFLE
12. WASN’T IT YOU
13. THE PLACE
14. THE CISSY
15. I LOVE YOU (YEAH!)
16. COME ON, COME WITH ME
17. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE (New Mono Mix) *

BONUS TRACKS
18. MINE EXCLUSIVELY (BBC Session)
19. REG KING INTERVIEW / BABY YOU’VE GOT IT (BBC Session)
20. TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME A LITTLE WHILE) (BBC Session)
21. I SEE YOU (BBC Session)
22. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS (BBC Session)

* Previously unissued

DISC TWO

AT ABBEY ROAD
NEW STEREO MIXES
1. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON
2. THE CISSY
3. NEVER EVER
4. SINCE I LOST MY BABY
5. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS
6. HEY SAH-LO-NEY
7. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME
8. BABY YOU’VE GOT IT
9. I LOVE YOU (YEAH!)
10. WASN’T IT YOU
11. THE HARLEM SHUFFLE
12. THE PLACE
13. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR
14. COME ON, COME WITH ME
15. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE

OUTTAKES
16. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME (Rehearsal)
17. I LOVE YOU (YEAH) (Backing Track Take 1)
18. NEVER EVER (Rehearsal)
19. COME ON, COME WITH ME (Backing Track Take 4)
20. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR (Alternative Version)
21. THE PLACE (Backing Track Take 2)
22. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE (Take 2)
23. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME (Alternative Backing Track)
24. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS (Backing Track)

All tracks previously unissued

DISC THREE

ROLLED GOLD PLUS:THE 1967-68 RECORDINGS
1. COME AROUND
2. SOMETHING TO SAY
3. LOVE IS ALL
4. ICARUS
5. STRANGE ROADS
6. THINGS YOU CANNOT SEE
7. BRAIN (Full Length Version)
8. LOOK AT THE VIEW
9. CLIMBING UP THE WALL (SEE ME) (Full Length Vers.)
10. REALLY DOESN’T MATTER (Full Length Version)
11. I’M A STRANGER
12. LITTLE BOY (Full Length Version)
13. FOLLOW ME
14. IN MY DREAM (George Martin Orchestrated Version)

ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN…
15. ONLY DREAMING
16. DUSTBIN FULL OF RUBBISH
17. AN UNDERSTANDING LOVE
18. MY FAVOURITE DAY
19. A SAYING FOR TODAY

BONUS TRACK
20. IN MY DREAM (Demo Version)

DISC FOUR

ACTION EXTRAS
1. IT AIN’T FAIR – The Boys
2. I WANT YOU – The Boys
3. FINE LOOKING GIRL – The Boys
4. GIRL (WHY YOU WANNA MAKE ME BLUE) (Decca Audition)
5. IN MY LONELY ROOM (Decca Audition)
6. YOU’LL WANT ME BACK (Decca Audition)
7. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON (Live)
8. LAND OF ONE THOUSAND DANCES / UPTIGHT (EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT) (Live)
9. GOING TO A GO-GO (BBC Session)
10. NEVER EVER (BBC Session)
11. INDIA (BBC Session)
12. LOVE IS ALL (BBC Session)
13. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON (“Edsel” mix)
14. BABY YOU’VE GOT IT (“Edsel” mix)
15. THE HARLEM SHUFFLE (“Edsel” mix)
16. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE (“Edsel” mix)
17. NEVER EVER (“Edsel” mix)
18. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR (“Edsel” mix)
19. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME (“Edsel” mix)
20. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS (“Edsel” mix)

14 responses to The Action / Shadows and Reflections

  1. Trevor says:

    So much great music floating around London during the Swingin’ 60s there was no way the record buying public could absorb it all. It created a tremendously competitive atmosphere. Here we are 50+ years later absorbing nuggets from the era. I have the Rolled Gold CD from 2002 and it’s a stunner, if this boxed set has better sound quality l’d like to know about it. Thanks in advance!

  2. Torchomatic says:

    Great stuff. In the early 80s I was a bit of a moddy boy (still am really) and I was really into the Action. You could get records quite cheap back then too.

  3. CAB says:

    Now this was a tip. I’ve never heard of The Action (being of a late 70’s vintage and missing the original mod boat), but I’ve just listened to some songs from Rolled Gold on YouTube.
    That’s a really great sound. Moody Blues after a bottle of Bushmills meets The (Small) Faces with a bit of The Miracles chucked in. Shameless Rickenbacker and a creative drummer to boot. Plus now I know that Paul Weller didn’t just knock off ideas from The Kinks, The Who and The Beatles (not that it matters, but it’s nice to hear the sources.)
    I think I’ll be giving this one a whirl. Thanks for the tip.

  4. The Golden Age Of ---- --'- says:

    Count me in!

  5. Steven says:

    Phil Collins’ favourite band apparently, according to his autobiography….

  6. Adrian Grove says:

    This collection is long overdue. i will certainly be buying it.

  7. Joe Vromen says:

    This is marvellous news. One of my favourite bands. It is a pity we will have to wait so long. But
    it’ll be worthwhile.

  8. Aaron says:

    At the same time they are also issuing a Ltd edition (1000 copies) reimagining of what their debut album would have been like on lp. First 200 orders come with postcards. Called The New Action.
    SIDE ONE
    1. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON
    2. THE CISSY
    3. HEY SAH LO NEY
    4. WASN’T IT YOU
    5. BABY YOU’VE GOT IT
    6. SOMETHING HAS HIT ME

    SIDE TWO
    1. NEVER EVER
    2. SINCE I LOST MY BABY
    3. THE PLACE
    4. THE HARLEM SHUFFLE
    5. TWENTYFOURTH HOUR
    6. SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS

  9. Warren says:

    The Rolled Gold album released a number of years ago and included here is a lost classic and the link between them and Mighty Baby. Can’t wait for this one. Well overdue. Reg King is up there with Stevie Marriott

  10. Growbag says:

    This is one group that should have been massive …….no brainer.

  11. Mark Phillips says:

    Here’s a band that deserved to do better! Somehow there was something missing from many of the Actions singles – that magic fairy dust that makes a hit stand out. They were a legendary live act though, and it’s great to see everything collected here. Should’ve had at least 2 albums out in the sixties but never happened.

    I’ll keep on holding on is a true mod classic, and I can’t wait to hear if it sounds better than ever on this set.

  12. Paul says:

    Edsel records, which was under the same umbrella as Elvis Costello’s F-Beat in the 1980s, were amongst the first to rediscover and reissue forgotten artists and music – at that time, on vinyl.

    I remember “I’ll keep on holding on” being played quite a bit on Radio 1 (Mike Read breakfast show?). I bought “The Ultimate Action” on Edsel on the strength of the single, not realising that it was from the 1960s. None of the singles charted in the 60s and I don’t think they released a whole album while together.

    I still have my vinyl and a carefully ripped CD copy, and I still listen to it. This looks to be a lovingly compiled set at a fair price. But in terms of what you get, I think it’s strictly for the hardcore collector/fan.

  13. Rich Morgan says:

    Really looking forward to this.

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