Action, The

Also known as Action!, The
Members of Action, The: Alan King (3), Ian Whiteman, Martin Stone (2), Mike Evans, Pete Watson, Reg King, Roger Powell (2)
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Discography of Action, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Action Packed! 17 Audio 2001 Edsel Records
2 Uptight And Outasight 12 Audio 2004 Circle Records (6)
3 Uptight And Outasight 31 Audio 2004 Circle Records (6)
4 Brain (The Lost Recordings 1967/68) 15 Audio 1995 Dig The Fuzz Records
5 Brain (The Lost Recordings 1967/68) 15 Audio 1995 Autumn Stone Archives
6 The Ultimate! Action 17 Audio 1990 Edsel Records
7 Rolled Gold 15 Audio 1998
8 Rolled Gold 15 Audio 1998
9 In The Lap Of The Mods 3 Audio 2000 Rolled Gold Productions
10 Never Ever / Twenty Four Hours 2 Audio 1967 Parlophone
11 16 Slices of... the Action 16 Audio Carnaby Records
12 I'll Keep Holding On 2 Audio 1966 Parlophone
13 Never Ever 4 Audio 1967 Parlophone
14 Shadows And Reflections 2 Audio 1982-06-00 Edsel Records
15 Never Ever / Twenty Fourth Hour 4 Audio 1967-02-00 Capitol Records
16 Baby You've Got It 2 Audio 1966-07-01 Parlophone
17 Shadows And Reflections 2 Audio 1967-06-23 Parlophone
18 Land Of One Thousand Dances 2 Audio 1965-10-15 Parlophone
19 Rolled Gold 14 Audio 1997
20 Shadows And Reflections 4 Audio 1967 Odeon
21 The Ultimate Action 17 Audio Demon Records
22 Shadows And Reflections 2 Audio 1967-06-23 Parlophone
23 I'll Keep Holding On 2 Audio 1966 Parlophone
24 Never Ever 2 Audio 1967 Parlophone
25 The Ultimate Action 14 Audio 1980 Edsel Records
26 The Singles Boxset 17 Audio 2014-04-19 Demon Records

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 [url=,+The+(12)]The Boys[/url] 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 [l=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 [a=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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