Mod/Psychedelic Garage from the sixties - The Action - Rolled Gold 2002 Flac
The term "lost classic" is applied liberally and often erroneously to
unreleased recordings that resurface years later in a maelstrom of hype.
However, for the forgotten mod rock also-rans the Action, the term is not only justified, it is painfully bittersweet. On par with such classics of the era as The Who Sell Out or Ogden's Nut Gone Flake but more focused than either, the Action's Rolled Gold goes beyond "lost classic" -- it is the influential masterpiece no one was ever allowed to hear. Despite being signed to Beatles producer George Martin's AIR label and benefiting from a strong club following, the Action
never scored a chart hit. By the time they recorded these demo tracks
in 1967, the band had grown weary of the musically limited mod scene,
which was on its last legs. Guitarist Pete Watson had been replaced by Martin Stone,
and the band had developed a more mature sound, one only hinted at on
such previous cuts as "Twenty-Fourth Hour." Prefiguring the coming
psychedelic movement, the songs were epic, heartfelt, melodic socks to
the gut that hinged on vocalist Reggie King's sanguine blue-eyed soul
voice and Alan King's
slabs of guitar harmony -- think The Who's Tommy meets The Byrds' Fifth
Unbelievably, EMI -- AIR's distributor -- was not
interested, and the tracks were shelved. Subsequently, Reggie left the
band to work on a solo album, and the rest of the group struggled on,
eventually morphing into the short-lived hippie band Mighty Baby.
Rather than bemoan what could have been though, you are left with what
is. Playing like the brilliant missing link between mod and psychedelic
rock, Rolled Gold
is experimental without being silly or twee and emotionally mature
without being pompous and boring. It is the type of album that reveals
its brilliance within seconds of hearing the first track and builds
momentum from there.
Tracks such as "Something to Say" and especially
"Brain" with Reggie pleading for immortality over a hugely anthemic
chord progression are as good, if not better, than anything that charted
during the late '60s and sound less dated than many of the Action's contemporaries' efforts. It's as if Paul Weller
time-traveled back to 1967 and wrote the best songs of his career.
Every track is a fully realized melodic and lyrical statement. While
there is a roughness to the demo-quality recording, it only magnifies
the raw emotions the Action were able to translate into timeless music -- music that deserved much better than it got.
What a good band. What a goddamned good band. Every track here is top notch sixties mod music with such a lovely psychedelic feeling that i can't understand why the band don't got the success they deserved. But maybe the things would be different if ''Rolled Gold'' had been released when it was recorded like Ric Menk said.
This is highly recommended if you are in 60's pop music. I know you guys (and girls) will enjoy!