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In Action: The Complete Columbia Sides Plus!
     

In Action: The Complete Columbia Sides Plus!

by Keith Allison
 
Keith Allison is a talented guy who has worked with some of the biggest names in rock & roll, but he owes his solo career to simple good luck. In 1965, Texas-born Allison was at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles hoping to get paid for a demo session he played on for Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart when someone

Overview

Keith Allison is a talented guy who has worked with some of the biggest names in rock & roll, but he owes his solo career to simple good luck. In 1965, Texas-born Allison was at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles hoping to get paid for a demo session he played on for Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart when someone spotted him and thought he'd look good on television. That of all things led to a regular gig on ABC-TV's rock music show Where the Action Is! and a record deal with Columbia. In Action: The Complete Columbia Sides Plus! features Allison's 1967 album In Action in its entirety, along with 12 bonus tracks from singles he cut for Columbia and Amy Records between 1966 and 1970. Allison was a fine singer, a solid guitarist, and a gifted songwriter, but he doesn't get much of a chance to show off the latter on his album; while he penned one of the best of its 11 songs, "Freeborn Man," in tandem with Mark Lindsay (it's a country-flavored tune good enough that Bill Monroe and Jimmy Martin both recorded it), the rest are covers that offer up a cross section of what was happening in pop at the time -- two Monkees covers, two Donovan tunes, several numbers about cars and girls, and a smattering of well-scrubbed R&B for seasoning. The arrangements are sharp and Allison's voice is clear and versatile, with his faint Texas accent adding a nice twist to the songs. However, it's the single sides that feature the most interesting material (all in punchy mono that sounds tighter than the more spacious stereo mixes on the album); "Glitter and Gold" and "I Ain't Blamin' You" are teen pop with some real grit, "Look at Me" and "Everybody" give Allison room to show off his songwriting chops, and "Who Do You Love" and a medley of "Johnny B. Goode" and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" demonstrate he had a firm command of rock & roll basics. A year after In Action was released, Allison joined Paul Revere & the Raiders, and since then he's worked with everyone from Harry Nilsson to Alice Cooper, but this disc shows Allison clearly had the goods for a solo career, even if his sales figures suggested otherwise.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2014
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064002406
catalogNumber:
400240
Rank:
94070

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Allison   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Keith Allison   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Photo Courtesy
Barry Mann   Composer
Terry Melcher   Composer,Producer
Phil Spector   Composer
Joe Brooks   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Mort Garson   Arranger
Bobby Hart   Composer
Mark Lindsay   Composer,Producer
Larry Marks   Producer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Gary Usher   Producer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Beau Charles   Composer
Jesse Lee Kincaid   Composer
Donovan Leitch   Composer
Jeff James   Producer
Jimmy Haskell   Arranger
Joe Marchese   Liner Notes
David "Curly" Williams   Composer
Bobby Randell   Composer
Judy Allison   Composer

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