In Action: The Complete Columbia Sides Plus!

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064002406
  • Catalog Number: 400240
  • Sales rank: 44,418

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Louise (1:56)
  2. 2 I'm a Believer (2:36)
  3. 3 Freeborn Man (3:00)
  4. 4 Lies (2:48)
  5. 5 I Wanna Be Free (2:39)
  6. 6 Colours (2:46)
  7. 7 Good Thing (2:49)
  8. 8 Action, Action, Action (2:23)
  9. 9 Catch the Wind (3:35)
  10. 10 Leave My Woman Alone (3:13)
  11. 11 Do It (2:13)
  12. 12 Action, Action, Action (2:16)
  13. 13 Glitter and Gold (2:16)
  14. 14 I Ain't Blamin' You (2:20)
  15. 15 Look At Me (2:53)
  16. 16 Who Do You Love (2:24)
  17. 17 I Don't Want Nobody But You (2:37)
  18. 18 Birds of a Feather (2:29)
  19. 19 To Know Her is To Love Her (2:33)
  20. 20 Johnny B. Goode/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (3:20)
  21. 21 Toad Jam Blues (5:29)
  22. 22 Everybody (3:01)
  23. 23 Wednesday's Child (2:25)
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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
Al Stillman Composer
Gary Usher Producer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Beau Charles Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
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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