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2010 Top 30 New and Old #18

This year The Black Keys delivered their best album yet, “Brothers” is the sixth album by the US rock/blues duo outfit.

This their first single from the album has gained yet further coverage resulting from its inclusion as part of the soundtrack to EA Sports FIFA 11 game.

“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys

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To view a previous post on The Black Keys click HERE

The great Elkie Brooks started out this year as one of my Guilty Pleasures posts purely because to the masses she had become to be seen as a “scampi in a basket” cabaret singer.

To the more discerning music lover she was and remains one of the UK’s best woman R&B singers.

In the first of her two appearances in this year-end review here she is with Vinegar Joe which also included the late great Robert Palmer.

“Proud To Be (A Honky Woman)” – Vinegar Joe

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December 13, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Blues, Old Music, R&B, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Reg King (The Action)

It was only yesterday that I discovered that Reg King, front man with The Action, had passed away in October after losing his fight with cancer.

In a way, The Action were the ultimate Mod band. Mods hated commercialism, and once bands like the Small Faces became popular, they were suddenly teen stars, playing to a large screaming girl contingent. The Action packed the clubs like the best of their contemporaries, but their records never placed well. When the band played Brighton the Mods would wait on their scooters on the outskirts of town for the band’s van and then escort the group through the streets like conquering heroes.

The Action supported The Who during their Marquee residency, and subsequently headlined at the legendary venue.

The group formed in North London in 1963, and soon after backed up Sandra Barry as “The Boys.” They released one single with her, “Really Gonna Shake,” penned by Reg King, on Decca Records.

They became The Action in ’64, around the time that guitarist Pete Watson came on board. In clubs, they mostly did the Tamla Motown stuff they adored. Signed to Parlophone through AIR Studios and produced by George Martin, their early singles included a great version of “Land of a 1000 Dances”

They would continue to out-Soul their contemporaries in 1966 with “Baby You’ve Got It” and the aforementioned “Since I Lost My Baby.”

“Baby You’ve Got It” – The Action

The group apparently had their Soul chops together from the outset: they turned out a remarkable rendering of the Impression’s “I Love You (Yeah!)” in ’64, with the band matching the near-falsetto Impressions on the harmonies… and sounding great.

 

To buy the music of The Action click HERE

For more info on The Action visit Perfect Sound Forever

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Mod, News, Old Music, The Who, Video | , , | Leave a comment

   

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