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First official release on cd of the extremely rare solo album by the singer of the 60's group "The Action". Originally released on the "United Artists" label in 1971 the 'Reg King' album is a neglected 'lost classic'. Lon... more »
First official release on cd of the extremely rare solo album by the singer of the 60's group "The Action". Originally released on the "United Artists" label in 1971 the 'Reg King' album is a neglected 'lost classic'. Long sought-after by collectors, with original copies regularly achieving three-figure sums, this record features all original King/Dale material, with backing from the highly respected musicians of "B.B. Blunder" (ex-Blossom Toes) and "Mighty Baby" (ex-The Action).
Quite A Surprise
Fred Rayworth | Las Vegas, NV United States | 02/14/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I am actually reviewing a reel to reel copy of the original album, burned to CD. I found this album in the base library at Torrejon AB in Spain. I'd just got a reel to reel tape deck and went crazy recording everything that even looked remotely interesting. Unfortunately, I recorded so much, I never got around to actually listening to this stuff until 36 years later!
The sound fidelity of my copy to CD is horrible, with everything skewed to the right channel and the sound muffled, the vocals buried in the background. Despite all, I really like this album. The first few songs remind me of Pete Townshend, not in the music but the vocal style. It is very British sounding. Not bad songs but then things get really interesting with two poppish cuts with In My Dreams, and Little Boy. After only listening to this album one or maybe two times 36 years ago, I instantly remembered those two songs as I heard them again. The rest of the album has some good songs too, but they require a few more listens to really get into.
Overall, this is a lost gem that should have done much better. Then again, there are literally hundreds of albums out there that deserve more. So much for the music biz. A lost gem. Highly recommended.
Reg King - self-titled (Circle) 3 1/2 stars
Mike Reed | USA | 11/11/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1971 - as this is the only solo effort by the former Action vocalist. You get the lp's initial tracks + seven remixes of the album's actual songs. Couple here that I found to be inspiring were the (sort of) Procol Harum-like "You Go Have Yourself A Good Time", the jamming "That Ain't Living" and the twelve-minute "Savannah". Check out the impressive personnel: Reg King-guitar & vocals, Brian Auger-keyboards, Brian Belshaw-bass & vocals, George Barker- trumpet, Ian Whiteman-flute, Mick Taylor-guitar, Barry Jenkins-drums and Doris Troy & Brenda French-vocals. Overall, not a bad pick."