Wednesday, June 15, 2016

40 Year Itch : Bust Out At Full Speed

Flamin' Groovies : Shake Some Action

  Recorded in 1972 at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Wales, and produced by Dave Edmunds --hot off his echo-y US #4 hit "I Hear You Knocking"-- "Shake Some Action" introduces a new version of Flamin' Groovies. Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson, who replaced the departing Roy Loney, shared a love for 60's pop, 12 string guitars and Beatlesque harmonies. 
   "Shake Some Action" is the band's magnum opus. Recorded in the same session as "Slow Death" and "You Tore Me Down", "Shake Some Action" wouldn't see the light of day until Seymour Stein signed the band to Sire Records and sent the band back into the studio to record enough tracks for an album.

  That album--released in June of 1976-- is one of the best of the year. As a college radio DJ, I knew I could always rely on a cut from Shake Some Action to shake things up. If not the title cut, there's "I'll Cry Alone", " I Can't Hide", "You Tore Me Down" and "Yes It's True".

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