The Action: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 26, 2022

429) The Action — “Little Boy”

Let me repeat my–, er, let Matt Collar repeat himself (see #393):

The term “lost classic” is applied liberally and often erroneously to unreleased recordings that resurface years later in a maelstrom of hype. However, for . . . the Action, the term is not only justified, it is painfully bittersweet. . . . [This] goes beyond “lost classic” — it is the influential masterpiece no one was ever allowed to hear. . . . By the time they recorded [Rolled Gold‘s] demo tracks in 1967, the band had grown weary of the musically limited mod scene, which was on its last legs. . . . Prefiguring the coming psychedelic movement, the songs were epic, heartfelt, melodic socks to the gut . . . think The Who’s Tommy meets The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension. Unbelievably, EMI — AIR’s distributor — was not interested, and the tracks were shelved. . . . Playing like the brilliant missing link between mod and psychedelic rock, [it] is experimental without being silly or twee and emotionally mature without being pompous and boring. . . . [Some t]racks . . . are as good, if not better, than anything that charted during the late ’60s . . . .

https://www.allmusic.com/album/rolled-gold-mw0000661275

“Little boy, going to school. But just beware you’re living by the rule. Take your time, learn how to play. Gradually the rules will fade away. And when you’re all grown up, you can sing it too. People gather round sing it back to you. Little boy, pick up your books. And wander by the rivers and the brooks. Take your time, learn how to sing, suddenly the bells begin to ring. . . .”

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