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First U.S. CD release for this long out-of-print classic. When Shake Some Action blasted onto the tired 1976 music scene, the Groovies' Dave Edmunds-produced update on British Invasion style, along with the Ramones debut that same year were the early tremors of the punk shockwave that has resonated for decades. Detailed liner notes by music historian and current Groovies bassist Alec Palao.

1. Shake Some Action
2. Sometimes
3. Yes, It's True
4. St. Louis Blues
5. You Tore Me Down
6. Please Please Girl
7. Let the Boy Rock and Roll
8. Don't You Lie to Me
9. She Said Yeah
10. I'll Cry Alone
11. Misery
12. I Saw Her
13. Teenage Confidential
14. I Can't Hide

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dbk Works
  • ASIN: B0009OORH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have heard the song "Shake Some Action" some 5,000 times since 1977, and from the opening notes, and from the moment those first, dark, pulsing notes ring out, the same thing happens: The world stands still, reality drops away, and I am enveloped in a total shivering, dark, throbbing universe of thrill, memory and obsession. Not only is this song one of the greatest pop recordings ever, it is one of the most striking works of art ever created. Absolute perfection. Nothing else on the album is quite as good as the song "Shake Some Action" (whose first five seconds alone are towering, monumental), but very little in all of human creative endeavor quite matches it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I found the vinyl version of "Shake Some Action" in a bargain bin at a Moscow, Idaho, department store nearly 20 years ago, not knowing who the hell these guys were, and that album still gets plenty of play. It's so good that I'm reluctant to buy anything else by the Groovies for fear it will taint my feelings for this release. Absolutely great album/CD. Buy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By raja99 on August 7, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first got into the Flamin' Groovies in the late 60's, when I heard their first album "Supersnazz". Guitarist Cyril Jordan and singer/writer Roy Loney seemed to compliment each other perfectly, which was the drive behind this excellent rock band. Despite putting out 3 quality albums ("Flamingo" and "Teenage Head" being the other two), sales were poor and the band received little recognition in the U.S., although they were pretty popular in Europe. Following "Teenage Head", Loney left the band over differences with Jordan and Jordan subsequently moved the band to Europe, where they lingered in obscurity for several years.
After hooking up with Dave Edmunds, the band released "Shake Some Action" in 1976. Complete with ringing guitars and Edmund's bass-heavy production, the quality of this album is simply superb. From start to finish there is not a bad song on this album. Amazingly, nearly every song sounds like it must have been a hit record during the British Invasion era. It was a complete anachronism in the mid-70's, but it sounded fresh and lively and it worked.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toby Dammit on April 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I find the seeming obscurity of this album difficult to understand based upon the strength of the title track alone, which is - to put it mildly - brilliant. Shake Some Action (the song) is a pulse-pounding power-pop / proto-punk anthem in the grandest sense; the rest of the album, however, is a bit of a curious anachronism. The Groovies find themselves shying away from the grittier, more raw (often almost sleazy) Stones-esque sound they created on Teenage Head in favor of a more melodic 'Beatles circa 1966' sound - but in 1976! Put side by side with original British Invasion era hits, these songs stand up for themselves, unfortunately they were released ten years too late (and, as such, found primarily only a cult following). One could argue, however, that these songs too were ahead of their time (for everything, particularly musicals fads, work in cycles). Was it not the music of the British Invasion 9as well as American Garage) that was the primary influence on the then burgeoning (in 1976 that is) punk movement? And it would be only a few more years hence that power-pop would make its greatest maks on the music charts with the likes of The Romantics, The Knack, and others doing what The Flamin' Groovies had already done to perfection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
An absolutely perfect record. Cheap Trick may have picked up the fallen Beatles banner; but the Groovies tapped right into their DNA with this one. And, they've mixed in more than a little Brian Jones for good measure. This disc is a mod monster. It's aliiiiiiive!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By le_chimp on November 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Groovies are one of THE BEST never-heard-of-em power-pop groups out there, and this release was both their best effort and one of the finest examples of power-pop-ery you'll ever find.
IF YOU LOVE BIG STAR, CHEAP TRICK OR TEENAGE FANCLUB [AND HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THESE GUYS], TRUST ME AND THE OTHER GUYS HERE. IT'S A GUARANTEED, NO-DISAPPOINT BUY THAT WON'T LEAVE YOUR PLAYER FOR SOME TIME.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TimothyFarrell22 on January 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I know Roy Loney fans will disagree with me (pointing to "Teenage Head" as the Groovies' finest album), but I considor this to be the band's best album. The Groovies were, at the time, a complete anachronism. Few bands were as unabashedly old fashioned in sound as them. While other bands were making "rock" albums with overloads of synthesizers and production, the Groovies were making albums that sound like they could've come out during the British Invasion. However, this wasn't a bad thing, far from it. The group showed how great classic rock 'n' roll was, rejecting the pretenses that plauged the lame arena rock bands that were popular at the time. Their albums after this were good but inconsistent. Those albums had moments of brilliance, but also had a good amount of filler and uninspired covers. This album, however, is great from start to finish. Not to mention the fact that the title track is, as many people have noted, one of power pop's finest moments. As I stated above, this album was a complete anachronism when it was released. However, they were one of the first bands to do this, paving the way for many subsequent power pop bands and becoming one of America's greatest cult bands. An overlooked masterpeice, this is the best starting place (along with "Groovies Greatest Grooves") to get acquainted with one of America's greatest bands.
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