- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
The Mad Lads were a Rhythm and Blues band who got their start on the Stax label in their hometown of Memphis. Their mischievous deeds and practical jokes helped give them their name and their talent gave them great placement on the R&B and Pop charts. "In Action" was their first album and was released in 1967. Here on disc for the first time you can revel in their versatility and winning renditions of covers and original songs.
- 1.I Want Someone
- 2.Come Closer To Me
- 3.I'm Learning (In The Ways Of My Love)
- 4.You're My Inspiration
- 5.Michael The Lover
- 6.You Mean So Much To Me
- 7.Don't Have To Shop Around
- 8.Land Of 1000 Dances
- 9.Nothing Can Break Through
- 10.She's The One
- 11.Get Out Of My Life
- 12.Sugar Sugar
- 13.What Will Love Tend To Make You Do
- 14.These Simple Reasons
- 15.I Don't Want To Lose Your Love
- 16.Mr. Fix It
The Mad Lads includes: John Gary Williams, William Brown, Julius Green, Harold Thomas.
Includes orginal liner notes by Deanie Parker and reissue liner notes by Mark Marymount.
Personnel: John Gary Williams (vocals); Julius Green (tenor); William Brown (baritone); Robert Phillips (bass voice).
Liner Note Authors: Deanie Parker; Mark Marymont.
In Action includes all of the Mad Lads first recordings, except for their debut "Sidewalk Surf." The waltz tempo, pleading "I Want Someone" went to number ten (R&B) and number 74 (Pop), and is their biggest selling single. Lead singer John Gary Williams had a pleading, crying singing style that was unmistakably Southern. "Come Closer to Me" features some hokey bass under Williams' enthusiastic lead. The C.O.D.'s hit the big-time with "Michael the Lover," but listening to the Mad Lads re-recording, you'd think it was written just for them. Remakes comprise 25-percent of the album. "Don't Have to Shop Around," a slow ballad, features smooth harmonies over Williams expressive tenor, and has a quirky doo wop sound. It may be the only Southern doo wop record ever; it's also the Mad Lads second best-selling record, charting at number 11 (R&B) and number 93 (Pop). The most interesting track is the chugging "Nothing Can Break Through"; it features sudden stops and changes and creative harmonies. ~ Andrew Hamilton