Action (1984)


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Track Listing:

She's Got The Body {Donnie Sterling}  3:44
Hyperactive {Eddie Watkins, Steve Millang}  6:24
This Love Will Last {D Sterling}  3:58
Can't Explain {Pete Townshend}  3:50
Action Speaks Louder Than Words 
	{Chuckie Booker, Kipper Jones, Cornelius Jones, Rex Silas}  5:05
Cool Me Off {John Barnes, D Sterling}  4:16
Young Love {J Barnes, Kenny St. Louis}  4:24
Telephone Fantasy {J Barnes}  5:20


Producer on "She's Got The Body", "Hyperactive", "This Love Will Last":
  Donnie Sterling, Steve Millang
Producer on "Can't Explain": Donnie Sterling, Tom Vickers, Steve Millang
Producer on "Action Speaks Louder Than Words": Donnie Sterling and 
 Tease Enterptises, Inc.
Producer: "Cool Me Off", "Young Love", "Telephone Fantasy": John Barnes
Lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards: Donnie Sterling
Vocals: Arthur Brown, Rock Goodin, Leroy Davis
Keyboards: Arthur Brown, Leroy Davis
Bass guitar: Juice Johnson
Drums: Rock Goodin
Percussion: Willie Jenkins
Saxophone: Leroy Davis

Additional Musicians:
Keyboards: Bernie Worrell, Gary Taylor, Eddie Watkins
Guitars: Steve Fox, Charles Fearing
Syntheziers: John Barnes, Derek Nakamoto
Bass: Eddie Watkins
Background Vocals: Marva King and James Gilstrap

Rating: RC: *


RC: This is once again Donnie Sterling's group. Unfortunately, it's heavily keyboard dominated. It tries to recall Funkadelic at times (like "Knee Deep" in "She's Got The Body"), but it winds up sounding hollow, like many 'funk' bands at the time. The only good thing about the album are Sterling's vocals, which seem a bit like Rick James. But the material makes you wish you were listening to "Agony Of Defeet" instead. The ballads (like "This Love Will Last") are even worse than the dance numbers, with the synth killing any soulfulness. The album's oddity is a cover of The Who's "Can't Explain", blandly sung and played. The lyrics are strictly cookie-cutter love/sex type blatherings, with no new or interesting concepts. The one semi-interesting song is "Telephone Fantasy", which sounds a bit like Zapp and borrows conceptually from Bootsy. A nice guitar riff and good singing make this one decent.

MT: Bernie Worrell is listed as an additional musician - but this album isn't funky. It's a blatant crossover attempt. A reminder of where the industry was in 1984.