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Awb [Us Import] [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Average White Band Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (20 Jun 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00000337K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Got It
2. Got The Love
3. Pick Up The Pieces
4. Person To Person
5. Work To Do
6. Nothing You Can Do
7. Just Wanna Love You Tonight
8. Keepin' It To Myself
9. I Just Can't Give You Up
10. There's Always Someone Waiting
11. Pick Up The Pieces (The Atlantic Family Live At Montreux)

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BBC Review

Originally released on Atlantic Records, the Average White Band's second album, AWB (or indeed, 'the white album' as it became known) was one of the breeziest, greasiest funk statements ever to appear on record. From a bunch of scotsmen.

It's easy to forget just how much of an impact the Average White Band made when they appeared on the scene in the early 70s. Their first album on MCA, Show Your Hand went some way to capturing the magic of their live sets; but it was when they signed to Atlantic - the home of R&B - for millions that their recordings fell in line with their electrifying stage work.

Produced by no less than Arif Mardin under the watchful gaze of Jerry Wexler, this truly was Celtic soul; slippery, gritty, as dirty as you like. Wexler had seen them live and knew they would fit in to the label's roster perfectly. It was a case of the outsiders being welcomed to a seat at the top table.

Sharing vocal duties were Hamish Stuart and Alan Gorrie, who both swapped guitar and bass. Along with this came the metronomic rhythm playing of Onnie McIntyre while Robbie MacIntosh, who was to die tragically later in 1974, provided the robust backbeat.
Pick Up The Pieces was, of course, the showstopper. With tight, unified playing from the Dundee Horns (Roger Ball and Molly Duncan), it blasted its way to the top of the US charts in early 1975 and into the UK Top 10. When you know that James Brown put together a side project with the title Above Average Black Band and called the track Pick Up The Pieces One By One, you can understand how deeply the feathers had been ruffled.
A convincing cover of the Isley Brothers Work To Do showed that AWB were not afraid to take on the heavy hitters - the irony of a white group embracing soul playing a black group embracing rock was noteworthy.

The record was a huge hit and established AWB for the best part of a decade in funk's first division. Hear it today and you'll still be surprised by its vibrancy. --Daryl Easlea

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No bad fir some boys fae Broughty! 3 Jan 2004
By olip74
Format:Audio CD
These guys come from the Dundee area (my home town) and their ironic name belies the fact that they are an extraordinary funk and soul outfit. Their influences are firmly rooted in the Motown/Stax sound as evinced here by their fantastic cover of the Isley bros. 'Work to Do' (They also went on to record an album with Ben E. King).
This album was released in 1974 and the standout track (which you will instantly recognise as soon as the funk guitar hook kicks in) is 'Pick Up the Pieces'. It has been a standard for funk and soul DJs up and down the country ever since. For me the funkier numbers are my favourites though the album mainly comprises harmony soul tracks. If you like Motown/Stax or just plain good soul music get this album. The harmonies are spot on and the playing is (very!) slick and tight.
I couldn't believe this had no review!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection 24 Mar 2006
By Carole
Format:Audio CD
This is without any doubt the greatest blue eyed soul album of all time.
There is nothing at all here that puts a foot wrong; the arrangements are fantastic, the musicianship stunning and the voices are sublime.
There is no filler, no treading water and nothing jarring. This is a delight from start to finish. A complete must have album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWB magic 18 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are considering buying an AWB album, look no further, this is the very, very best. A wonderful record, not a bad track on it, and as funky as your head.
I remember sitting on the stairs in Bibas in Kensington High Street back in 1974, and thinking "it doesn't get much better than this" - and you know what? It hasn't!
A lovely, lovely record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Soul 13 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic album, probably the best that I've ever heard. There is not a single weak song.
I bought this months ago and must have heard it a hundred times since then.
However, the music still sounds as fresh on the 101st listen as it did on the 1st.
I would definately recommend it. I love the falsetto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Safe & siuound 4 Mar 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
My ordered album arrived safely and well packaged on the due date, it is as described and sounds really great
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