- Audio CD (14 Jan 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Hit
- ASIN: B000024CIZ
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Ironically, MCA's near-criminal inability to sell the band's first album (Show Your Hand, whose cheeky Put It Where You Want It opens proceedings) led to the band being snapped up by the USA's premier soul label, Atlantic. Their second effort, AWB, was produced by the legendary Arif Mardin (as were many more) and almost instantly yielded several classics that would become the band's calling cards for years. Chief amongst these is, of course, the mighty Pick Up The Pieces. A DJ's saving grace when all else fails, its snappy horn riff and hi-hat driven funk is as perfect as anything the Meters would ever serve up. The album is also plundered here for You Got it and Person To Person; more soul gold, which was to be the trend over the next few years.
Cut The Cake's title track was an obvious attempt to recreate the perfection of Pick Up The Pieces. A foolhardy wish, but still a stupendously funky attempt. This album along with its follow up Soul Searching remain peerless examples of danceable soul.
Their sound inevitably became more disco-fied as the decade wore on; Queen Of My Soul being an early dance floor classic. As such the band's stock remained high in the States, allowing them to coast into the 80s on classics as tasty as Let's Go Round Again. Still performing (albeit with only two original members) to this day, there's little on this collection that's not grade A funk. It's a timely reminder of how great soul can come from anywhere in the world. --Chris Jones
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