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5.0 out of 5 stars CALEDONIAN SOUL BROTHERS,
This review is from: Average White Band (Audio CD)
I've forgotten how many copies I have of the AWB White Album ... First bought on vinyl in 75 [lent it to a girl that I met at the Apollo in Glasgow and never saw it or her again]... replaced it, bought it on tape for the car, then on CD as soon as it was released, and then on CD again when it was re-mastered.
Like a select band of classic albums [Marvin's - I Want You, Stevie's - Innervisions, Bowie's - Ziggy, Rod's - Every Picture, Marleys - Exodus & Hall & Oates Abandoned Luncheonette] I guess I'll keep on buying this one in every damm format they ever release !
The great thing about this particular release is that there is a bonus disc that is worth paying the money for alone ... The disc is made up from the much talked about, but until now un-heard 'Clover' sessions ...
The Clover sessions should have been the bands 2nd album for MCA, but they were cut from the label, and when they signed for Atlantic they took the songs with them and re-recorded most of them under the stewardship of the great Atlantic & Aretha producer Arif Mardin.
Unlike most demo's this set is excellently recorded and the playing as you'd expect from the boys is awesome. There is a freshness and vitality to the recordings that in some instances is even better than the slick Atlantic release. There are also a couple of new songs on the Clover sessions, that didn't make the White Album.
The White Album itself is just pure class.. from the opening chords of 'You Got It' to a magic version of the Isley's 'Work To Do' to the legendary 'Pick up the pieces' every single song is worthty of inclusion.
The playing is immense, and the vocals shared by the great Hamish Stuart and Alan Gorrie are superb. I once read that AWB were the ultimate band ... on their own all very competent musicians, but as a unit .... Awesome.
If you don't own the White Album ... you gotta get it. If you do then you've still gotta buy this version for the 'Clover Sessions'
This is Soul Music at it's finest ... the fact that these guys were Caledonian Soul Brothers, who could play like the JB's with names like Hamish and Onnie was just a bonus to all us white boys with no rhythm.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't want to be "Keeping it to myself",
Wonderful review by Fitzp22. All that i will add is this album contains some of the sweetest soul music ever made, Regretfully the Average White Band are vastly underrated in the UK and this album in particular seems to have slipped under the radar of so many soul music lovers here.They still remain one of the most successful British groups in the U.S. Even soul music stations here can only offer up "pick up the pieces" as their only track on the play list."Work to do", "Nothing you can do",!person to person!,Keeping it to myself". If you hear anything better than these gems sung with REAL soul then please let me know!
I guarantee if you buy this, it will instantly be amongst the TOP 5 albums you ever bought!! ENJOY!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want an AWB album this is the one,
Apart from the seminal Pick up the pieces this album has something for everyone. Work to Do and You Got it are true party tracks. Are these guys really from Scotland? Best thing to come out of Dundee!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have this 'album' back,
Great to have this 'album' back. I wore this out on Vinyl over 30 years ago. Still sounds as fresh as ever. Great to have it back again.
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