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Album Review

After debuting with 1973's excellent but neglected Show Your Hand (later reissued as Put It Where You Want It), the Average White Band switched from MCA to Atlantic and hit big with this self-titled gem. Upon first hearing gutsy, Tower of Power-influenced funk like "Person to Person" and the instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces" (a number one R&B hit), many soul fans were shocked to learn that not only were the bandmembers white — they were whites from Scotland. Like Teena Marie five years later, AWB embraced soul and funk with so much conviction that it was clear this was anything but an "average" white band. This album is full of treasures that weren't big hits but should have been — including the addictive "You Got It," the ominous "There's Always Someone Waiting," and a gutsy remake of the Isley Brothers' "Work to Do." [When Rhino reissued AWB on CD in 1995, an edited live version of "Pick Up the Pieces" recorded at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival was added. (The full-length version had been included on Rhino's 1994 reissue of Warmer Communications.)]

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AWB

This was the album of the decade in 1973. These guys came out of nowhere and laid down the smoothest badazz funk we ever heard! Songs of love and heartfelt lyics that sent you spinning. Saw the new group with 2 surviving members at Jazz Alley in Seattle Sept 13th. They still have the AWB groove..no doubt. It was amazing to hear them sounding sweet after 35 years!

this one was blowing away all of the house parties back in the day

these guys were killin' it,just straight out jammin.this is still good to the ears and i still jam to this on the regular....peace Hector V.

AWB The Historic Album

Born out of JB funk, it defines the Horn Band that we see in clubs and on later records. It is really timeless and a must for avery Funkin Lover.

Biography

Formed: 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Their self-effacing name to the contrary, Average White Band was anything but — one of the few white groups to cross the color line and achieve success and credibility playing funk, with their tight, fiery sound also belying their Scottish heritage, evoking American R&B hotbeds like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia instead. Singer/bassist Alan Gorrie, guitarists Hamish Stuart and Onnie McIntyre, tenor saxophonist Malcolm Duncan, keyboardist/saxophonist Roger Ball, and drummer Robbie McIntosh...
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