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Format: CD
Sku: 223014902
UPC: 826992023526
UPC 14: 00826992023526
Release Date: 8/23/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Pick Up the Pieces ~ The Average White Band
2. Work To Do ~ The Average White Band
3. Love of Your Own, A ~ The Average White Band
4. Person To Person ~ The Average White Band
5. Got the Love ~ The Average White Band
6. Sweet & Sour ~ The Average White Band
7. Cut the Cake ~ The Average White Band
8. I Heard It Through the Grapevine ~ The Average White Band
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Onnie McIntyre (vocals, guitar); Alan Gorrie (vocals); Hamish Stuart (guitar); Roger Ball (alto saxophone, keyboards); Molly Duncan (tenor saxophone); Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Michael Heatley.
Muze PNote Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festival (07/10/1977).
Muze PNote Director: Claude Nobs.
Muze PNote Scotland's Average White Band was hitting a commercial and arguably artistic peak in 1977 when they hit the stage at Montreux's Jazz Festival. This hour-long CD, culled from the DVD which includes three more tracks, shows the six-piece (with added percussionist Sammy Figueroa) in fine fettle, running through their hits, covers, and even an as yet unrecorded "Pick Up the Pieces"-styled instrumental ("Sweet & Sour" would later appear on 1978's Warmer Communications). Although most of the eight tunes are also included on 1977's live Person to Person, these performances are hotter and not edited together. AWB liked to expand songs, often past their breaking points, during concerts, which is exemplified here with 14 minutes of "Cut the Cake" (nearly quadrupling the time of the studio version with lengthy solos from each member), and another 12 on a cover of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"). Some of it you had to be there for, especially the incessant "everybody get up" shouts of encouragement during the somewhat drawn-out "Grapevine," a tune that doesn't quite justify its extended length unless you were caught up in the concert excitement. But generally, this is a rollicking, funky, soulful gig from a band that clearly loved playing live and relished the improvisational sparks created in that environment as opposed to their more controlled but just as compelling studio performances. Hearing this gig in retrospect, knowing that AWB only had one more good album in them and were soon to fall from the public's graces (although decades later various musicians have continued touring under its moniker) with lackluster recordings that never captured the sheer exuberance of playing heard in this sparkling set, makes it even more valuable. One quibble is that with 15 minutes of CD time unused, at least one of those three songs edited from the DVD could have been added. ~ Hal Horowitz

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Pure Funk
Muze Music Compilations Chronic Les: great Breaks From The Ch
Muze Music Compilations Atlantic Records: Time Capsule (Limited Edition)
Muze Music Compilations All My Friends Are Here
Muze Music Compilations We Love The Nightlife(w/ Book)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Ever Party Album
Muze Music Compilations Far Out 70's Hits:15 Original Hits Of

Associated Artists and Works

Atkin, Pete

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/23/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ER 202352
Music Label Name Label : Eagle Records (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00826992023526

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Average White Band
Product attributeLabel:   Eagle Rock Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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