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Average White Band - Live at Montreux, 1977


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMJFVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The AVERAGE WHITE BAND (or AWB) came together in 1973 from various Scottish soul and jazz groups. They became one of the few white bands to achieve both success and critical acclaim playing funk. Their breakthrough release, Pick Up The Pieces, was a No.1 single in the US and a top 10 in the UK and across Europe in 1975.

AWB only played at Montreux in 1977, but that year they not only had their own concert, which forms this DVD release, but also acted as the backing group for a number of other acts. However, this headline performance was definitely one of the stand-out nights of the ‘77 Festival. It includes the hit tracks Pick Up The Pieces, Work To Do, A Love Of Your Own and Cut The Cake.

Included as a bonus feature are three tracks that it was felt could not be restored to a high enough standard to be included in the main show but which will be of interest to AWB fans: 1. IF I EVER LOSE THIS HEAVEN 2. I'M THE ONE 3. T.L.C.

The stereo & surround sound on the main show have been mixed from original multitrack tapes and approved by Arif Mardin.

Tracklisting:

1. PICK UP THE PIECES

2. WORK TO DO

3. A LOVE OF YOUR OWN

4. PERSON TO PERSON

5. GOT THE LOVE

6. SWEET AND SOUR

7. CUT THE CAKE

8. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Infante on October 15, 2005
Format: DVD
Having had the opportunity to see AWB in person several times in the late 70s and early 80s, I was thrilled to find out that there is FINALLY a DVD capturing the band's live performance at the peak of their trade. This is an incredible DVD capturing an energetic and FUN-KY performance. The video quality is dated -- looking almost like it was filmed by a personal video camera. But what it lacks in video quality is made up in the excellent DTS remixing of the audio. AWB has not sounded better live since they performed live.

Compared to other DVDs with the later incarnations of the band, this DVDs is heads & shoulders above. If you are an AWB fan, this is a MUST OWN. If you're too young to remember anything about AWB (except maybe Pick Up The Pieces) this concert will show you how it was done Old School style: real musicians, playing real music LIVE ... and dripping with soul. Enjoy!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Boehi Peter on October 15, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Taped at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977 this concert video shows its age in picture quality but delivers some good audio quality. This minor quibble aside lets get to the core of the DVD - the concert itself. AWB were on top of their game at 1977 and this concert footage shows a tight, funky and constantly grooving band bringing the crowd to their feet and dancing. Anchored by the heavy funk drumming by Steve Ferrone supported by percussionist Sammy Figueroa the energy keeps on flowing. The show is boldly opened with the classic hit "Pick Up The Pieces" and delivers hit after hit like "Cut The Cake", "Person To Person", "Work To Do" - wish I was there myself! I am glad that such great concerts become available now and look forward to more great music videos from the Montreux Jazz Festival series. Don't miss this one!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. Williams on February 20, 2006
Format: DVD
THIS IS THE BEST AVERAGE WHITE BAND CONCERT BY FAR, HOWEVER THE PICTURE QUALITY IS BAD AT TIMES BUT THE SOUND IS GREAT!THEY SOUND EXACTLY LIKE THEMSELVES,NO JOKE. A MUST FOR A W B FANS.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RJM Music Man on January 31, 2012
Format: DVD
As many others have mentioned this is a great show. Regretfully though they did another performance of Pick Up The Pieces (22 minutes long and not the version included with this DVD) during the night as they jammed with many other great musicians. This performance can be found on a rather obscure (and never released on CD) record album called "The Atlantic Family Live At Montreux". The record is avaialble if you search online, but is going for a higher price. However if you are a AWB fan you must have this version. It is the best jam I've ever heard. This version can also be heard, but cut by 15 minutes, on their re-release of AWB. Why it was cut I'll never understand. It was from the same record label and it had plenty of space to fit it all. If this was included I would have given this 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson on November 30, 2012
Format: DVD
As the title indicates, this is a live performance by Average White Band during the Montreaux Jazz Festival in July 1977. This is a very good DVD of AWB at its peak. Considering that this was shot before the days of VCRs, DVDs and music videos, one has to congratulate Claude Nobs and the Montreaux Jazz Festival for having had the foresight to videotape this concert at a time when there was no mass market for concert videos.

Amazon has not included a complete set list on this DVD so here it is:

1./ Pick Up The Pieces
2. Work To Do
3./ A Love Of Your Own
4./ Person To Person
5./ Got The Love
6./ Sweet And Sour
7./ Cut The Cake
8./ I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Bonus Tracks

1./ If I Ever Lose This Heaven
2./ I'm The One
3./ T.L.C.

The sound on this DVD is good but the camera work and editing are pretty sloppy in places. The director often calls for extreme close up head shots that are basically looking straight up the performer's nostrils. In other extreme close ups the director calls for shots of instruments which make little visual sense; a lengthy shot (about 10 seconds or so) of the sound hole on a saxophone during a sax solo is one example that comes to mind. The cameras are often shooting directly into the overhead stage lights which, given the video camera technology of the day, essentially washed out the shot. So the video quality, while acceptable for 1970s video, is not great.

On the bonus tracks, the director is only using one stationary camera set on a wide angle in front of the stage so the shot is of the entire atage while the band is performing. And that's it for camera work on the three bonus tracks!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Scott Guinta on December 8, 2006
Format: DVD
I think fans (and not) should remember that this DVD is from 1977 and not current and therefore the video quality will not be as more modern dvd's. The audio is fine and the actual content is extraodinary. The performance is nothing short of outstanding. Anyone looking for a representative performance of this band should be pleased.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tall Paul on September 15, 2007
Format: DVD
How can they leave out their greatest and funkiest song School Boy Crush? I was really disappointed this song wasn't included. Nonetheless this DVD captures AWB in their prime
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tracy G. Mallory on August 8, 2009
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Here we go! This dvd was a great experience for me. Not just as a musician, but as a person who loves music. The pros if you will! ORIGINAL INSTRUMENTS, AND BAND MEMBERS make this dvd special. The engineers remixxed the sound very well, bringing out every note you knew wasn't on the original. You can see how the band jelled together, making tight clean music. I was impressed with all of the tracks and camera shots. NOW THE CONS! The bonus features sounded great, but really only had a mono camera shot wich left you wandering am I watching a looped production of the same statues, or am I watching a concert. Come on, TLC, one of the funkiest grooves ever recorded by any group, (white or black), saved the dvd bonus features. My wife and I loved watching this dvd. I recommend you watch it only on a large flat screen with surround to get the full effect. This dvd is not for the young cats, they would not understand it, this is truley for the over 45 crowd easy. Play it at a party and it will rock, I garuuuuunteee it.
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