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Average White Band - Live at Montreux, 1977 (1977)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.










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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Funk-Filled Time Capsule October 15, 2005
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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4.0 out of 5 stars This band GROOOOVES! October 15, 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!! February 20, 2006
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, but missing a key performance January 31, 2012
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile DVD Of AWB In Its Prime November 30, 2012
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great retro dvd December 8, 2006
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
4.0 out of 5 stars No "School Boy Crush"? September 15, 2007
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great experience 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Video
I watched this video with my fiance, we grew up in the 70's with the Average White Band. We could sing every song. We understand this was an earlier recording. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Natche
3.0 out of 5 stars Average White Band
The music was great on this DVD it had their usual soulful sound. But the lighting on this DVD was terrible with a lot of of bright colors and at times just blurred and you can't... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brenda Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really good but missing School Boy Crush... I guess taping was before School Boy Crush..... They should have added it as and extra performance.
Published 15 months ago by W. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Great classic band!
These guys deserve their time in the spotlight. If not for the limited production of this late-70's jewel I would have rated this purchase higher. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hosaia B. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Funk!!!!
All you Funkateers out there,buy this DVD! I saw AWB for the first time this year in January and after seeing this DVD, kicked my self in the butt for not seeing them sooner with... Read more
Published 20 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars AWB!!!!
From 1977 comes a fantastic concert. Any fan of this amazing band will love this DVD. Brings back all my old days of funk!
Published 22 months ago by Gordon Bass
5.0 out of 5 stars Best old school funk around
This is when AWB was in their prime. The CUT THE CAKE version is the best I have ever heard. It had my 83 year old mother trying to get up and dance.
Published 22 months ago by Colley G
5.0 out of 5 stars True R&B from unlikely source!!
The AWB is an amazing group of musicians, who play kick-a$$ funky music, and the amazing thing is that they're all white boys from Scotland!! Read more
Published on June 2, 2011 by Robert
4.0 out of 5 stars Stompin Good Time
So what if the lighting is a little crazy at times,it was the seventies alright! This is a killer show to watch and listen to! These guys were the life of the party! Read more
Published on April 22, 2011 by Robert Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars "77 Time Machine: When Funk Was King
Waited 3 years to purchase this. Shouldn't have. I'm a true funk-a-holic and this is the most professionally produced, professional band of the day. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by J. Sherrard
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