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Pickin' Up the Pieces: The Best of Average White Band 1974-1980

Average White BandAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032VE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pick Up The Pieces
2. Person To Person
3. Got The Love
4. You Got It
5. Work To Do
6. Cut The Cake
7. If I Ever Lose This Heaven
8. School Boy Crush
9. Queen Of My Soul
10. Cloudy (Live Version)
11. A Love Of Your Own
12. Soul Searching
13. I'm The One (Live Version)
14. Get It Up
15. Your Love Is A Miracle
16. When Will You Be Mine
17. Let's Go 'Round Again
18. For You, For Love

Editorial Reviews

If they'd never cut another track after their monster-grooving, No. 1 R&B instrumental, "Pick Up the Pieces," the Average White Band still would have earned an enduring place in the music pantheon--and the Irony Hall of Fame, the latter due to their improbable Scottish roots. After all, they were six soul-smitten musical journeymen hailing from quarters much nearer the Mull of Kintyre than Motown.

But lest anyone mistake that quirk for a marketing shuck, the funk-drenched love of early '70s black music driving every cut on this well-chosen anthology will set matters straight. Indeed, AWB proves imitation isn't just the sincerest form of flattery. In the hands of seasoned and talented musicians, it can be the sweetest form of inspiration, too. The members' early work in cover bands informs songs like the sweaty workout "Cut the Cake" and tuneful, Marvin Gaye-inspired "Queen of My Soul" and "A Love of Your Own." This album is convincing argument that soul has little to do with the color of one's skin. --Jerry McCulley

Product Description

18 essentials by one of the funkiest bands of the '70s! Their party-time classic Pick Up the Pieces and Top 10 smash Cut the Cake join the hits If I Ever Lose This Heaven; School Boy Crush; Queen of My Soul , and Let's Go Round Again .

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pick Up These Rock and Soul Pieces On Rhino AWB Hits Set December 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Average White Band hit in the right place, at the right time (the pre and early-disco mid-70s) with the right on the right label (Ahmet Ertegun's Atlantic Records, which understood a decade before with the Young Rascals how potent rock and soul combined could be). Rhino's generous, well-remastered "Pickin' Up The Pieces" is a first-rate, career spanning collection from one of music's tightest, funkiest bands in either genre.
The album is full of rumbling bass lines courtesy of Hamish Stuart, who with drummer Steve Ferrone lays the bottom on the indescribably funky "Cut The Cake," and "School Boy Crush"(featuring stop-time horn lines only hinted at in the group's #1 hit "Pick Up The Pieces.") Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart's soulful harmonies recall the Isley Brothers at their smoothest, swirling around the melodies of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven," "Queen Of My Soul" and the Isleys' own "Work To Do." Then you get the Latin-flavored "Queen of My Soul" and the shimmering Quiet Storm favorite, "A Love Of Your Own" from 1976's "Soul Searching." The group acknowledged its influences directly with Ben E. King's vocals on "Give It Up" from 1977's "Benny And Us."
Things quieted down for AWB as the 80s began; disco polarized the funk audience while its minimalist successors, rap and new wave, had little connection to the group's sophisticated big-band funk. (MOR Production from adult contemporary aces Bill Champlin and David Foster on a mostly unsupportive Arista label didn't help, although rap sampling of earlier hits eventually restored some of AWB's cache'.) Nonetheless, those huge early hits on its first half make "Pickin' Up The Pieces" a recommended collection from a band anything but average. It's worth picking up for 70s rock and soul fans alike, but also check out the 1974 Atlantic debut and 1977's live "Person To Person."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Careful Loaning This One Out May 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought this CD a few years ago, back in '99. Loved it. I found myself yearning for the good old days again, when they actually made real music. Rarely do you find a greatest hits compilation that actually is packed full of hits. This CD does not disappoint. If the funky "School Boy Crush" doesn't bring back memories, the silky smooth "A Love of Your Own" or the straight jammin' "Queen of My Soul" will. There are so many more hits on this CD, it's a bonafide keeper. At least it was until my brother "borrowed" it (for 5 months). Every time I asked for it, he gave me another excuse about not being able to stop listening to it. Knowing how awesome this CD is, I just didn't have the heart to take it back, so I kicked out the dough for a new copy. Believe me when I say "It's worth it!" Long live '70's soul and funk!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Scot That's Funky! November 18, 2005
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How a group of white boys from Scotland could produce 100% pure American funk, rhythm and blues, and soul is anybody's guess. If you've heard Pick Up The Pieces and you want more, this is definitely the AWB CD to get. There are other AWB samplers out there, but this one has the best blend of tracks you must have (Work To Do, Got The Love, and of course, Pick Up The Pieces), and lesser known gems like Schoolboy Crush, Cloudy, and the stellar A Love Of Your Own which is worth the price of admission by itself. What you'll notice about AWB is their restraint, they don't play a lot of notes, they only play exactly the right amount of notes. The other thing is that whether they're playing loud or soft, slow or fast, they never, never, never lose the groove. Plus, excellent singing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pickin' Up The Pieces - The Best of August 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to pick up this disc after experiencing an epiphany while driving. 'A Love of Your Own' came on the radio and I just had such a sense of deja vu about the song, didn't know the words but the melody I definitely remembered & felt such a positive feeling about the song, I rushed to a local record store and got this cd. The thing that I love about AWB and other artists like Hall & Oates and Teena Marie is although they catch a lot of flak for "sounding Black", they are truly doing the music that they love and feel and as a music fan, I can tell the difference between true artists vs those who are co-opting a certain music style in order to move units.

Not being overly familiar with AWB's entire body of work, I found this disc extremely enjoyable to listen to and have the disc in heavy rotation esp when I feel nostalgic about the great bands and music that was born in the late 60's/early 70's.

My personal faves: A Love of Your Own, Cloudy, Pick Up The Pieces, Schoolboy Crush, Person to Person, Work To Do and For You - For Love.

I'd highly recommend giving this collection a try if you're also starving for some good music as I am given the state of the music industry today. I can promise you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funk that is color-blind! Great 70's music! May 29, 2000
By Seand67
Format:Audio CD
With this CD, you get to hear one of the most talented bands from the 70s, and all of the hits are here.Along with Tower of Power, this group crossed racial boundaries and just gave us real music.Enjoy the horns & cool vocals!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great deal, just as stated. gotta love AWB
Published 7 days ago by wendell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love their music/
Some of the selection in this cd reminded me of Midnight Special emceed by Wolfman Jack every Friday night at midnight til 2am. Those were the days!!!
Published 27 days ago by Avery Tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I am not a huge fan of the group, but I enjoy the title tune, and have performed it with the high school jazz ensemble that I direct. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RJQMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved a few of the tunes.
i loved "Pick Up the Peices" . I think I it was a bit disco ish for me but that was to be expected.
Published 5 months ago by John Bove
5.0 out of 5 stars bring back the memories
I used to listen to the "Cut the Cake ' on my 8-track in my car . And when I briefly went to discos in the early 70's , this was my band . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Snake Pisken
5.0 out of 5 stars AWB is Awesome!!!
My sister's use to play some of the songs on here when i was a little girl. I heard one of the songs on the raido a few weeks ago and had to buy the cd!!! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cooky67
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Group ...They still got it!!!
I attended the Flashback concert and The Average White Band was one of the Artist that performed. They still got it. I did not have their music but I remember most of their songs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Picked Up The Pieces!
Wow. All I can say is these are some of the funkiest white boys ever!! You've heard it 1,000x's you'll hear it once more, they should have titled themselves "Above Average White... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Blake Kersey
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE
Published 15 months ago by Mary Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality sound!
I'm looking for more old school as I text. Good quality product. More songs than I thought. Came as promised. Get AWB Pickin up the Pieces now. Price? Wow!
Published 16 months ago by leyton alexander sr.
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