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Average White Band - Live at Montreux, 1977

4.4 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews

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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.

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


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMJFVS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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Its about time some 70's Bonnie Raitt surfaced. I don't feel

this show captured Bonnie at her best but it does a nice job

of showing her un-polished R&B rootsy styles she did such a great job doing effortlessly. I first saw a live Raitt show

in Boston 1975 @the Music Hall and that show just blew this

one to pieces but this is a nice bit of history for Bonnie fans.

She really had a much better command of her vocals during this

time period, I think she may have been touring all over the

place and her voice shows it here and there. The 1991 shows

are a totally different Bonnie Raitt. Her stage presense and

vocals just flow and her slide guitar smokes & the band is one of the best out there at

the time, they did everything from funked up rock to back porch country blues, you name it Bonnie is so smooth yet at the

top of her game. This

is a collectors items not to be missed. Just taking in the

sounds from the 70's, the clothes and all its great, looking

forward to the new "SOULS ALIKE" coming from Bonnie this

Sept!
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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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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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This is heavy on material from "Home Plate" and "Sweet Forgiveness", & thankfully is from the pre-cocaine days. Watching this was like a look back at a slimmer, less-gray me. The performance is A1, and both the audio & video recording are excellent. The extras from '91 are OK, too, but this from 1977 is when I saw Bonnie & band every time I could for at least 8 or 9 years. I watched this for this first time with my best friend, and she was almost in tears she was digging it so much. Needless to say, I had to buy myself a new copy the next day, as I didn't have the heart to take this away from her. Just buy it.
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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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