With 30 tracks spread across two discs, the set features all AWB's major hits, including seminal funk staples like Cut the Cake and Pick Up the Pieces. The set also ranges into the group's material from the '80s, an era that found the Average White Band exploring a slicker, more disco-inflected sound. While this work isn't quite on par with the fierce, sweaty workouts from the band's prime, it gives a complete picture of the Scottish ensemble's artistic trajectory (another valuable asset of the Definitive Groove series). Nevertheless, listeners seeking a round-up of AWB's still-fresh, compelling essentials will find them here.
Available now. This double CD commences with AWB'ss live double album 'Person To Person', originally released on Atlantic in 1977. Recorded in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, the album features blistering versions of their classic songs 'Person To Person', 'Cut The Cake', an 18-minute version of 'Pick Up The Pieces' and a 10-minute version of Marvin Gaye’s 'I Heard It ThroughThe Grapevine'. There two bonus tracks not originally on the album: Joe Zawinul’s 'Walk Tall' and a previously unreleased version of Diana Ross and The Supremes and The Temptations hit 'I’m Gonna Make You Love Me'. The second half of the package features 'Warmer Communications', recorded with producer Arif Mardin in Miami and originally released in 1978.
Sept. 22 street date. Undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest ever exports, Dundee’s Average White Band conquered the charts on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1970s with their uniquely funky brand of blue-eyed soul music. Their hits (all in this package) included ‘Pick Up The Pieces,’ ‘Cut The Cake,‘ ’Queen Of My Soul’, ’If I Ever Lose This Heaven’ and the oft-sampled ’School Boy Crush’. 34 tracks.
June 18 street date. Average White Band (or AWB to their legion of fans) shot to fame with their 1974, million-selling song "Pick Up The Pieces". Their unique blend of soul, funk and R&B has won them both public and critical acclaim in a career spanning over 4 decades. Recorded live at BB King’s famous blues club, this stunning Double LP showcases AWB at their very best and proves there is nothing "average" about this band.
Available now. "Demon Music are set to issue an Average White Band anthology that celebrates the Scottish soul/funk band’s entire career across a mammoth 19 CDs. All The Pieces includes all the studio albums with the discs packaged as vinyl replicas including a few gatefolds (including 1976's Person To Person which is a two-disc set). This collection also comes with two bonus CDs which gather rarities and remixes from across the decades. A 52-page booklet accompanies the audio within and features extensive liner notes with contributions from Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart.." - SuperDeluxeEdition.com
February 2 street date. "Pick Of The Pieces: The Vinyl Collection" is packaged in a rigid slipcase and houses 5 selected classic AWB albums. Each title will be on white 180g heavyweight vinyl, with printed inner sleeves. Each box set is individually numbered and contains a print signed by Alan, Hamish, Molly, Onnie, Roger and Steve. Albums included in the collection are
"AWB", "Cut The Cake", "Shine", "Soul Searching", and "Feel No Fret".
Available now. Legendary 1970s funk and soul band from Scotland who conquered the US, UK & international charts in the 1970s with hits such as "Pick Up The Pieces", "Cut The Cake", and "School Boy Crush". This 180g white vinyl compilation features 12 of their finest moments!
Available now. 180g clear vinyl reissue of ‘Show Your Hand’, the debut album by Scotland's AWB, originally released in 1973 on MCA Records. AWB's repertoire has been a source of inspiration and influence for many R&B acts and they are one of the most sampled bands in history, remaining relevant today, continuing to reach new generations of younger audiences. Snoop Dogg, Fatboy Slim, Ice Cube, Puff Daddy, TLC, Rick Ross, will.i.am and Mark Ronson amongst countless others, have all borrowed sections of their grooves.
Available now. 180g clear vinyl reissue of the second album from Scottish R&B/funk legends AWB, originally released on Atlantic in 1974. ‘AWB’ includes the ground-breaking classic ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, which reached the coveted #1 spot in the USA. The album was produced by Atlantic's legendary producer, Arif Mardin.
Available now. 180g clear vinyl reissue of the third album by AWB, originally released in 1975. The album reached #4 in the USA. Along with the hit title track, ‘Cut The Cake’ also includes the much-sampled classic ‘School Boy Crush’ and the minor hit ’If I Ever Lose This Heaven’. Once again, the album was produced by Atlantic's legendary producer, Arif Mardin.
June 25 street date. ‘Cover To Cover/Soul To Soul’, is a collection showcasing AWB's take on classic recordings, both Soul and otherwise, and demonstrates why they were totally embraced as an authentic R&B band in the USA. It also includes for the first time on vinyl their 2017 recording of The Isley Brothers ‘Harvest For The World’, which was produced by and features Chris Jasper.