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Average White Band

Live At Montreux 1977

Review by Eric Meli

Average White Band was formed in 1972 by a group of Scotsmen with a fondness for soul and funk music. This live album chronicles their 1977 appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Track by Track Review
Picking up the Pieces

This song from Average White Band’s first album was a number one hit back in 1974. They give us a smoking hot live performance here.

Work to Do

A cover of an Isley Brothers song, this is about a man wanting to get home to his woman but having too much going on at work. This is a real winner.

A Love of Your Own

Here is a softly sung tune with some nice saxophone.

Person To Person

This track is one sweaty funky number, just right for dancing.

Got The Love

This cut has a slow tight rhythm and smooth vocals.

Sweet & Sour

This instrumental cut really showcases their jazzy/funky influences.

Cut The Cake

If you saw the “Starsky And Hutch” movie you may recognize this song, but this live version has jams from the individual band members.

I Heard It Through The Grapevine

This twelve-minute cover of the classic Marvin Gaye song may not be quite as potent as the original, but it’s still very good.

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