Montreux 1977” album [Cat No. EAGCD449] from Average White Band on 22 August 2011. This release is part of a batch of high profile Montreux audio releases for summer 2011. “Live At Montreux 1977” includes the hit tracks ‘Pick Up The Pieces’, ‘Work To Do’, ‘A Love Of Your Own’ and ‘Cut The Cake’.
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, the Arif Mardin produced ‘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 CD 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.
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 & Sour 7) Cut The Cake 8) I Heard It Through The Grapevine
AWB are on tour in the UK starting in Edinburgh on August 23 including a 3 night stint at London’s Jazz Café (Aug 29- 31) and finishing in Glasgow on September 2. “Live At Montreux 1977” serves as a perfect reminder of what a potent live act they are.