Average White Band

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

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Anyone who is seriously interested in '70s soul and funk should own at least three or four Average White Band albums. But if a person insists on allotting himself/herself only one AWB CD, this is the logical choice. All of the essential hits -- everything from the sweaty funk of "Cut the Cake," "Pick Up the Pieces," and "School Boy Crush" to the unapologetically romantic "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" -- are included. Though most of the selections were recorded when AWB was still very much in its prime, a few were made after the Scottish band had peaked. "Let's Go 'Round Again" (1980) finds AWB taking a glossy pop/disco approach that's hardly in a class with its earlier triumphs, but is likable enough. Most of the selections, however, aren't simply decent; they are excellent.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:02
2 3:42
3 3:53
4 3:36
5 3:22
6 4:06
7 5:02
8 4:58
9 4:06
10 3:25
11 5:35
12 3:17
13 4:44
14
feat: Ben E. King
3:47
15 3:43
16 3:31
17 4:09
18 3:51
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