Average White Band Average White Band (aka AWB) on Limited Edition 180g Import LP + Download
Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit "Pick Up the Pieces" off of this, their breakthrough Arif Mardin-produced 1974 album, the band's strength actually lays in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.
Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes - people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others - and developed their own 'authentic' sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere. Whilst a good number of cuts attracted chart action as hit singles, many other album tracks, like the aforementioned "Person to Person" also became much sampled and turn-tabled 'rare' grooves. Many more tunes like "Nothing You Can Do" stand alongside some of the finest soul tracks ever recorded.
The AWB album hit No. 1 on the Billboard Pop and R&B Album Charts and has been certified Gold. "Pick Up The Pieces" knocked Linda Ronstadt's classic "You're No Good" out of the Billboard's Hot 100 #1 spot on its way to selling a million copies. It also received a Grammy nomination for 'Best R&B Instrumental Performance'.