Title - 'Live at Montreux - 1977' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Average White Band
The AVERAGE WHITE BAND first 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.
Indeed, their breakthrough release, 'Pick Up The Pieces' was a #1 single in the US and a top 10 in the UK and across Europe in 1975.
Although the accompanying DVD was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2005, this just-released CD version of their 1977 headline performance in Montreux is still justified, trust me.
After the band get introduced to the stage, 'Pick Up The Pieces' is the first track played for their adoring fans. Midway through the entire horn section gets introduced, the tempo gets lower for a moment, but soon we're back at full speed to finish the song off.
The seriously infectious funk track 'Work To Do' is next, complete with great guitar work from Onnie McIntyre, with the flavor of all original instruments and all original band members freeflowing into the beautiful 'A Love Of Your Own.'
'Person To Person' is the next funky track out the box, before transitioning into 'Got The Love' and then the near six minute instrumental, 'Sweet & Sour.' Their 1975 UK Chart #31 hit single, 'Cut The Cake' (albeit a 14 minute version!) is next (complete with another complete band introduction - where each man gets a few minutes to solo his talent!), before a 12 minute version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' ("I'd like to thank Claude Nobbs for organizing this whole thing") brings the CD to an end.