Average White Band Cut The Cake
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- Released: July 20, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Atlantic
- 1.Cut The Cake
- 2.School Boy Crush
- 3.It's A Mystery
- 4.Groovin' The Night Away
- 5.If I Ever Lose This Heaven
- 7.High Flyin' Woman
- 9.How Sweet Can You Get
- 10.When They Bring Down The Curtain
Average White Band: Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie (vocals, guitar, bass); Onnie McIntyre (guitar); Malcolm "Molly" Duncan (flute, tenor saxophone); Roger Ball (alto & baritone saxophones, keyboards, synthesizer); Stephen Ferrone (drums, percussion).
Additonal personnel: Ray Barretto (percussion).
Originally released on Atlantic (18140). Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
This is part of Rhino's Atlantic & Atco Re-Masters series.
Personnel: Hamish Stuart , Alan Gorrie, Onnie McIntyre (vocals, guitar); Malcolm Duncan, Molly Duncan (flute, tenor saxophone); Roger Ball (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, keyboards, synthesizer); Dundee Horns (horns); Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion); Robbie McIntosh (drums); Ray Barretto (congas, percussion).
Audio Remasterers: Ken Perry; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Illustrator: Vincent Topazio.
Photographer: Slick Lawson.
Unknown Contributor Role: Roger Ball.
Arranger: Roger Ball.
Much is made of the fact that the members of the Average White Band were pale-faced Scots who somehow managed to be funky as all get-out, but the truth is that AWB was simply one of the tightest R&B/funk combos of the 1970s, regardless of ethnicity and nationality. The band's fourth album continues the momentum of its predecessors by offering more lock-step grooves and slippery bass lines peppered with clarion horns and memorable vocal refrains. The title track, an R&B hit in 1975, is a case in point.
CUT THE CAKE also contains smooth mid-tempo groovers ("School Boy Crush"), and quiet storm balladry ("Cloudy" and a cover of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven"), sounding sharp and sassy in all styles. Despite the tragic death of their original drummer a year before, AWB sound both focused and invigorated here, so that CUT THE CAKE still delivers the funk, and ends up ranking among the band's better albums.
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