Average White Band: Alan Gorrie, Hamish Stuart (vocals, guitar, bass); Onnie McIntyre (guitar); Roger Ball (alto saxophone, keyboards); Malcolm Duncan (tenor saxophone); Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Jim Mullen (guitar); Seymour Barab, Jesse Levy, Alan Schulman (cello); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (baritone saxophone); Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Barry Rogers (trombone); Ken Bichel (synthesizer); Carlos Martin (percussion); Eddie Brigati, Dave Brigati (background vocals).
Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York, New York from January to March 1976. Originally released on Atlantic (18179). Includes liner notes by A. Scott Galloway.
Personnel: Hamish Stuart , Alan Gorrie (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Onnie McIntyre (vocals, guitar); David Brigati, Eddie Brigati (vocals); Jim Mullen (guitar); Alan Schulman, Seymour Barab, Jesse Levy (cello); Roger Ball (saxophone, alto saxophone, keyboards); Malcolm Duncan (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ronnie Cuber (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Michael Brecker (tenor saxophone, horns); Randy Brecker (trumpet, horns); Marvin Stamm (trumpet); Barry Rogers (trombone); Kenneth Bichel (synthesizer); Steve Ferrone (drums, percussion); Carlos Martin (congas); Carl Martin (percussion).
Audio Remasterers: Ken Perry; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
Photographers: Alen MacWeeney; Chuck Pulin; Hamish Stuart ; Alan Gorrie.
AWB's artistic winning streak continued with its outstanding fourth album, Soul Searching. Interestingly, this wasn't an album that enjoyed a great deal of publicity or that contained a lot of major hits. In fact, its biggest single, the dreamy "Queen of My Soul," only made it to number 21 on Billboard's R&B albums chart. But thanks to the devoted following AWB had acquired since signing with Atlantic in 1974, Soul Searching went gold. Indeed, AWB aficionados were quite receptive to first-rate material ranging from the invigorating "I'm the One" to the hauntingly romantic "A Love of Your Own." By zeroing in on their strengths -- hard-hitting funk and delightfully melodic soul -- AWB saw to it that Soul Searching was every bit as rewarding as its predecessors. ~ Alex Henderson