Cut the Cake

Cut the Cake

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by The Average White Band
     
 

In the informative liner notes that he wrote for Rhino's early-'90s reissue of Cut the Cake, writer A. Scott Galloway explains that this excellent album was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances. The Average White Band's original drummer, Robbie McIntosh, died of a heroin overdose in 1974, and the surviving members were…  See more details below

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In the informative liner notes that he wrote for Rhino's early-'90s reissue of Cut the Cake, writer A. Scott Galloway explains that this excellent album was recorded under less-than-ideal circumstances. The Average White Band's original drummer, Robbie McIntosh, died of a heroin overdose in 1974, and the surviving members were still in mourning when they started working on their third album, Cut the Cake (which originally came out on LP in 1975). Steve Ferrone, a black drummer from London, England, was hired as a replacement -- ironically, he became the first black member of a Scottish soul/funk band that had a very African-American sound and a largely African-American following. Despite the fact that AWB's members still had McIntosh's death on their minds when they were writing and recording Cut the Cake, this isn't a depressing or consistently melancholy album; far from it. In fact, parts of the album are downright fun, especially up-tempo funk gems like "School Boy Crush," "Groovin' the Night Away" and the hit title song (which made it to number seven on Billboard's R&B singles chart). Cut the Cake is also the album that gave us the ballad "Cloudy" (one of the more melancholy tracks) and AWB's version of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven," a smooth soul classic that was originally recorded by Quincy Jones in 1973. The song wasn't a chart-buster -- it peaked at number 25 on Billboard's R&B singles chart -- but it did become a favorite among AWB fans and enjoyed a lot of exposure on quiet storm formats. AWB's members certainly don't sound like they're in mourning on Cut the Cake. If anything, they honor McIntosh's memory by showing their resilience and delivering one of their finest, most engaging albums.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/20/1993
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0081227127121
catalogNumber:
71271
Rank:
54798

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Tracks

  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
  6. Why
  7. High Flyin' Woman
  8. Cloudy
  9. How Sweet Can You Get
  10. When They Bring Down the Curtain

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Average White Band   Primary Artist
Ray Barretto   Percussion,Conductor,Conga
Alan Gorrie   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Roger Ball   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Malcolm Duncan   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Dundee Horns   Horn
Steve Ferrone   Percussion,Drums
Robbie McIntosh   Drums
Onnie McIntyre   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Hamish Stuart   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Molly Duncan   Flute,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Roger Ball   Arranger,Contributor,Horn Arrangements
Peter Granet   Engineer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Gene Paul   Engineer
Neil Schwartz   Engineer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Vincent Topazio   Illustrations

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Cut the Cake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cut The Cake by the AVERAGE WHITE BAND is a very tasty album. Just look at the cover of this CD and you'll know what I mean. It's good enough to eat!!!