Cut the Cake

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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: 7/20/1993
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227127121
  • Catalog Number: 71271
  • Sales rank: 37,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cut the Cake (4:04)
  2. 2 School Boy Crush (4:58)
  3. 3 It's a Mystery (3:56)
  4. 4 Groovin' the Night Away (3:45)
  5. 5 If I Ever Lose This Heaven (5:03)
  6. 6 Why (4:05)
  7. 7 High Flyin' Woman (3:48)
  8. 8 Cloudy (4:22)
  9. 9 How Sweet Can You Get (4:00)
  10. 10 When They Bring Down the Curtain (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Ken Perry Remastering
Roger Ball Arranger, Contributor, Horn Arrangements
Peter Granet Engineer
Bill Inglot Remastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Above Average!!!

    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!!!

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