Feel No Fret

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From their self-titled sophomore album of 1974 to 1978's Warmer Communications, the Average White Band enjoyed a commercial winning streak in the '70s; all of the albums they recorded for Atlantic during that period went either gold or platinum in the United States and that is in addition to their impressive sales in Europe. But if any AWB album demonstrated that all good things must eventually come to an end, it was Feel No Fret. This 1979 LP marked the first time since 1973's Show Your Hand also known as Put It Where You Want It that an AWB album didn't enjoy either gold or platinum sales in the U.S., and it was also the most uneven album they recorded in the '70s. So what went wrong? Perhaps the absence of Arif ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
From their self-titled sophomore album of 1974 to 1978's Warmer Communications, the Average White Band enjoyed a commercial winning streak in the '70s; all of the albums they recorded for Atlantic during that period went either gold or platinum in the United States and that is in addition to their impressive sales in Europe. But if any AWB album demonstrated that all good things must eventually come to an end, it was Feel No Fret. This 1979 LP marked the first time since 1973's Show Your Hand also known as Put It Where You Want It that an AWB album didn't enjoy either gold or platinum sales in the U.S., and it was also the most uneven album they recorded in the '70s. So what went wrong? Perhaps the absence of Arif Mardin was a factor; Mardin had produced all of AWB's previous Atlantic releases, whereas they produced Feel No Fret themselves. If Mardin had been encouraging the Scottish soul/funk band to go that extra mile, they settled for decent or competent on this record. Feel No Fret is far from a total meltdown, and the material is generally likable -- especially the good-natured "Atlantic Avenue," the slow-grinding "When Will You Be Mine," and a remake of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David favorite "Walk On By" which became a minor hit and made it to number 32 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. But after Mardin-produced treasures like AWB, Soul Searching, Cut the Cake, and Warmer Communications, AWB followers had become extremely spoiled -- they expected excellence, not a record that was merely adequate. Nonetheless, hardcore devotees as opposed to casual listeners will want to hear this album, which Rhino reissued on CD as Feel No Fret...and More
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/1994
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227185725
  • Catalog Number: 71857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When Will You Be Mine (4:20)
  2. 2 Please Don't Fall in Love (3:45)
  3. 3 Walk on By (3:59)
  4. 4 Feel No Fret (6:36)
  5. 5 Stop the Rain (4:31)
  6. 6 Atlantic Avenue (3:14)
  7. 7 Ace of Hearts (3:53)
  8. 8 Too Late to Cry (3:45)
  9. 9 Fire Burning (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Average White Band Primary Artist, Group
Luther Vandross Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Alan Gorrie Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Airto Moreira Percussion
Roger Ball Synthesizer, Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Horn
Zeca DaCuica Cuica
Malcolm Duncan Saxophone
Steve Ferrone Percussion, Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Onnie McIntyre Guitar, Vocals
Hamish Stuart Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Molly Duncan Tenor Saxophone
Lew Del Gatto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Bill Reighenbach Trombone
Technical Credits
The Average White Band Producer
David Foster Producer, String Arrangements
Roger Ball Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Zeca DaCuica Contributor
Luis DosSantos Contributor
Humberto Gatica Engineer
Dan Hersch Reissue Remastering
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Bill Inglot Reissue Remastering
Arif Mardin String Arrangements
Gene Paul Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Steve McManus Engineer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Patrick Milligan Reissue Research
Mark Linnett Engineer
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