The Definitive Groove Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rhino's Definitive compilations usually place all the right tracks at the listener's disposal, and this one, by Scotland's Average White Band is no exception. The Definitive Groove Collection is filled with 30 tracks over two CDs with remastered sound. a solid set of liner notes written by Hua Hsu, photos, and a slipcase; all for a fair budget price. This is how compilations should be done. The set documents their Atlantic period -- they released one album with MCA previous to this, but it was of no consequence -- from 1974-1979. Everything one needs is here, from "Pick Up the Pieces," and "Cut the Cake," to "School Boy Crush," "Work to Do," (an Isley Brothers cover) to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Rhino's Definitive compilations usually place all the right tracks at the listener's disposal, and this one, by Scotland's Average White Band is no exception. The Definitive Groove Collection is filled with 30 tracks over two CDs with remastered sound. a solid set of liner notes written by Hua Hsu, photos, and a slipcase; all for a fair budget price. This is how compilations should be done. The set documents their Atlantic period -- they released one album with MCA previous to this, but it was of no consequence -- from 1974-1979. Everything one needs is here, from "Pick Up the Pieces," and "Cut the Cake," to "School Boy Crush," "Work to Do," (an Isley Brothers cover) to "Groovin' the Night Away." All of these cuts appear on disc one! But the musical surprises come on disc two, when one hears how AWB evolved from a simple excellently styled funk band after James Brown's J.B.'s, to an elegant soul and pop band who could lay down the dirty funk any time they chose. Check the cuts "Soul Searching," the three cuts with Ben E. King fronting, including "A Star in the Ghetto," and "Get It Up," and their truly amazing version of the Burt Bacharach classic "Walk on By," and it will be obvious what a solid treasure this band was during the disco era. This was a band who didn't need the all that flash and pizzazz, because it was already in their sound. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227407728
  • Catalog Number: 74077
  • Sales rank: 69,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pick Up the Pieces (4:00)
  2. 2 You Got It (3:36)
  3. 3 Got the Love (3:53)
  4. 4 Person to Person (3:41)
  5. 5 Work to Do (3:20)
  6. 6 Nothing You Can Do (4:11)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Give You Up (3:34)
  8. 8 There's Always Someone Waiting (5:38)
  9. 9 Cut the Cake (4:07)
  10. 10 If I Ever Lose This Heaven (5:01)
  11. 11 School Boy Crush (4:57)
  12. 12 Groovin' the Night Away (3:45)
  13. 13 Queen of My Soul (4:06)
  14. 14 Cloudy (3:24)
  15. 15 Goin' Home (4:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 I'm the One (4:22)
  2. 2 A Love of Your Own (5:37)
  3. 3 Soul Searching (3:18)
  4. 4 Love Your Life (5:08)
  5. 5 Get It Up - Ben E. King (3:49)
  6. 6 A Star in the Ghetto - Ben E. King (3:51)
  7. 7 The Message - Ben E. King (5:21)
  8. 8 Your Love Is a Miracle (3:40)
  9. 9 Big City Lights (4:58)
  10. 10 Sweet & Sour (4:52)
  11. 11 Walk on By (4:01)
  12. 12 When Will You Be Mine (3:27)
  13. 13 Atlantic Avenue (3:13)
  14. 14 Let's Go 'Round Again (4:10)
  15. 15 For You, For Love (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Average White Band Primary Artist
Alan Gorrie Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Roger Ball Synthesizer, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Steve Ferrone Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Robbie McIntosh Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Onnie McIntyre Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Molly Duncan Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Technical Credits
The Average White Band Composer
Alan Gorrie Composer
Roger Ball Composer, Horn Arrangements
Malcolm Duncan Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Onnie McIntyre Composer
Hamish Stuart Composer
Hua Hsu Liner Notes
Charles Norbeck Discographical Annotation
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