Soul Tattoo

Soul Tattoo

by The Average White Band


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Soul Tattoo

Long after the Average White Band disappeared from the charts, its impact was being felt. Hip-hop, urban contemporary and new jack swing artists sampled AWB's '70s classics to death in the late 1980s and early to mid-1990s, and such retro acts as the Brand New Heavies wore AWB's influence like a badge of honor. When Soul Tattoo was released in mid-1997, AWB was a quintet consisting of longtime members Alan Gorrie (lead vocals, bass), Onnie McIntyre (guitar, vocals) and Roger Ball (sax) and newcomers Eliot Lewis (keyboards, lead vocals, bass and guitar) and Pete Abbott (drums, percussion). Although not in a class with Cut the Cake or Soul Searching, the album (AWB's first since 1989's Aftershock) is surprisingly good. Thankfully, the band makes no attempt to appeal to 1997's urban contemporary market, and material ranging from the invigorating, horn-driven funk of "Soul Mine," "Love Is the Bottom Line" and the instrumental "Oh, Maceo" to the laidback soul of "Back to Basics," "Welcome to the Real World" and "No Easy Way to Say Goodbye" sounds like it could have been recorded 20 years earlier. Longtime AWB fans will be glad to hear how well Gorrie's voice has held up, and they'll definitely find Soul Tattoo to be inspired and satisfying.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/2003
Label: Spv Germany
UPC: 4001617440223
catalogNumber: 3375


  1. Soul Mine
  2. Back to Basics
  3. Livin' on Borrowed Time
  4. Every Beat of My Heart
  5. When We Get Down to It
  6. Oh, Maceo
  7. Do Ya Really
  8. I Wanna Be Loved
  9. No Easy Way to Say Goodbye
  10. Love Is the Bottom Line
  11. Welcome to the Real World
  12. Window to Your Soul

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Average White Band   Primary Artist
Daryl Hall   Vocals
Alan Gorrie   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Peter Abbott   Percussion,Drums
Roger Ball   Keyboards,Saxophone,Track Performer
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
John Fumasoli   Trombone
Klyde Jones   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Elliot Lewis   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Onnie McIntyre   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Vigdor   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Mayo   Keyboards
Tony Kadlick   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Average White Band   Producer
Alan Gorrie   Contributor
Peter Abbott   Contributor
Roger Ball   Arranger,Composer,Contributor,Horn Arrangements
Elliot Lewis   Contributor
Onnie McIntyre   Contributor
Peter Moshay   Producer,Engineer
Steve Howell   Director,Cover Design

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