For a bunch of Scottish guys the Average White Band had serious soul. The white album from 1974 was one of the finest in the genre: classic songs, brilliantly performed and beautifully produced by the great Arif Mardin. It’s interesting too that a band with two outstanding singers had its biggest hit with an instrumental - Pick Up The Pieces.
I recorded AWB for broadcast at the Glasgow Apollo. Multi-tracked then mixed later, I would also have made a ¼" back-up at the gig and somehow that tape found its way into my collection. These three songs are from it. The mix is rough and the tape a bit worse for wear having lived in a box for the last thirty years but the vibe is as fresh and strong as it was on that summer night back in 1982.
When Will You Be Mine
Easier Said Than Done
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
performed: The Average White Band
produced for radio: CS (1982)
3 Live Tracks