The Average White Band had its first hit in 1974 with “Pick Up the Pieces” and its last major international chart success in 1980 with “For You for Love”, so this 1977 recording finds the band, more or less, at the peak of its commercial success. “Pick Up the Pieces” opens the set, which also includes the smooth “A Love of Your Own”, the funkiest of the funky “Sweet & Sour” and an epic version of another AWB classic “Cut the Cake”. It’s on “Sweet & Sour”, “Cut the Cake” and “Pick Up the Pieces” that the band’s at its best. On the whole, this is hardly a defining moment for the group, and a nearly 12-minute jam on “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” doesn’t really help raise the bar.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
// Notes from the Road
"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.READ the article