AWB (album)

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Studio album by The Average White Band
Released August 1974
Recorded Atlantic Recording Studios, NYC and Criteria Sound Studios, Miami
Genre Funk, soul
Length 40:24
Label Atlantic
Producer Arif Mardin
The Average White Band chronology
Show Your Hand
(1973)Show Your Hand1973
Cut the Cake
(1975)Cut the Cake1975
alternative cover
Expanded 2CD re-issue cover
Expanded 2CD re-issue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

AWB is the second studio album by the Scottish funk and soul band Average White Band, released in August 1974.

AWB topped Billboard's Pop Albums and Black Albums charts. Its million-selling single "Pick Up the Pieces" knocked Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" out of #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

A 2004 expanded re-issue from Sony/Columbia in the UK includes a bonus CD with several demo session recordings made before the group joined Atlantic Records – taken from the so-called "Clover Sessions," recorded at Clover Studios, Los Angeles, CA, in 1973. [2] This album was finally released as "How Sweet Can You Get?"

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "You Got It" (Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie) – 3:38
  2. "Got the Love" (Stuart, Ball, Robbie McIntosh) – 3:52
  3. "Pick Up the Pieces" (Average White Band) – 3:58
  4. "Person to Person" (Average White Band) – 3:38
  5. "Work to Do" (O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) – 4:21
Side two
  1. "Nothing You Can Do" (Gorrie, Stuart, Ball) – 4:06
  2. "Just Wanna Love You Tonight" (Ball, Gorrie) – 3:57
  3. "Keepin' It to Myself" (Gorrie) – 3:52
  4. "I Just Can't Give You Up" (Stuart) – 3:24
  5. "There's Always Someone Waiting" (Gorrie) – 5:38

All songs arranged by Average White Band. All horn parts arranged by Roger Ball.

Bonus track on 1995 Rhino re-issue (Rhino 71588)
11. "Pick Up the Pieces" – 21:40 (from The Atlantic Family Live at Montreux)[3]

Expanded 2CD re-issue (2004)[edit]

Disc one

Original release

Disc two - The Clover Sessions / How Sweet Can You Get?
  1. "Person to Person"
  2. "Keepin' It To Myself"
  3. "There's Always Someone Waiting"
  4. "McEwan's Export"
  5. "Got the Love"
  6. "Work to Do"
  7. "Just Want to Love You Tonight"
  8. "Pick Up the Pieces"
  9. "I Just Can't Give You Up"
  10. "How Sweet Can You Get (Mark 1)"

Bonus tracks on 2005 Columbia-Europe re-issue (Columbia 520204)
11. "How Sweet Can You Get (Mark 1)"
12. "McEwan's Export"[4]


Average White Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Other musicians[edit]

(Live at Montreux bonus track)


  • Gene Paul - mixing, engineering (NYC)
  • Lewis Hahn - engineering (NYC)
  • Karl Richardson - engineering (Miami)
  • Steve Klein - engineering (Miami)
  • Ron Albert - engineering (Miami)
  • Howard Albert - engineering (Miami)
  • Jimmy Douglass - engineering (additional recording)
  • Bobby Warner - engineering (additional recording)
  • Dennis King - mastering engineer
  • Arif Mardin - production, mixing
  • Alan Pariser - direction
  • Alan Gorrie - logo concept
  • Tim Bruckner - front cover drawing
  • Barry Feinstein - design & photography

Other Album Notes[edit]

"AWB would like to express their deep appreciation to Jerry Wexler, Alan Pariser, and Bruce McCaskill"

Chart positions[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America)


Year Chart Position
1975 Billboard 200 1


Year Single Chart Position
1974 "Pick Up The Pieces" Disco Singles 10
1974 "Work To Do" 10
1975 "Pick Up The Pieces" Pop Singles 1
1975 "Pick Up The Pieces" Black Singles 5
Preceded by
Heart Like a Wheel by Linda Ronstadt
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 22–28, 1975
Succeeded by
Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan

See also[edit]