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Cut The Cake + Soul Searching + Benny & Us

Average White Band

Cut The Cake + Soul Searching + Benny & Us

Average White Band

Cut The Cake + Soul Searching + Benny & Us

Release information

Release information

Label: Edsel • Format: CD • Date: 06/04/2009 Cat#: EDSD2031 • Barcode: 740155203139 • Genre: R&B and Soul

Track Listing

  1. Cut The Cake
  2. School Boy Crush
  3. It’s A Mystery
  4. Groovin’ The Night Away
  5. If I Ever Lose This Heaven
  6. Why
  7. High Flyin’ Woman
  8. Cloudy
  9. How Sweet Can You Get?
  10. When They Bring Down The Curtain
  11. Overture
  12. Love Your Life
  13. I’m The One
  14. A Love Of Your Own
  15. Queen Of My Soul
  1. Soul Searching
  2. Goin’ Home
  3. Everybody’s Darling
  4. Would You Stay
  5. Sunny Days (Make Me Think Of You)
  6. Digging Deeper (Finale)
  7. Get It Up For Love
  8. Fool For You Anyway
  9. A Star In The Ghetto
  10. The Message
  11. What Is Soul
  12. Someday We’ll All Be Free
  13. Imagine
  14. Keepin’ It To Myself
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About this release

Tragedy struck AWB when drummer Robie McIntosh died at a party held to celebrate the succes of the “White Album” in late 1974. The band decided to honour Robbie’s memory by continuing: they recruited Steve Ferrone and set about recording “Cut The Cake” (which features some songs already co-written with McIntosh).

Released in June 1975, it went Top Ten in both the US and UK, reaching #4 in the US (and going Gold). It features the AWB classics “Cut The Cake”, “School Boy Crush”, “Cloudy” and “If I Ever Lose This Heaven”, all hit singles and all still live favourites in AWB’s live shows. “Soul Searching” (July 1976) consolidated this success, going platinum in the US and featuring more classics in “A Love Of Your Own”, “I’m The One” and Hamish Stuart’s love song to soul music “Queen Of My Soul”.

In 1977, producer Arif Mardin took the band to Miami to record a special album of covers with soul legend Ben E. King, orginal lead singer of The Drifters (“Save The Last Dance For Me”), and best known for his own hits “Stand By Me” and “Spanish Harlem”. Amongst the many highlights on “Benny & Us” is the unique reading of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.