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Show Your Hand + How Sweet Can You Get + Average White Band

Average White Band

Show Your Hand + How Sweet Can You Get + Average White Band

Average White Band

Show Your Hand + How Sweet Can You Get + Average White Band

Release information

Release information

Label: Edsel • Format: CD • Date: 06/04/2009 Cat#: EDSD2030 • Barcode: 740155203030 • Genre: R&B and Soul

Track Listing

  1. The Jugglers
  2. This World Has Music
  3. Twilight Zone
  4. Put It Where You Want It
  5. Show Your Hand
  6. Back In ’67
  7. Reach Out
  8. TLC
  9. Reach Out [first version]
  10. The Jugglers [first version]
  11. It Didn’t Take Me A Minute
  12. In The Beginning
  13. Look Out Now
  14. Back In ’67 [first version]
  15. White Water Dreams
  16. How Can You Go Home?
  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. There’s Always Someone Waiting
  8. McEwan’s Export
  9. Got The Love
  10. Work To Do
  11. Just Want To Love You Tonight
  12. Pick Up The Pieces
  13. I Just Can’t Give You Up
  14. How Sweet Can You Get? [first version]
  15. You Got It
  16. Got The Love
  17. Pick Up The Pieces
  18. Person To Person
  19. Work To Do
  20. Nothing You Can Do
  21. Just Want To Love You Tonight
  22. Keepin’ It To Myself
  23. I Just Can’t Give You Up
  24. There’s Always Someone Waiting
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About this release

Playing their own brand of soul, the Average White Band rocketed to fame and fortune in late 1974 with their absolute classic eponymous second album (usually known as the “White Album”) and the accompanying single “Pick Up The Pieces”, an instantly recognisable and perennial classic, and a staple of ‘gold’ radio stations around the world. Both the album and single reached #1 on the US pop charts – in the UK, both reached # 6.

This package starts with the band’s first album “Show Your Hand”, originally released on MCA in 1973 and never previously issued on CD in Europe. The album is expanded to feature eight bonus tracks, seven of which are previously unreleased. The first three of these date from the band’s first ever session together in Denmark Street in 1971, the remainder from a session at Island’s studios later the same year. The eighth bonus track is the rare non-album single “How Can You Go Home?” (also making its CD debut).

The second disc commences with what was intended to be the band’s second album for MCA, “How Sweet Can You Get?”. However MCA rejected it, and it was only ever issued as part of a “White Album” package many years later. We have now created its intended sleeve for the first time for this special release.

Producer Arif Mardin heard the songs, signed the band to Atlantic Records and set about re-recording eight of the songs along with two new compositions. The resulting album “Average White Band” was issued in September 1974 and was sitting at the top of the charts by Christmas (along with “Pick Up The Pieces”), going on to spend a whole year in the listings.