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Average White Band - 1980 Shine

ARTIST: Average White Band
ALBUM: Shine
SERIAL: XL 13123
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2004, Victor (Japan), VICP-41233 * 2008, Victor (Japan), VICP-64274


LINEUP: Hamish Stuart - vocals, guitar * Alan Gorrie - vocals, bass * Onnie McIntyre - guitar * Steve Ferrone - drums * Roger Ball - keyboards * Malcolm Duncan - sax

Additional Musicians: David Foster - keyboards * Larry Williams, Ernie Watts, Jerry Hey, Bill Reichenbach, Gary Grant, Larry Hall, Lew McCreary - horns * Lennie Castro, Paul Lani, Paulinho Da Costa - percussion * Brenda Russell - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Our Time Has Come * 02 For You, For Love * 03 Let's Go Round Again * 04 What'cha Gonna Do For Me * 05 Into The Night * 06 Catch Me (Before I Have To Testify) * 07 Help Is On The Way * 08 If Love Only Lasts For One Night * 09 Shine * 10 Into The Night (Reprise)


Sadly overlooked here at Glory Daze are one of Scotland's most notable rock successes the Average White Band, who blazed a trail in the 70's on the back of their legendary 'Pick Up The Pieces' which needs no introduction to anyone here surely. The funk quotient of the AWB always belied their Scottish status, sounding more American than anything remotely British. By the time of 'Shine' the band appeared to be on the wane commercially, having reached massive heights several years earlier with their 'Cut The Cake' and 'Soul Searching' albums. Helping matters was a relatively stable lineup, disrupted only by the death of original drummer Robbie McIntosh of a drug overdose in 1974. By 1980 the band were embracing the changing times and headed in a glorious West Coast direction, which 'Shine' displays to perfection. Having David Foster as producer no doubt helped, the end result a classic which for someone reason tanked in the U.S. and seemed to signal the end of their initial run.

The Songs
This album contains numerous highlights, with not a dud to be found, in fact not even close. The title track shares a passing resemblance to Earth, Wind And Fire, with the overkill of horns and funky bass courtesy of Gorrie mixed with the most precise harmonies you'll ever stumble across. The biggest hit off the album was 'Let's Go Round Again' which is positively addictive, a chorus to come back to over and over. It has the trappings of Disco/AOR but still retains a pop edge. The melody just can't be faulted. The pure West Coast of 'Whatcha' Gonna Do For Me' is right up there with the best of Boz Scaggs or George Benson, delighting in every facet with the jazzy arrangements and ubiquitous sounds of the beloved genre. There's some hard rock in the mix, namely the bold 'Our Time Has Come' which still retains a massive commercial edge, almost beating Airplay at their own game. Nothing can top the ultra-funk of instrumental 'Into The Night' which sounds like the theme for a 70's cop show, especially with the overload of sax. Other highlights are the relentless AOR of 'Help Is On The Way' and the Bill Champlin co-written 'For You, For Love' which both verge on legendary. The sultry 'If Love Only Lasts For One Night' is a superb ballad to close the album, with only 'Catch Me (Before I Have To Testify)' not quite hitting any heights for me. However that's the lone exception and by all accounts it's still a very listenable track.

In Summary
The band soldiered on with 1982's 'Cupid's In Fashion' which didn't come close to scaling the heights of 'Shine' sadly and failed to chart completely. The band reformed in 1989 and continues to perform today, with Gorrie and McIntyre keeping things afloat, happy to do the rounds on the oldies circuit apparently. For those who have yet to acquaint themselves with 'Shine' I'd suggest getting on it promptly, it's a virtual treasure trove of melodic gems which don't come around frequently these days.

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#1 | gdazegod on May 30 2015 05:08:07
'Cut The Cake' and 'Pick Up The Pieces' are monster funk classics.
#2 | Jez on June 06 2015 11:29:36
This is a great album and definitely my favourite in their discography. I previously only had this on vinyl and recently updated that with the 'All The Pieces: The Complete Studio Albums 1971-2003' 19 disc box set....for under £30, which is rather splendid and well worth the money. Great band
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