Time now for another vinyl review courtesy of Demon Records. This time, we’re looking at Average White Band – and their ‘Access All Areas’ vinyl release.
From Demon: The Average White Band, a group of Scotsmen playing American soul and funk music, came together in the late Sixties and topped the US chart in 1974. A version of the band led by bassist Alan Gorrie tours to this day while guitarist Hamish Stewart went on to be Paul McCartney’s musical right hand man. This hour-long TV showcase from the Rockstage series, filmed by Central Television at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal in 1980, catches the classic AWB line-up in their prime. It includes that years UK Number 12 dance smash ‘Let’s Go Round Again’, album title track ‘Atlantic Avenue’, transatlantic hit ‘Queen Of My Soul’ and much more.
Chris: Was it really 1980 when ‘Let’s Go Round Again’ got to number 12 in the UK charts? It sure was. And right here, on this record, you can hear that classic, as well as more from the band’s back catalogue. Seven tracks in total on this vinyl release (on the CD release there is nine tracks, so two tracks edited out for the vinyl release… you can see the full nine tracks at the You Tube link above). ‘Our Time Has Come’ and ‘I’m The One’are the two tracks missing here sadly.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve not heard the band’s back catalogue before, it’s really ‘easy listening’. Plenty of great, upbeat numbers, on hearing them, it’s surprising the band never achieved much chart success in this country. The audio quality of this 1980 concert is good for its age. Check it out today – a great little addition to your vinyl collection.
- Atlantic Avenue
- When Will You Be Mine
- Kiss Me
- Queen Of My Soul (which reached 23 in the UK charts in 1976)
- For You, For Love
- Let’s Go Round Again