Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1974
GenreFunk, soul
ProducerArif Mardin
The Average White Band chronology
Show Your Hand
Cut the Cake
alternative cover
Expanded 2CD re-issue cover
Expanded 2CD re-issue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideA−[2]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ ((2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention))[3]

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.[4] This album was eventually released as "How Sweet Can You Get?"

Track listing

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)[5]

Expanded 2CD re-issue (2004)

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"[6]


Average White Band

Additional musicians

Other musicians

(Live at Montreux bonus track)


Other Album Notes

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

Chart positions

Billboard Music Charts (United States)


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

See also


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ CG Book '70s: A
  3. ^ Hull, Tom (3 May 2021). "Music Week". Tom Hull – on the Web. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  4. ^ 2CD expanded re-issue listing at
  5. ^ Archived January 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ link
  7. ^ "discography at". Archived from the original on 2 April 2009. Retrieved 29 March 2009.