The Average White Band’s Pick Up The Pieces; When Instrumentals Were Fun!


Pick Up The Pieces (composers: Roger Ball, Hamish StuartAWB) is a fun, groovin’ instrumental that just doesn’t quit. Produced by legendary Arif Mardin, this tune turned out to be their biggest hit.

I still get excited when that sax solo kicks in! And, talk about infectious groove; it actually wasn’t until years later that I discovered they could really sing as well.

What A Great Logo!

It’s party time, circa 1974; come back with me and ultra groove as the “not so” Average White Band does it to us with Pick Up The Pieces

Personnel as determined: Roger Ball alto sax; Hamish Stuart guitar; Onnie McIntyre guitar; Malcolm Duncan tenor sax; Allan Gorrie bass; Robbie McIntosh drums.

We were, of course, THE garageband generation.* We started the whole three chord, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, lead guitar and drum thing. Looking back to the music of those times, things seemed to be less complicated but, our desire to get proficient was insatiable. Those of us who couldn’t keep up with the skill needed for the evolving music, simply dropped off the radar. Me? Well, I just couldn’t get enough! Things haven’t changed!

*When a doctor checks out my ears with his scope, this is a HUGE part of what he sees.

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