The first chapter in the career of the Average White Band – presented here on 3 mighty albums, plus bonus tracks! First up is Show Your Hand (also issued in the US as Put It Where You Want It). Average White Band are most clearly associated with Atlantic Records during the 70s – and that label's genius move to record white soul acts for the crossover market – but this first album was recorded for MCA, and very much in the same vein as their later work. The record's not as over the top funky as some of their best work – and perhaps shows kind of a rock style that was always lurking in the group's sound – but the roots of the later greatness are still there, and the album's got more than a few nice cuts. The best track is "Reach Out", but there's some other nice groovers like "TLC" and "Twilight Zone". Package includes 8 bonus tracks, added to the album – including "Look Out Now", "It Didn't Take Me A Minute", "White Water Dreams", and "How Can You Go Home". Next up is an even greater treasure – the album How Sweet Can You Get, which was intended as the group's second MCA album, but was rejected by the label at the time – a big mistake, given how funky the record is – and what a great legacy the group was to create in years to come! Titles include early versions of some songs – with tunes that include "Keepin It To Myself", "Got The Love", "Work To Do", "There's Always Someone Waiting", "Pick Up The Pieces", and "I Just Can't Give You Up". Last up is the classic logo-covered album Average White Band – the group's first for Atlantic – and a nice slice of funk that proves that they can mix it up with the best groups of the 70s! The record's got plenty of sweet electric keyboards over smooth funky basslines – and as the years go by, the band's white boy vocals don't sound nearly as bad as we remember them. And besides, when they play their instruments so nicely – how can you hold the singing against them? Includes the killer classic "Pick Up The Pieces", sampled more times than we can remember – plus "You Got It", "Just Wanna Love You Tonight", "Person To Person", and a nice remake of the Isley Brothers' "Work To Do".
(Includes original slipcase.)