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Average White Band 1977: Live

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By Mark Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As the title indicates, this is a live performance by Average White Band during the Montreaux Jazz Festival in July 1977. This is a very good DVD of AWB at its peak. Considering that this was shot before the days of VCRs, DVDs and music videos, one has to congratulate Claude Nobs and the Montreaux Jazz Festival for having had the foresight to videotape this concert at a time when there was no mass market for concert videos.

Amazon has not included a set list on this DVD so here it is:

1./ Pick Up The Pieces
2. Work To Do
3./ A Love Of Your Own
4./ Person To Person
5./ Got The Love
6./ Sweet And Sour
7./ Cut The Cake
8./ I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Bonus Tracks

1./ If I Ever Lose This Heaven
2./ I'm The One
3./ T.L.C.

The sound on this DVD is good but the camera work and editing are pretty sloppy in places. The director often calls for extreme close up head shots that are basically looking straight up the performer's nostrils. In other extreme close ups the director calls for shots of instruments which make little visual sense; a lengthy shot (about 10 seconds or so) of the sound hole on a saxophone is one example that comes to mind. The cameras are often shooting directly into the overhead stage lights which, given the video camera technology of the day, essentially washed out the shot. So the video quality, while acceptable for 1970s video, is not great.

On the bonus tracks, the director is only using one stationary camera set on a wide angle in front of the stage so the shot is of the entire atage while the band is performing. And that's it for camera work on the three bonus tracks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Funk-Filled Time Capsule Oct. 15 2005
By M. Infante - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Having had the opportunity to see AWB in person several times in the late 70s and early 80s, I was thrilled to find out that there is FINALLY a DVD capturing the band's live performance at the peak of their trade. This is an incredible DVD capturing an energetic and FUN-KY performance. The video quality is dated -- looking almost like it was filmed by a personal video camera. But what it lacks in video quality is made up in the excellent DTS remixing of the audio. AWB has not sounded better live since they performed live.

Compared to other DVDs with the later incarnations of the band, this DVDs is heads & shoulders above. If you are an AWB fan, this is a MUST OWN. If you're too young to remember anything about AWB (except maybe Pick Up The Pieces) this concert will show you how it was done Old School style: real musicians, playing real music LIVE ... and dripping with soul. Enjoy!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This band GROOOOVES! Oct. 15 2005
By Boehi Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Taped at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977 this concert video shows its age in picture quality but delivers some good audio quality. This minor quibble aside lets get to the core of the DVD - the concert itself. AWB were on top of their game at 1977 and this concert footage shows a tight, funky and constantly grooving band bringing the crowd to their feet and dancing. Anchored by the heavy funk drumming by Steve Ferrone supported by percussionist Sammy Figueroa the energy keeps on flowing. The show is boldly opened with the classic hit "Pick Up The Pieces" and delivers hit after hit like "Cut The Cake", "Person To Person", "Work To Do" - wish I was there myself! I am glad that such great concerts become available now and look forward to more great music videos from the Montreux Jazz Festival series. Don't miss this one!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES!! Feb. 20 2006
By H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
THIS IS THE BEST AVERAGE WHITE BAND CONCERT BY FAR, HOWEVER THE PICTURE QUALITY IS BAD AT TIMES BUT THE SOUND IS GREAT!THEY SOUND EXACTLY LIKE THEMSELVES,NO JOKE. A MUST FOR A W B FANS.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, but missing a key performance Jan. 31 2012
By RJM Music Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As many others have mentioned this is a great show. Regretfully though they did another performance of Pick Up The Pieces (22 minutes long and not the version included with this DVD) during the night as they jammed with many other great musicians. This performance can be found on a rather obscure (and never released on CD) record album called "The Atlantic Family Live At Montreux". The record is avaialble if you search online, but is going for a higher price. However if you are a AWB fan you must have this version. It is the best jam I've ever heard. This version can also be heard, but cut by 15 minutes, on their re-release of AWB. Why it was cut I'll never understand. It was from the same record label and it had plenty of space to fit it all. If this was included I would have given this 5 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile DVD Of AWB In Its Prime Nov. 30 2012
By Mark Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As the title indicates, this is a live performance by Average White Band during the Montreaux Jazz Festival in July 1977. This is a very good DVD of AWB at its peak. Considering that this was shot before the days of VCRs, DVDs and music videos, one has to congratulate Claude Nobs and the Montreaux Jazz Festival for having had the foresight to videotape this concert at a time when there was no mass market for concert videos.

Amazon has not included a complete set list on this DVD so here it is:

1./ Pick Up The Pieces
2. Work To Do
3./ A Love Of Your Own
4./ Person To Person
5./ Got The Love
6./ Sweet And Sour
7./ Cut The Cake
8./ I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Bonus Tracks

1./ If I Ever Lose This Heaven
2./ I'm The One
3./ T.L.C.

The sound on this DVD is good but the camera work and editing are pretty sloppy in places. The director often calls for extreme close up head shots that are basically looking straight up the performer's nostrils. In other extreme close ups the director calls for shots of instruments which make little visual sense; a lengthy shot (about 10 seconds or so) of the sound hole on a saxophone during a sax solo is one example that comes to mind. The cameras are often shooting directly into the overhead stage lights which, given the video camera technology of the day, essentially washed out the shot. So the video quality, while acceptable for 1970s video, is not great.

On the bonus tracks, the director is only using one stationary camera set on a wide angle in front of the stage so the shot is of the entire atage while the band is performing. And that's it for camera work on the three bonus tracks! It's possible that these three tracks were shot during a sound check since there doesn't seem to be much evidence of an audience present during the three bonus tracks.

But the sound quality on this DVD is good and that's what really matters.

This is the Average White Band in concert in its heyday. If you like the Average White Band, this is very worthwhile DVD.
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