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Cut the Cake Average White Band (Atlantic, 1975)

Cut the Cake was Average White Band’s third album and it almost wasn’t. It was the
follow-up to the immensely popular AWB (1974). Recording was plagued by creative and artistic differences that saw the members of this Scottish funk/soul band storm out three separate times! The members of Average White Band were mourning the loss of their drummer Robbie McIntosh to a heroin overdose in 1974. The producer (Arif Mardin) of Cut the Cake considered scrapping the album, but they persevered.

The album’s title track Cut the Cake was the best performing single off the album. It peaked at #10 on Billboard’s pop singles chart. If I Ever Lose This Heaven peaked at #39 and School Boy Crush peaked at #33. All the singles did better on the R&B chart (#7, #25 and #22 respectively). Meanwhile, Cut the Cake (the album) hit #4 on the album chart and hit #1 on the R&B album chart.

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