Average White Band & Ben E. King, Benny And Us (1978)
Despite owning records by both Average White Band (AWB) and Ben E. King (BEK?) I didn’t know about this record until I saw it on the shelf the other week in the store. I was sold. Well, not quite. Wasn’t quite an impulse buy. You see, I gave it a wee instore test first; tried it out on the record player in the shop. But within a few moments of the first track I was sold. And it was a quick skip through the record – to check for quality if anything and then sold. Shit this is great though. Just totally up my alley. AWB was one helluva band – tight and just right. And I’ve always loved Ben E. King’s voice – though I only know it, truth be told, from a handful of sides. But here he is good. A bit looser. And it just works. Looking forward to more from this – plenty of good times to come I’m sure. I love when you are flipping through the racks and something just speaks to you. As this did. To me.
Sample Track: A Star In The Ghetto
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