First Listen: Average White Band – A Love Of Your Own (Juan Chousa & Kanike Remix) (Papa Records)
Disco: the return??? We recently wondered. Well, it pretty much looks like this rework of ‘A Love Of Your Own’ adds to the current sensation. Doesn’t it? And what a revamp Spanish twosome Juan Chousa and Kanike have done as a matter of fact. Most definitely bringin’ ‘A Love Of Your Own’ into a brand new dimension.
I suppose some of us will have a strange feeling. And the fact is we’re kinda far from the original mellowness of the song. A smoothie co-written by Ned Doheny, himself renown for ‘To Prove My Love’ which Incognito eventually covered in 2016. ‘A Love Of Your Own’ standing among the definitive highlights of Average White Band‘s 1976 ‘Soul Searching’ album. But in the meantime, we couldn’t deny as to how the two Spanish producers have given it an interesting new perspective. Turnin’ it into an appealing laiback Disco/Funk groove.
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Still active nowadays, Average White Band saw the light back in 1972. They made their debut on MCA the year after with the album ‘Show Your Hand’ although generating poor sales. Bruce McCaskill, who was Eric Clapton‘s tour manager, liked their music so much that he managed to get Atlantic Records to sign them. The group soon after released the ‘AWB’ album (also known as “The White Album”). It would be their first major success as for their producer, Arif Mardin, featuring the classic ‘Pick Up The Pieces’. With the rest almost becomin’ history from then…
Steve Ferrone came on to replace drummer Robbie McIntosh soon after his sudden death back then. The group capitalizing on their success with tracks such as ‘Cut The Cake’ and ‘Queen Of My Soul’, 2 UK hits. They then recorded ‘Benny And Us’ along with Ben E. King. An album which features the memorable ‘A Star In The Ghetto’.
Average White Band eventually partnered with producer Dan Hartman on ‘Cupid’s Fashion’ back in 1982, collaborating with songwriters such as Kashif and Harold Faltermeyer. They disbanded though a year later and reunited in 1989 to release a new album. ‘Aftershock’ (that’s its title) featured guest appearances by Chaka Khan. And also Ronnie Laws and The Ohio Players.
AWB have never ceased recording since, despite regular line-up modifications.
Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre are the only remaining original members of the band.
One of the highlights from their 1976 ‘Soul Searching’ album, the smooth ‘A Love Of Your Own’. A track which has resurfaced after 42 years. This under the form of a Disco/Funk fueled remix courtesy of Spanish producers Juan Chousa and Kanike for UK label Papa Records.
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