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Average White Band & Ben E. King

  • Benny and Us [Atlantic, 1977] B

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Benny and Us [Atlantic, 1977]
This cuts Cut the Cake and finds what Soul Searching was looking for, a tribute not to chemistry but to simple addition. Alan Gorrie and Hamish Stuart are OK vocalists themselves, and King isn't artist enough to turn AWB into a backing band. But "A Fool for You Anyway" and "A Star in the Ghetto" are King's meat, far superior to whatever ricky-tick originals AWB might have put in their place. And in the absence of ricky-tick, such AWB shtick as "Keepin' It to Myself" and Ned Doheny's "Get It Up for Love" sound quite rocky-tock. B