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Little River Band

When Little River Band formed in 1975, Australia immediately took notice. The key bandmembers were already well known to Australians. Lead singer Glenn Shorrock had made his name in mid-'60s group the Twilights, a Beatles-sounding pop group that scored a national number one record with its version of the Velvelettes' "Needle in a Haystack." When the group broke up in 1969, Shorrock became lead singer of Axiom, whose "A Little Ray of Sunshine" is still an Australian classic rock staple. LRB's Beeb Birtles had been the bass player for a popular Twilights-era pop group called Zoot (Rick Springfield was a later member). When that group broke up, in search of musical credibility, Birtles auditioned as the bass player, but was instantly elevated to a front-line position alongside Graham Goble. Even LRB's manager was well-known. Glenn Wheatley had been the bassist with another of Australia's bands, and possibly its most legendary, the Masters Apprentices. Given all that background, when Shorrock and Birtles revealed they were forming a group with Goble, managed by Wheatley, it was major event in Australian music.

They had all had a shot at international stardom via England, without success. Little River Band were formed to conquer the world from Australia via America. With that in mind, they almost immediately went into the studio, even before the rest of the band had been consolidated. They were retaining Mississippi drummer Derek Pellicci and were on the lookout for a guitarist and a bass player. A very early version of the group recorded the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved" as a single, a recording that was shelved when Linda Ronstadt also happened to choose that song as a single. The blueprint for Little River Band was country-rock as practiced by exponents like the Eagles.

Their self-titled first album was released in November 1975. The following May they released a second album, After Hours, and in September of that year set off on their first trip overseas to support Queen at Hyde Park and the Average White Band in the U.S. to promote the release of the first album. Its eight-and-a-half-minute epic "It's a Long Way There" had been edited down for release as a single and was starting to make quite an impact. Graham Goble had written the song about the long trip taking his laundry back to his mother in Adelaide from Melbourne. To an America in shock after the Nixon presidency, the song took on a whole other dimension. LRB had made a big breakthrough. Their American record company decided that the second album, After Hours, was too dark, and put the band straight into the studio to record the next album, resolving to use some of the After Hours tracks and the best of what was being recorded for the band's third Australian album. In both forms the result was called Diamantina Cocktail, produced by John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt).

To date, LRB's success in Australia had been modestly in keeping with the band's place in Australian music history -- respected but not totally embraced. The single from the new album, Glenn Shorrock's "Help Is on Its Way," changed that. Another important hit in America, in Australia it went all the way to number one. The album sold gold in America, the first time an Australian act had achieved such a feat. It was followed by Sleeper Catcher, again produced by Boylan, the first album recorded in Australia to sell over a million copies in the U.S. This time, LRB's greater success was in America, with the single "Reminiscing" becoming a number three hit. This was the song John Lennon confessed he made love to during his "long weekend" separation from Yoko Ono.

For the next four years, LRB kept straddling the two continents, with the band renowned for its impeccable live performances. Internally, relationships were not as happy. From the first album on, front-liners Shorrock, Birtles, and Goble recorded separately. On the road they traveled separately. Only on-stage were they "together." Regular changes in the back line only contributed to the tensions. During one break between American tours, Goble started writing and producing an album for Australian pop legend John Farnham. He then agitated the band to replace Shorrock with Farnham. Australia pricked up its ears, but America was in shock, as this still successful band moved toward replacing the singer of all its big hits with an unknown. Nevertheless, the change was made and Farnham walked straight into the recording studio to record The Net. More lineup changes followed, including the departure of Beeb Birtles.

In all, John Farnham recorded three albums with LRB over four years. The experiment never worked. Whatever Farnham's talents, America longed for Glenn Shorrock. At the end of 1985, while LRB were seriously contemplating their future, Farnham took the initiative of leaving to start work on another solo album, Whispering Jack, an album that completely rehabilitated Farnham as the biggest-selling artist in Australia. LRB regrouped in 1988 with new management and a new record label. Glenn Shorrock and Derek Pellicci rejoined Goble, with "new boys" Wayne Nelson and John Housden added, to record the Monsoon album and its single, "Love Is a Bridge." In 1990, Goble left Little River Band as a touring member, and the band as fans had known it finally called it a day in 1991.

And yet the story continued. For a while, drummer Derek Pellicci mounted Little River Band tours with a lineup including Glenn Shorrock. When Shorrock didn't want to meet one particular schedule due to other commitments, he was sacked, resulting in unpleasant legal action. Then Pellicci also departed, but an LRB lineup continued living and working in America, still featuring those latecomers Wayne Nelson and Steve Housden. In spite -- or maybe because -- of all this, the holiday album We Call It Christmas appeared in 2008. ~ Ed Nimmervoll
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cuts Like A Diamond

1. The Lost And The Lonely

2. Forever You Forever Me

3. Cuts Like A Diamond

4. You Dream I'll Drive

5. I'm An Island

6. Way Too Good

7. What If You're Wrong

8. Where Do I Run

9. Someone

10. Who Speaks For Me

11. Love Is

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Track List: The Lost and the Lonely

1. The Lost and the Lonely

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Track List: Diamantina Cocktail (2010 Remaster)

1. Help Is On Its Way

2. The Drifter

3. L.A. In The Sunshine

4. The Inner Light

5. Witchery

6. Home On Monday

7. Happy Anniversary

8. Raelene, Raelene

9. Changed And Different

10. Days On The Road (Version 2)

11. Take Me Home (Version 2)

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Track List: The Net (2010 Remaster)

1. You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind

2. We Two

3. No More Tears

4. Mr. Socialite

5. Down On The Border

6. The Danger Sign

7. Falling

8. Sleepless Nights

9. Easy Money

10. The Net

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Track List: Too Late To Load (2010 Remastered Version)

1. When Will I Be Loved?

2. "D"

3. Gunslinger

4. Please Don't Ask Me

5. The Shut Out

6. One Day

7. Love Letters (Live)

8. Stormy Surrender

9. What Ya Thinka Me

10. Tender Betrayal

11. The Butterfly (Live)

12. Chip Off The Old Block

13. Good Wine

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Track List: Essential Masters

1. I Think I Left My Heart With You

2. Where We Started From

3. Help Is On Its Way (Live)

4. American Way

5. Magazine Girl

6. Happy Anniversary (Live)

7. It's Not A Wonder (Live)

8. Cool Change

9. Reminiscing (Live)

10. I Think I Left My Heart With You (Live)

11. Who Made The Moon

12. Just You And I

13. The Night Owls

14. Man On Your Mind (Live)

15. Look In Your Eyes

16. This Place

17. Lead Me To Water

18. Take It Easy On Me (Live)

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Track List: Rearranged

1. It's A Long Way There

2. Man On Your Mind

3. This Place

4. Take It Easy On Me

5. Happy Anniversary

6. Forever Blue

7. The Other Guy

8. Reminiscing

9. Should I Go

10. We Two / Down On The Border

11. Help Is On Its Way

12. The Night Owls

13. Cool Changes

14. Lonesome Loser

15. Lady

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Track List: Test Of Time

1. The Long Goodbye

2. Should I Go

3. Back In Your Arms

4. Old Money

5. Hold On

6. Enlighten Me

7. Forever Now

8. Can't Get You Outta My Heart

9. I've Met Love Before

10. I'm Waiting

11. There's A Bus Leaving

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. It's A Long Way There

2. Curiosity Killed The Cat

3. Emma

4. Everyday Of My Life

5. Help Is On It's Way

6. Home On Monday

7. Happy Anniversary

8. Shut Down, Turn Off

9. Reminiscing

10. Lady

11. Lonesome Loser

12. Cool Change

13. The Night Owls

14. Take It Easy On Me

15. Man On Your Mind

16. We Two

17. Down On The Border

18. The Other Guy

19. Playing To Win

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Track List: Get Lucky

1. If I Get Lucky

2. There's Not Another You

3. Second Wind

4. Every Time I Turn Around

5. I Dream Alone

6. Time & Eternity

7. Two Emotions

8. As Long As I'm Alive

9. The One That Got Away

10. Listen To Your Heart

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Track List: Monsoon

1. It's Cold Out Tonight

2. Parallel Lines

3. Love Is A Bridge

4. The Rhythm King

5. Face In The Crowd

6. A Cruel Madness

7. Inside Story

8. Son Of A Famous Man

9. Soul Searching

10. Great Unknown

11. Shadow In The Rain

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Track List: No Reins (2010 Remaster)

1. Face In The Crowd (2010)

2. It's Just A Matter Of Time (2010)

3. Time For Us (2010)

4. No Reins On Me (2010)

5. When The War Is Over (2010)

6. Thin Ice (2010)

7. How Many Nights? (2010)

8. Forever Blue (2010)

9. Paper Paradise (2010)

10. It Was The Night (2010)

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Track List: Playing To Win

1. Playing To Win

2. Reappear

3. Blind Eyes

4. Through Her Eyes

5. When Cathedrals Were White

6. Relentless

7. Piece Of The Dream

8. Don't Blame Me

9. One Shot In The Dark

10. Count Me In

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Lonesome Loser

2. Help Is On Its Way

3. Cool Change

4. Take It Easy On Me

5. Face In The Crowd

6. Reminiscing

7. The Night Owls

8. Lady

9. We Two

10. The Other Guy

11. Man On Your Mind

12. I'll Always Call Your Name

13. Down On The Border

14. Happy Anniversary

15. Playing To Win

16. It's Not A Wonder

17. You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind

18. It's A Long Way There

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Track List: Time Exposure

1. The Night Owls (2010 Digital Remaster)

2. Man On Your Mind (2010 Digital Remaster)

3. Take It Easy On Me (2010 Digital Remaster)

4. Ballerina (2010 Digital Remaster)

5. Love Will Survive (2010 Digital Remaster)

6. Full Circle (2010 Digital Remaster)

7. Just Say That You Love Me (2010 Digital Remaster)

8. Suicide Boulevard (2010 Digital Remaster)

9. Orbit Zero (2010 Digital Remaster)

10. Don't Let The Needle Win (2010 Digital Remaster)

11. Guiding Light (2010 Digital Remaster)

12. Long Jumping Jeweller (2010 Digital Remaster)

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Track List: First Under The Wire (2010 Digital Remaster)

1. Lonesome Loser

2. The Rumor

3. By My Side

4. Cool Change

5. It's Not A Wonder

6. Hard Life (Prelude)

7. Hard Life

8. Middle Man

9. Man On The Run

10. Mistress Of Mine

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Track List: Sleeper Catcher

1. Shut Down, Turn Off

2. Reminiscing

3. Red-Headed Wild Flower

4. Light Of Day

5. Fall From Paradise

6. Lady

7. Sanity's Side

8. So Many Paths

9. One For The Road

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Track List: After Hours

1. Days On The Road

2. Everyday Of My Life

3. Broke Again

4. Seine City

5. Another Runway

6. Bourbon Street

7. Sweet Old Fashioned Man

8. Take Me Home

9. Country Girls

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Track List: Little River Band

1. It's A Long Way There

2. Curiosity Killed The Cat

3. Meanwhile

4. My Lady And Me

5. I'll Always Call Your Name

6. Emma

7. The Man In Black

8. Statue Of Liberty

9. I Know It

10. I Just Don't Get The Feeling Anymore

11. Love Is A Feeling

12. Time To Fly

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dragonlady60 8 8
Love this song.....CLA S S I C
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Love Wayne Nelson...thi s song rocks!!!!! Wayne and present day LRB are amazing musicians... s o much talent!!!!
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how can you not love his song
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REAL MUSIC
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KC, there's no way you can hear this tune without thinking of me, because there's no way I can hear it without thinking of you....
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Love Little River Band
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Remembering this song, bring back a better time in the world!
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U don't give a dam u don't want me. Stop lying NIKKIE
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beautiful..
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justinjenny4 9 5
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I am a metal head from way back but this music is soothing my soul
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Now this is music!
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Im stuck in this era...its romantic, cool, sexy...alway s makes me happy!
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This song is bad a** :)
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Awe the 70's tunes
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Right from the soul music.....lo v e em always!!!! Right on!!!!!
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This is my absolute favorite band...Love Little River Band...take me back
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cindy.kumar. u s a
Good for the soul
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amcknight001
OooooooH!!!! ! Here's to the 80s!! My son was under the tender age of 10, when we use to ride around singing this song. Now he is 31 and will smile when he hears this. Precious memories for the both of us. Life, please take it easy on me!!!
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Wow.....a hit always
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lasiter803
It's Along Way There...Awes o m e !
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Look around..
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LOVE LOVE LOVE - COOL CHANGE
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The albatross and the whales are my brothers. Lol lol lol
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Lady, instant transport to my first love. Thanks for the good times.
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Time for a cool change!!!!
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desiree.whee l e r
i had forgotten how much i love LRB
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I'm......A.. . . L A D Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ? X X X X X X X O O O O O O O O O X X X
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Wayne has been with band since the late 70's. Who wrote this garbage above? WAY less than accurate
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Take it easy on today Suckie music ,nothing but cussing in music ,70s music is about experiences
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Geez...it would be simply awesome if the original lineup from '78, '79, were to get back together and tour...the current 'lineup' is ok, but not even close to the talents of the originals... K C , you remember, don't you ?
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Just saw these guys again doing a phenomenal show with orchestra backup. These guys just get better and better. They played some of the new tracks with a great blend of hits. Super band still. Super show.
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Singing along - Time for a Cool Change - - - - - Great Song
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Time for a Cool Change - Great Song !
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phale376
Just attended a concert in N.Indiana! They were GREAT!!!
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What a great little band!
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LOVE Little River Band!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Sorry I missed the concert in El Paso, only 1500 miles away. I bet it was a bang up show.
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microbiojavi
Just saw LRB in concert last weekend 1/30/16 in El Paso, TX. Their harmonies are still spot on!
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There just awesome !!!! Lots of memory's
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They were badass harmonizers! !
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A LIFETIME...P L A N . . . . T H A T ' S . . . . W H A T ' S . . . . U P ! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . r e m i n i s c i n g . . X X X X O O L O
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All I can sing is Look out....there ' s a car with a Snowbird driving!! Thanks Jonathan Brandmeyer!! ! (I'm in Phoenix, AZ!!)
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