Little River Band

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
An Australian sextet, Little River Band's debut album sounds as American as anything by the Eagles or the Doobie Brothers, and is driven by "It's a Long Way There" -- whose eight and a half minutes of crunchy electric guitars, luminous acoustic guitar, and smooth harmonizing is spread across a musically dramatic arc that is worth every second of its running time. This is an astonishingly strong debut album. There aren't any surprises, just seven more eminently enjoyable if slightly looser structured mainstream rock songs in the same vein, inventive where they had to be like on the solos or the variations on the extended choruses, all more modestly proportioned than the hit ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
An Australian sextet, Little River Band's debut album sounds as American as anything by the Eagles or the Doobie Brothers, and is driven by "It's a Long Way There" -- whose eight and a half minutes of crunchy electric guitars, luminous acoustic guitar, and smooth harmonizing is spread across a musically dramatic arc that is worth every second of its running time. This is an astonishingly strong debut album. There aren't any surprises, just seven more eminently enjoyable if slightly looser structured mainstream rock songs in the same vein, inventive where they had to be like on the solos or the variations on the extended choruses, all more modestly proportioned than the hit and thoroughly enjoyable. Guitarist Graham Goble dominated the songwriting with the single and "I Know It," but singer Glenn Shorrock contributed significantly with the delightfully exuberant "Emma" and the hauntingly beautiful movie-within-a-song "The Man in Black," and guitarist Beeb Birtles showed himself no slouch in the ballad department with "I'll Always Call Your Name," which overstays its welcome by about 30 seconds but is otherwise nice and catchy. [The remastering job on the 2001 reissue by Australian EMI is also first-rate, capturing the group's loud, punchy sound and decent annotation about the band's roots and origins.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2002
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 077779174928
  • Catalog Number: 791749

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little River Band Primary Artist
Beeb Birtles Guitar, Vocals
Steve Cooney Mandolin
Ric Formosa Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Graham Goble Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Hyde Percussion
Peter Jones Piano
Col Laughnan Saxophone
Ian Mason Piano
Roger McLachlan Bass, Bass Guitar
Derek Pellicci Percussion, Drums
Glenn Shorrock Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Geoff Skewes Keyboards
Beeb Britles Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Little River Band Producer
Glenn Wheatley Producer
Glenn A. Baker Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outback Pop Meisters Debut Album

    Hailing from Australia Little River Band hit the US with this album somewhere around 1976. The disc leads off with "It's A Long Way There" which displays all of Little River Band's strengths. Those strengths are dual guitar leads, over the top vocal harmonies, and "hooky" songwriting. This album and Diamontina Cocktail have a more earthy feel while later albums had a more pronounced commercial sheen on them. None of their albums are bad, I personally favor the first two I have mentioned however. I wish I could have seen this band. They sold a ton of records, but were still under the radar in many ways. I hope time gives them the due they so richly deserve. Get and enjoy this album if you like vocal oriented guitar drenched pop.

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