Friday 6/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – First Under The Wire (1979)

First Under the Wire is the fifth album by Australian group Little River Band. Released in July 1979 by Capitol Records, it peaked at No. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It was the band’s only United States top ten album and was certified platinum status according to RIAA. The album included two top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits in “Lonesome Loser” and “Cool Change”.

“Lonesome Loser” – 3:58
“The Rumour” – 4:18
“By My Side” – 4:25
“Cool Change” – 5:14
“It’s Not a Wonder” – 3:56
“Hard Life” (Prelude) – 2:42
“Hard Life” – 4:46
“Middle Man” – 4:24
“Man on the Run” – 4:16
“Mistress of Mine” – 5:32
“When Will I Be Loved?” – 2:57

Glenn Shorrock – lead vocals (except as noted)
David Briggs – lead guitars, Roland synthesizer guitars, Electric Sitar on track 10
Beeb Birtles – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, lead vocals on tracks 3 and 9, co-lead vocals on track 8
Graham Goble – electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, vocal arrangements
Derek Pellicci – Sonor and Syndrums drums, percussion
Clive Harrison – bass guitar (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9 and 10)
Mike Clarke – bass (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10)
Peter Sullivan – piano (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9)
Peter Jones – piano and keyboards (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10) and orchestrations
Bill Harrower – saxophones on tracks 4 and 8
John Boylan – acoustic guitar on track 2