Tag: Little River Band

Friday 3/19/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – Diamantina Cocktail (1977)

Diamantina Cocktail is the third studio album by the Australian rock group Little River Band. The U.S. version of the album was actually a partial compilation of the Australian versions of After Hours and Diamantina Cocktail. Also noteworthy was that three songs–“Broke Again”, “The Inner Light” and “Another Runway”—were radically different mixes from those released on the original Australian After Hours LP, remixed especially for the US market. In 1980 Capitol Records released the remaining tracks on a U.S. version of After Hours.

Released April 8, 1977 (AUS)
Released June 3, 1977 (USA)

The album was the band’s breakthrough in the United States, reaching #49 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart in 1977 and containing two top 20 singles in “Help Is on Its Way” and “Happy Anniversary”. The album was certified Gold in the U.S. by the R.I.A.A. in January 1978 for over 500,000 copies sold.

On July 30, 2010, the original Australian version of Diamantina Cocktail became available for download (in digitally remastered form) at the iTunes Store for the first time in the U.S. The U.S. versions of “Days on the Road” and “Take Me Home” were added as bonus tracks, and the cover art for both the original Australian LP and the American version was used ignoring the alternate sleeve used in the UK.

A “Diamantina cocktail” is a drink invented in the area of the Diamantina River in Queensland, Australia. It consists of Bundaberg Rum, condensed milk and an emu egg.

“Help Is on Its Way” – 4:06
“Days on the Road” – 4:54
“Happy Anniversary” – 4:04
“Another Runway” – 6:33
“Every Day of My Life” – 3:53
“Home on Monday” – 3:53
“The Inner Light” – 3:31
“Broke Again” – 3:27
“Take Me Home” – 3:48

Glenn Shorrock : lead vocals, piano
Graham Goble : guitars, vocals
Beeb Birtles : guitars, vocals
David Briggs : guitars
George McArdle : bass guitar
Derek Pellicci : drums, percussion

Ric Formosa: guitar (2, 4, 5 on international version)
Roger McLachlan: bass (4, 8)
Eddy Denton: cor anglais
Peter Sullivan: piano
Ian Mason: piano
Tony Buchanan: saxophones
Graeme Lyall: flute

Thursday 3/11/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – Playing To Win (1984)

Playing to Win is the eighth studio album by Little River Band released on Capitol Records. This album is the second studio album with John Farnham as lead vocalist and the first to be recorded by the band in the United States. The album peaked at No. 75 on The Billboard 200.

The first single from the album was “Playing to Win”, which was released in December 1984 and reached No.59 on the Australian Singles Chart, No. 15 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and No. 60 on The Billboard Hot 100. Channel 7 used “Playing to Win” as its football promo for its VFL coverage in early 1985. In addition, it is the only song from the three LRB albums on which John Farnham sang lead vocals that he still continues to perform live in his solo concerts. The second single, “Blind Eyes”, failed to enter the chart. The album was re-released on CD in March 1997 on One Way Records with bonus tracks.

“Playing to Win” – 3:00
“Reappear” – 4:07
“Blind Eyes” – 4:59
“Through Her Eyes” – 5:17
“When Cathedrals Were White” – 4:25
“Relentless” – 5:29
“Piece of the Dream” – 4:12
“Don’t Blame Me” – 3:30
“One Shot in the Dark” – 3:34
“Count Me In” – 3:52
“D” – 3:13
“Playing to Win” (Extended Version) – 4:25

John Farnham – lead vocals
Graham Goble – guitar, vocals
David Hirschfelder – synthesizer, guitar, piano, keyboards, programming, vocals
Stephen Housden – guitar
Wayne Nelson – bass guitar, vocals, lead vocals on “Piece of the Dream” and “Count Me In”
Steve Prestwich – drums

Thursday 7/9/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Little River Band – The Definitive Collection (2002)

The Definitive Collection, originally released in Australia in 2002 and released in the U.S. in 2004 offers 13 of Little River Band’s biggest hits among its 19 tracks, including Help Is on Its Way, “Happy Anniversary”, “Reminiscing”, “Lady”, “Lonesome Loser”, “The Night Owls”, “Cool Change”, “Take It Easy on Me” and “Man on Your Mind”. While the 2000 expanded version of Greatest Hits has more actual charting American hits, including “I’ll Always Call Your Name” and “You’re Driving Me Out of My Mind”, neither of which are here, this nevertheless has the great majority of LRB’s best work.

1. “It’s a Long Way There” 8:39
2. “Curiosity Killed the Cat” 3:40
3. “Emma” 3:04
4. “Everyday of My Life” 3:40
5. “Help Is on Its Way” 3:55
6. “Home on Monday” 3:51
7. “Happy Anniversary” 3:58
8. “Shut Down, Turn Off” 3:58
9. “Reminiscing” 4:09
10. “Lady” 4:43
11. “Lonesome Loser” 3:52
12. “Cool Change” 4:51
13. “The Night Owls” 5:07
14. “Take It Easy on Me” 3:45
15. “Man on Your Mind” 4:05
16. “We Two” Goble 4:25
17. “Down on the Border” 2:56
18. “The Other Guy” 2:49
19. “Playing to Win” 2:57

Thursday 10pm ET: Feature Artist – Little River Band

Little River Band (LRB) are a rock band originally formed in Melbourne, Australia, in March 1975. The band achieved commercial success in both Australia and the United States. They have sold more than 30 million records; six studio albums reached the top 10 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums chart including Diamantina Cocktail (April 1977) and First Under the Wire (July 1979), which both peaked at No. 2. Nine singles appeared in the top 20 on the related singles chart, with “Help Is on Its Way” (1977) as their only number-one hit. Ten singles reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Reminiscing” their highest, peaking at No. 3. Only First Under the Wire appeared in the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200.

Early members were Beeb Birtles, Ric Formosa, Graeham Goble, Roger McLachlan, Derek Pellicci and Glenn Shorrock. Most of the group’s 1970s and 1980s material was written by Goble and/or Shorrock, Birtles and David Briggs (who replaced Formosa).

Little River Band have received many music awards in Australia. In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, named “Cool Change”, written by Shorrock, as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. The 1976 line-up of Birtles, Briggs, Goble, Pellicci, Shorrock and George McArdle (who replaced McLachlan), were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.

Little River Band have undergone numerous personnel changes, with over 30 members since their formation. None of the musicians now performing as Little River Band are original members, nor did they contribute to the success the band had in the 1970s.[1] In the 1980s, members included John Farnham, David Hirschfelder, Stephen Housden, Wayne Nelson and Steve Prestwich. Currently the line-up is Wayne Nelson (who first joined the band in 1980) with Rich Herring, Chris Marion, Ryan Ricks and Colin Whinnery, none of whom are Australian. Two former members have died, Barry Sullivan in October 2003 (aged 57) and Steve Prestwich in January 2011 (aged 56).

Artist Countdown: Little River Band Top 30 Hits 6pm ET

littleriverLittle River Band or LRB is an Australian rock band, formed in Melbourne in early 1975.

The band chose its name after passing a road sign leading to the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong, on the way to a performance. Little River Band enjoyed sustained commercial success not only in Australia, but also in the United States. They have sold more than 25 million records and achieved 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, besides many music awards gained in Australia.

The band’s original members were: lead vocals Glenn Shorrock, acoustic guitar and vocals Graeham Goble, rhythm guitar and vocals Beeb Birtles, lead guitar Ric Formosa, bass guitar Roger McLachlan, and drums Derek Pellicci. Goble was the only original member born in Australia. The music and lyrics for most of the group’s compositions were primarily written by Goble and Shorrock, with contributions from Birtles, Briggs and Pellicci.

In May 2001 the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations, named “Cool Change”, written by Shorrock, as one of the Top 30 Australian songs of all time. The classic line-up of Birtles, Goble, Pellicci, Shorrock, guitarist David Briggs, and bass guitarist George McArdle, were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.

1 The Other Guy
2 Lonesome Loser
3 Reminiscing
4 The Night Owls
5 Lady
6 We Two
7 Help Is on Its Way
8 Cool Change
9 Take It Easy on Me
10 Love is a Bridge
11 Man on Your Mind
12 It’s a Long Way There
13 If I Get Lucky
14 Down on the Border
15 Curiosity (Killed the Cat)
16 Happy Anniversary
17 Shut Down Turn Off
18 Playing to Win
19 Emma
20 Everyday of My Life
21 Witchery
22 You’re Driving Me Out of My Mind
23 St. Louis
24 Soul Searching
25 I’ll Always Call Your Name
26 Son of a Famous Man
27 Home on Monday
28 Broke Again
29 Blind Eyes
30 Time For Us