Birtles Shorrock Goble
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If they had had the foresight, maybe Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock, and Graham Goble would have followed the practice of one of their big musical influences when they formed the core of a group joined by three other Australian musicians in the mid-'70s. Several years earlier, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills had deliberately named their new ensemble Crosby, Stills & Nash on the notion that, unlike their previous groups, the Byrds, the Hollies, and Buffalo Springfield, this band couldn't be billed under the group name unless all of them were present. Instead, Birtles, Shorrock, and Goble named their outfit Little River Band, and it went on to the kinds of personnel changes common to many pop groups, continuing well into the 21st century without any of the original members. So, when the three principals decided to re-form, none of them had rights to the name and, as with the version of Yes that toured and recorded as Anderson-Bruford-Wakeman-Howe in 1989, they were finally forced to use their own names while performing their old songs in the old way. When they played the Forum in Melbourne in July 2003, the marquee read, "Original Voices of ?????? ????? ????," and everyone in the hall knew what the question marks stood for. The resulting live album, Full Circle (also issued as a video on DVD), is pretty much what a Little River Band fan would expect. All 11 of the Top 40 hits the group scored in the U.S. between 1976 and 1982, when these three members were present, are included, and although more than 20 years have gone by, they sound much the same. Of course, this means that the CD is the least compelling of the three media in which the show might be experienced, following the actual live show and the video. There are only a few brief stage remarks on this lengthy disc, so one might as well listen to the original recordings instead. And despite the billing on the cover, this should be filed in record collections under Little River Band.
These performers were much underrated musicians who created music to compliment their musical harmonies. A smooth easy listening sound that matched their wealth of talents. Australia often overlooked their capacity to reach out to the USA and the pleasure seeing them at live performances in small venues, as well as larger concerts. Most people know Reminiscing and Help Is On It's Way, but some songs like Mistress of Mine and Home On Monday illuminate why they released six successful albums in the USA. This album and their performances should be regarded well above the current crop of one hit wonders flashing a little flesh and waving arms about like flapping flags.
This is the REAL Little River Band
Listen to it and make up your own mind!
This is the REAL LRB - not to be confused with the band that currently performs under that name but which does not have a single original member and which sounds NOTHING like LRB. The songs on this album are the classics, sung and performed by the people who originally recorded them. Enjoy!