ARTIST: The Little River Band
TITLE: The Definitive Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 40: It’s a Long Way There (#28), Help Is on Its Way (#14), Happy Anniversary (#16), Reminiscing (#3), Lady (#10), Lonesome Loser (#6), Cool Change (#10), The Night Owls (#6), Take It Easy on Me (#10), Man on Your Mind (#14), The Other Guy (#11), We Two (#22)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only if you have the albums
LINEUP: Glenn Shorrock, Graeham Goble, Beeb Birtles, Derek Pelicci. John Farnham replaced Shorrock as vocalist in 1982. They used various bassists and lead guitar players.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Australian MOR band has a bundle of hits that are pleasant to listen to if you’re not really listening. Most everyone over 45 knows them by heart. Under that age, you may have heard them in the grocery store.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I set out to review each LRB album, but then I realized that for a band like this, the deep cuts aren’t why you grab anything by them. So I resolved to hear the non-hits on this collection to see if I should revise that thinking and hear each album on its own.
Nah. So sorry to disappoint you if you were wanting quality analysis of Diamantina Cocktail or Sleeper Catcher.
Everything on here is catchy, pleasant, has harmonies, and is rather much non-essential unless you grew up with them. Then, it’s pleasant nostalgia for the radio, especially when you were stuck in the car with your mother while listening to the Adult Contemporary station. It’s well produced, well played, well sung piffle.
I kept it, because you need some pop piffle in your life, especially if you grew up with it.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: In Australia, they had seven Top 10 albums but only three top 10 singles. Hmmm…
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. There is another compilation that has two songs this doesn’t – including one Top 40 hit (“You’re Driving Me Out of My Mind – #35).
GRADE: C+: Oh, well, I’m just dancing in the dark, walking in the park and reminiscing.