March 15, 2010 – 3:53 am

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London 1982 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Dominion Theatre, London, 1982. BBC Rock Hour, broadcast February 1982. Very good radio broadcast.

One probably needs a family tree to keep track of the various lineup changes in the Little River Band. Though formed in 1975, by 1998, none of the original members were with the group and the name of the band resides with guitarist Stephen Housden who joined the group in 1981.

Though nominally a rock band, they would probably be better seen as an adult-oriented-rock band. They have the Eagles soft-rock sound but the keyboards give them a slight E-Street Band edge. Casual listeners would probably know them for the Steely Dan-sounding Reminiscing though they opened their London show with an earlier hit, It’s A Long Way There, and they do rock out on the closing The Night Owls and Just Say That You Love Me.

An Australian band with a successful run in the US (with 13 Top 40 hits), the Little River Band may not be demanding on the listener but they do offer pleasant company.

As Philip Cohen notes: “This show features a transitional lineup with Glenn Shorrock, Beeb Birtles, Graham Goble, Wayne Nelson, Stephen Housden, Mal Logan and Derek Pellicci. This particular lineup with both Shorrock and Housden in the group never made any records. This is taken from a BBC Rock Hour syndication record.”

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. It’s A Long Way There (10.9MB)
Track 02. Man On Your Mind (5.8MB)
Track 03. The Rumour (5.6MB)
Track 04. Mistress Of Mine (7.6MB)
Track 05. Red Shoes/Don’t Let The Needle Win (11.6MB)
Track 06. Reminiscing (6.7MB)
Track 07. Cool Change (8.5MB)
Track 08. The Night Owls (7.3MB)
Track 09. Just Say That You Love Me (7.6MB)

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  2. I was at this show - nice to see decent quality files available after years of unsatisfactory dubs from the vinyl. LRB only played two further UK shows, with John Farnham taking over from Shorrock on lead vocals by the time they played Hammersmith and Birmingham in 1983.

    This year marks the 35th anniversary of LRB and I’ll be out in the US for the celebration weekend with the band. Now if could just persuade them to put the UK on the schedule again…

    By Martin Starkie on Mar 16, 2010

  3. Well, this is from vinyl too….but the vinyl is in excellent condition. If you celebrate with “the band”, the present-day Little River Band is Wayne Nelson and a bunch of totally unknown American players(Stephen Housden is not with the group anymore. He licenses the name to Wayne Nelson)

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 16, 2010

  4. Nice concert! Thanks! It would excellent to hear more of those great shows “at the BBC”.Greetings from Paraguay!

    By Rafa on Mar 16, 2010

  5. Thanks for the effort Phil. I hadn’t even realized that Ice was kapoot!

    By M yche on Apr 3, 2010

  6. Been a long time fan of the band with Glenn Shorrock on lead vocals, which means the real original Band. These recordings show again that they were on the top of their game and are truly one of the best, if not the Best, Close Harmony Rock and Roll band ever.

    Still love it like I loved it in 1976 when I heard it for the first time when they opened for the Hollies and knocked the Hollies litterally of the stage with their vocal capabilities ( and I still love the Hollies though)

    By Bram on Aug 8, 2010

  7. Saw them in the early 80s - an open air festival, donĀ“t remember the when+ where exactly. But will never forget these harmonies… Could not believe my ears.

    Thank you, Phil & BigO!

    By Kint on Aug 12, 2013

  8. Local college station opened their 11pm show with It’s a long way every night back in the 70’s. First time I had ever heard of the band.. quickly bought their first album.. Thanks for re-posting.. I obviously missed it the first go round.

    By Tom on Aug 13, 2013

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