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Little River Band

The Farnham years
1982 - 1987

Greatest Hits
1982
Prior to releasing a completely new album with their new lead singer JOHN FARNHAM, the band obviously intended to test the new voice with only two songs which appear on this 'Greatest Hits' compilation for the very first time. Those are The Other Guy and Down On The Border. Also, the departure of GLENN SHORROCK offered a good occasion to release this bundle of songs as some sort of a closure at that time. Like on the first 'Greatest Hits' collection, the version included of It's A Long Way There is solely a shortened one. This 'Greatest Hits' compilation became one of LITTLE RIVER BAND'S most popular records ever released.

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Greatest Hits
The Net
1983
The first full album introducing JOHN FARNHAM as the new singer. Even with the opener 'You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind', the band proved they were capable of a change in style and groove. The album was also strongly influenced by their new lead guitarist at the time, STEPHEN HOUSDEN.

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The Net
Playing To Win
1984
'Playing To Win' came as a complete surprise to fans and critics, as it largely sounds unusually hard for previous LRB standards. So does the opener ... I sometimes imagined this to be a good TOTO album too, but the obvious truth is that FARNHAM and NELSON'S voices, HOUSDEN'S guitar technique and HIRSCHFELDER'S additional keyboards caused a drastic change in the groups musical goals. GRAEHAM GOBLE told us in his web-interview about this group that "... during the years 1984 & 1985, when the LRB line-up was myself, Wayne Nelson, Stephen Housden, John Farnham, David Hirschfelder & Stephen Prestwich, the live performances were so inspiring that I enjoyed playing live as much as recording." The band played fresher than ever, although the compositions lack originality and the typical LRB style, which caused this album to fall through with both, critics and fans.
But another juncture is certainly interesting to fans and LRB biographers: 'Playing To Win' reveals GRAEHAM GOBLE'S composition style and his true impact at the time, which later also became obvious with the 'BROKEN VOICES' album and his subsequent solo releases.

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Playing To Win
No Reins
1986
Learning from the unsuccessful release of the 'Playing To Win' album, GRAEHAM GOBLE obviously pushed the band back to their soft-rock roots and consequently used more close harmony arrangements and commercially oriented songs. For that reason 'No Reins' became a very good LITTLE RIVER BAND album, which nobody knew at that time [hardcore fans excluded]. The 'New Romantic' wave had taken over to America and left guitar-oriented bands far behind, for more modern sounds using synthesizers and computers were asked by the audience. The missing success is truly deplorable, as 'No Reins' contains some of LRB'S most beautiful recordings, for instance Face In The Crowd, Time For Us, When The War Is Over [which is a cover version of a COLD CHISEL recording from their 'Circus Animals' album, penned by new LRB drummer STEVEN PRESTWICH - but much more convicting in this LRB version] and Forever Blue [which became a delayed hit 1995 in the Netherlands]. No Reins
Too Late To Load
1986
Actually not a planned album of the group, GRAEHAM GOBLE compiled various recordings that haven't been released on any LRB album yet. GRAEHAM still claims this to be his favorite album of the band. This release was available on vinyl as well as on CD, but I have definitely no idea of where to purchase it today.
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'Too Late To Load' contains interesting material, made public for the very first time, such as LRB'S first recording ever, When Will I Be Loved?, a LRB recorded version of GRAEHAM'S Please Don't Ask Me [which originated on JOHN FARNHAM'S solo album 'Uncovered', and later reappeared on GRAHEM GOBLE'S 'Stop'] and a few other tracks that couldn't be accommodated on the regular albums.
Too Late To Load

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