Social Family Records [Release date 08.03.19]
Although Little River Band (LRB) still exists, there are no original members in the band and the owner of the business name refuses to allow the founding members to perform with any sign of their heritage unless under strict legal guidelines. The LRB have certainly had more than their fair share of line-up changes, with Glenn Shorrock in the band for two spells – 1975–82 and 1987–96.
The album covers many of the band’s well known songs, including a jazzier/lounge version of ‘Reminiscing’. Aside from Glenn Shorrock’s singing, which still sounds melodious and strong, sax player Ross Middleton is worthy of a special mention. His playing on ‘Shut Down Turn Off’ and ‘Help Is On The Way’ adds an extra sparkle.
One of my personal favorites ‘Cool Change’ makes the album. On this version it is stripped down a little more, with a piano and gentle guitar strumming leading the way. The guitar solo is suitably impressive midway through.
Glenn Shorrock has made sure the LRB’s music stays in the limelight and so good to hear him singing these old songs again. If you didn’t know better you would think this album was recorded back in the LRB’s 70’s heyday, as the instruments and production have that 70s era sound. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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