LITTLE RIVER BAND - NO REINS (1986, CAPITOL)
John Farnham - vocals
Graham Goble - guitars, vocals
David Hirschfelder - keyboards
Wayne Nelson - vocals, bass
Stephen Housden - guitars
Steven Prestwich - drums
Through their long and varied history, LRB have delivered quality melodic rock. Their mid 80's era was the one that interested me the most, with albums such as 'Time Exposure', 'The Net', the pomp-tastic 'Playing To Win' and this one 'No Reins' all containing ample moments of radio friendly rock. During this phase, the band had recruited John Farnham as their lead singer, taking over from Glenn Shorrock
, and 'No Reins' is the third and last installment of the Farnham era of LRB. For this album, the singing is shared between Farnham and Nelson, an extremely good singer in his own right! The quality is there, and though musically understated, you can tell many of the songs have something special about them.
The lead-off track 'Face In The Crowd' is a luke-warm start, but things really take off with Track Two 'It's Just A Matter Of Time' where Farnham's voice and the myriad of AOR/keyboard touches get to inter-mingle. It's followed by the killer ballad 'Time For Us', and then onto the punchy AOR of 'No Reins On Me'. A very nice pairing. The Cold Chisel
staple 'When The War Is Over' (written by drummer Steve Prestwich) is next, and gets a superb workout here, and is on a par with the Chisel effort. Perhaps this one is stronger in the harmony vocal department and Farnham's rendition soars into the stratosphere, though Jimmy Barnes
' version is awesome too. Onto Side Two, and we're looking at a killer collection of AOR.. The musical statement that is 'Thin Ice' is an impassioned plea to the world, warning of future disasters.. done so with massive keys and stirring choruses. Hirschfelder gets another workout with the keyboard laden 'How Many Nights' while the luscious 'Forever Blue' is a personal highlight.. perhaps the smoothest AOR on the album. In contrast, 'Paper Paradise' is an energetic piece, jumpy and bouncy all in one.
Despite the classy songs, the album virtually went unnoticed around the planet. Jeez, what was everyone listening to back then? As mentioned previously, this was the last of the Farnham era albums. He went solo soon after, striking massive success with his 'Whispering Jack' album during the 1986/87 period, and an assured career for many years later. LRB continued on, with singer Glenn Shorrock
returning to the fold for 1988's 'Monsoon' album. 'No Reins' is not the easiest album to find these days on CD, even rarer finding this as a Japanese copy. Good luck, it's worth the hunt.
01 Face In The Crowd
02 It's Just A Matter Of Time
03 Time For Us
04 No Reins On Me
05 When The War Is Over
06 Thin Ice
07 How Many Nights?
08 Forever Blue
09 Paper Paradise
10 It Was The Night
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