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Little River Band (LRB) - 1983 The Net

ARTIST: Little River Band (LRB)
ALBUM: The Net
LABEL: Capitol/EMI
SERIAL: ST 12273
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1996, One Way Records, 72438 19077 26


LINEUP: John Farnham - vocals * Beeb Birtles, Graeham Goble, Stephen Housden - guitar, vocals * David Hirschfelder - keyboards * Wayne Nelson - bass, vocals * Derek Pellicci - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind * 02 We Two * 03 No More Tears * 04 Mr Socialite * 05 Down On The Border * 06 The Danger Sign * 07 Falling * 08 Sleepless Nights * 09 Easy Money * 10 The Net


It was 1983, and LRB from Australia had embraced some changes. Glenn Shorrock had departed for a solo deal, and 'Villain Of The Peace' was the result of that outcome. In came famed singer John Farnham, who was well known outside of rock circles in Australia, a prodigy of the Melbourne pop scene in the 60's. Many oldies will remember his single 'Sadie The Cleaning Lady', a far cry of what was to come for Farnham during the mid-late 80's and beyond. 1983's 'The Net' was John's first appearance for LRB, and though not a complete success, there was enough here to suggest a big-time move on their LP 'Playin' To Win', a true celebrated AOR classic which followed in 1984.

The Songs
So what of 'The Net'? It's a buoyant mix of songs, which is mostly upbeat, and holds true to LRB's intent to keep things bouncing along. The successful song on the album is the single 'We Two', which did well on the Aussie charts. I like many of the songs here admittedly. The vocal choruses on 'Mr Socialite are to die for, while 'Sleepless Nights' has been a favourite of mine for decades. If I slap this album on, this track is always first in the queue. 'Down On The Border' is a cool Aussie cowpokey song, while 'The Danger Sign' drops into second gear, but with Farnham firing on all sixes, this strikes hot for AORsters. Lots of guitar harmonics introduce 'Falling', which eventuates into a robust quirky rocker. Wayne Nelson takes the vocal lead on 'Easy Money', and the finale is the title-track 'The Net'. It's a regimented tune, and I can kinda see how a song like 'When Cathedrals Were White' was written after listening to this.

In Summary
The album did well in the USA too, featuring two singles which entered the Top 40 Billboard Charts ('We Two' #22 and 'You're Driving Me Out Of My Mind' at #35). At this stage, this would be the last album to feature Beeb Birtles, and drummer Derek Pellici, though he would return for 1988's 'Monsoon' album. LRB fans should return and listen to albums like 'The Net', 'Time Exposure', 'Playin' To Win' and 'No Reins'. All fantastic albums from a golden run by the band. [390 words]

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#1 | gdazegod on January 05 2016 09:11:41
Little River Band - 1983 We Two (Live Melbourne Concert Hall)
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