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MUSIC REVIEW: GLENN SHORROCK – SINGS LITTLE RIVER BAND

| 30 January 2020 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: GLENN SHORROCK – SINGS LITTLE RIVER BAND
Social Family Records, March 2019
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
78%

It’s a stone cold travesty that Glenn Shorrock, elder statesman of Aus rock-lite, and his former LRB bandmates Beeb & Birtles aren’t legally allowed to perform under the name Little River Band. No, that privilege has inexplicably fallen to a minor player in the LRB story, a non-creative session player nobody, who now has the legal (though not moral) right to make a living off the back of the talent of others.

Still, Shorrock can legally re-record the songs he helped make world famous, and here he features some of their best and brightest, delivered live in the studio with a whipcrack razor-sharp band.

Arrangements are mostly as they were when these songs topped the charts, though there are a few tweaks here and there that may need a couple of listens to acclimatise to – most notably on Help Is On Its Way. Hearing a song a thousand times over decades makes it a strange experience to hear it altered suddenly, but I’ve had those few extra listens and can confirm that any creative licence is appropriate and worth the perseverance.

If this album really is recorded live in the studio, phewie, it’s seamless. The band are note-perfect, and Shorrock’s voice is still strong and on-pitch, and producer Steve Balbi of Noiseworks fame does a great job to bring new life to these old favourites. It’s a bit joyous hearing Shorrock reclaim his legacy here, and it really does sound like he’s enjoying the experience immensely.

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