Little River Band – Time Exposure
1961 Capitol Records – ST-12163 ORIGINAL PRESS
Little River Band – Time Exposure
Label: Capitol Records – ST-12163
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US Released: 1981
When Little River Band formed in 1975, Australia immediately took notice. The key bandmembers were already well known to Australians. Lead singer Glenn Shorrock had made his name in mid-'60s group the Twilights, a Beatles-sounding pop group that scored a national number one record with its version of the Velvelettes' "Needle in a Haystack." When the group broke up in 1969, Shorrock became lead singer of Axiom, whose "A Little Ray of Sunshine" is still an Australian classic rock staple. LRB's Beeb Birtles had been the bass player for a popular Twilights-era pop group called Zoot (Rick Springfield was a later member). When that group broke up, in search of musical credibility, Birtles auditioned as the bass player, but was instantly elevated to a front-line position alongside Graham Goble. Even LRB's manager was well-known. Glenn Wheatley had been the bassist with another of Australia's bands, and possibly its most legendary, the Masters Apprentices. Given all that background, when Shorrock and Birtles revealed they were forming a group with Goble, managed by Wheatley, it was major event in Australian music.
They had all had a shot at international stardom via England, without success. Little River Band were formed to conquer the world from Australia via America. With that in mind, they almost immediately went into the studio, even before the rest of the band had been consolidated. They were retaining Mississippi drummer Derek Pellicci and were on the lookout for a guitarist and a bass player. A very early version of the group recorded the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved" as a single, a recording that was shelved when Linda Ronstadt also happened to choose that song as a single. The blueprint for Little River Band was country-rock as practiced by exponents like the Eagles.
Their self-titled first album was released in November 1975. The following May they released a second album, After Hours, and in September of that year set off on their first trip overseas to support Queen at Hyde Park and the Average White Band in the U.S. to promote the release of the first album. Its eight-and-a-half-minute epic "It's a Long Way There" had been edited down for release as a single and was starting to make quite an impact. Graham Goble had written the song about the long trip taking his laundry back to his mother in Adelaide from Melbourne. To an America in shock after the Nixon presidency, the song took on a whole other dimension. LRB had made a big breakthrough. Their American record company decided that the second album, After Hours, was too dark, and put the band straight into the studio to record the next album, resolving to use some of the After Hours tracks and the best of what was being recorded for the band's third Australian album. In both forms the result was called Diamantina Cocktail, produced by John Boylan (Linda Ronstadt). (AMG)
A1 The Night Owls 5:19
A2 Man On Your Mind 4:16
A3 Take It Easy On Me 3:45
A4 Ballerina 4:04
A5 Love Will Survive 4:38
B1 Full Circle 1:54
B2 Just Say That You Love Me 4:02
B3 Suicide Boulevard 3:23
B4 Orbit Zero 4:28
B5 Don't Let The Needle Win 3:57
B6 Guiding Light 3:34
Bass, Vocals – Wayne Nelson
Drums, Percussion – Derek Pellicci
Electric Piano, Piano [Acoustic], Organ [Hammond] – Peter Jones (6)
Engineer – Ern Rose, Geoff Emerick
Guitar, Vocals – Beeb Birtles, Graham Goble
Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – David Briggs (3)
Mastered By – Wally Traugott
Producer – George Martin
Remix – Ern Rose (tracks: A1 to A5), Geoff Emerick (tracks: B1 to B6), Little River Band (tracks: A1 to A5)
Synthesizer [Prophet], Clavinet, Organ [Hammond] – Bill Cuomo
Vocals – Glenn Shorrock
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