More than a Little River Band
Craig W. Higgins | Williston Park, New York United States | 06/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Once in awhile a DVD is released that just seems like a gift. This is one of them. It was enough of a magnet to pull one's attention to this reunion simply because it has been a long time since Birtles, Shorrock and Goble shared the stage. After the first few harmonized lines of "Full Circle", one realizes you are about to get more than just a nostalgia act.
Little River Band was never short on talent. The current LRB lineup with Wayne Nelson and Steve Housden is no exception. However, all it takes is a few bars of "It's A Long Way There" to start realizing you are hearing THE genuine article. BSG truly are the core of the Little River Band, and the three men responsible for composing its enduring catalog. Given the incredible performance, one can only hope they continue to make music together. Time has not diminished any quality of these three men. They display the perfect intonation that has been a standard of LRB since it's inception. BSG seem confident, at ease and they deliver the goods the entire performance. A special discovery is in store when witnessing guitarist Simon Hosford. This man is a worthy successor to David Briggs. He executes jaw-dropping, inspired licks that maintain the LRB arrangements and go a step beyond. In fact, what makes this live band so special is the ensemble playing. Each member contributes to the whole.
The DVD is nicely packaged with an extensive booklet, wonderful sound quality and a picturesque backdrop of the Forum Theatre in Melbourne. The track listing generously covers every phase of the LRB catalog. Of special note is the beautiful "Prelude In A Minor", which leads seamlessly into a haunting "Mistress Of Mine". Glenn Shorrock still has the charming stage presence that is a sort of hybrid of Joe Cocker and Phil Collins. His voice is as strong as ever.
All in all, a superb DVD that reminds us just how special BSG (LRB) was, is and will be. More please!!"
Well, here's the sad truth behind the unavailability of this
J. Wade | USA | 05/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Capitol Records does not wish to be a party to legal action so the DVD was deleted not long after it was released. The legal action is from an (insert your fav expletive here) named, Stephen Housden who owns the name of Little River Band. He objects to Birtles Shorrock and Goble using any references to the fact that they were the original writers and voices of Little River Band. As a result of poor legal counsel, they lost the rights to the name and Housden got it. Unfortunately, unless something dramatic happens, there will be no more BSG activity, as Graeham Goble himself told me that they cannot promote themselves or their work if they cannot advertise that they were the original Little River Band."
The REAL Little River Band!!
CALLAHAN | San Francisco, CA | 09/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently watched a friend's copy of this DVD and wanted so badly to buy my own. He informed me about this ORGINAL LRB BAND MEMBERS (Birtles Shorrock Goble) who got taken for a lawyer ride by the CURRENT (imo) IMPOSTER Little River Band that palys as a joke in concert today. I would suggest that NOBODY PURCHASE the currnet (imo) FAKE Little River Band CD anymore untill they release Birtles Shorrock and Goble from making any referances to them being past memebrs of LRB. In my opinion Birtles Shorrock Goble IS THE ORGINAL LRB and the new imposters SUCK!! I only wish some company had the guts to take these guys and make new songs, re-release this awesome DVD, and SCREW the current FAKE IMPOSTER LRB wannabes that are playing today. Of course this is all only MY OPINION of the current GARBAGE that calls themselves the Little River Band.
If you can get your hands on this DVD then consider yourself fortunate! I was glad to even see it. I seen thes guys play as the orginal LRB back in the 70's, and THE CURRENT LRB IS NOTHING without Birtles Shorrock & Goble.
This DVD was a trip back to the AWESOME orignal sound of the good ole Little River Band. Forget the current band, they are nothing but Revisited wannabes imo. Just like the current Creedence Clearwater Revisited (Doug & Stu) IS the old CCR sound minus the contracts, and John Fogerty is NOT CCR without Doug or Stu. Same situation. It'd be like Glenn Shorrock going out on his own with all new members and still calling it LRB. Not going to happen."
A Very Good Show
Printer Guru | Atlanta, GA | 02/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
Other than the fact you may never get this DVD once you order it (I finally found the DVD on Ebay, after waiting three months at Amazon),it's a terrific performance. I have only one gripe: The blue stage lights sometimes wash out the musicians, making viewing difficult.
The top 5 cuts (for me, anyway): 1) Long way There, 2) Man on your Mind, 3)Mistress of Mine, 4) Happy Anniversay, 5)Night Owls.
The vocals are mostly great, exactly what you expect from LRB. And when I tell friends these guys are now in their early 60s (late 50s when recorded), jaws drop.
True, Shorrock doesn't have the same range he did in the 70s and 80s, but gosh, he's still very good. (If you listen to the "Live Exposure" VHS, you'll see what I mean about his voice quality being not quite what it once was.) Wayne Nelson's vocals are also missed. Though some die-hard LRB fans resent Wayne for traveling with the current LRB lineup, he's a quality musician and a great singer. Add him to the mix and this show would be second to none. (If BSG ever tours the U.S.--which will likely never happen, I'm sad to say--Wayne should be invited to join the tour.)
One other small gripe: The crowd is dead! Not until the end do you see any real excitement from those present. This should have been recorded in front of a U.S. audience comprised of rabid LRB fans.
As noted by others, the "engine room" (the backup band) will blow you away.
Bottom line: This is a great DVD and you'll watch it many times over.