"This was, IMO, LRB's best line-up of musicians with bassist / vocalist Wayne Nelson in the mix with the original members. (Interestingly, Nelson would obtain the rights to use the LRB band name in recent years, playing without any of the original band members!) The concert music and songs presented are excellent and the video demonstrates the great talent this band had. With that said, I would not rate this a 5-star video as the production quality of the concert's taping and its transfer to DVD are not the best and resulted in a grainy video. Also, I wound have preferred to see the concert footage separated from the side material (interviews, rehearsals, road travel), but instead the latter is presented during the concert songs. In spite of these drawbacks, I do recommend this DVD to LRB fans."
Finally Classic LRB comes to DVD!
Warren Bunn | Castaic, Ca United States | 08/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am very happy that we finally have a look and listen at the real Little River Band. The band touring today may as well be a tribute band because there is not one original member! This is the real deal the way they were meant to be seen and heard.Buy this DVD!"
Its the real LRB in its prime
John Dearing | Sydney, NSW Australia | 07/22/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The little river band came from Australia and its members where from well know Australian bands. This DVD shows the band at its prime in Texas, includes interviews and there great hits. Its suprising the DVD is not released on Capital? A great DVD -John"
LITTLE RIVER BAND AT IT's BEST
Richard M. Frost | Monterey, Ca | 02/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great DVD that showcases the talent of LRB. Great selection of songs coupled with outstanding audio and video This is a keeper. If you are an LRB fan and want to see them at their peak with original members, this is the one."
Humorous typesetting goof in packaging. Good video, though
John S. Harris | Memphis, TN | 09/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a concert DVD of the LRB in concert in October 1981. Between each song is a brief video segment of members of the band interviewing each other, doing in-studio radio interviews and promos, doing pre-show vocal harmony warm-ups, or some other backstage footage. Song, video footage, song, video footage, song, video footage, etc.
This isn't the original line-up of the band (there are 2 relatively new members at the time) but it may be considered the "classic" line-up. When I saw the LRB back in the late nineties, the 2 "new" members from this show were the only members still in the band. Everyone else was gone. But enough moaning.
There is an interesting typesetting goof on the DVD back cover and the insert page. The set list includes the songs "It's Not a Wonder" and "Lady", but they are folded together as one song title by mistake. They are listed as "It's Not a Wonder Lady" not once but twice. It wasn't until I watched the video and heard the separate songs (and read the correct credits at the end) that I learned there is no such song as "It's Not a Wonder Lady". Just as well, too. I had no idea what a "Wonder Lady" could be. It's not a "Wonder Lady" (pardon the pun).
Total running time is about 75 minutes and almost a third of that is non-concert footage. But the show itself is good and it's nice to hear the LRB again. The cameramen or director or editor apparently didn't care too much about "equal time" considerations. The keyboard player barely gets a second or two of screen time. If it weren't for the off-stage footage you wouldn't even know what he looks like.
The concert was from nearly 30 years ago and it shows in the video quality. Very grainy. But that wasn't unheard of at the time. Those of us of a certain age are used to video footage like that. It used to be the norm. It doesn't bother me one bit, though it may not be a big hit with folks who are only used to (or simply demand) pristine digital video.