CD Reviews

Little River Band - 'Cuts Like a Diamond' Hot

Added by James Gaden     October 31, 2013    
0.0 (0)
4557   1   1   0   0   0

A very enjoyable listen.

Widely considered to be one of Australia’s most significant bands, Little River Band have amassed worldwide sales in excess of thirty million, with the U.S.A. in particular taking the band to their hearts. Their song ‘Reminiscing’ has had over 5 million airplays on American Radio, and also featured in scenes in the Will Ferrell / Mark Wahlberg movie ‘The Other Guys’.

The LRB history goes back to their formation in the early Seventies, with a self-titled debut album appearing in 1975. There has been an abundance of line-up changes throughout the bands career, and has included at various times bassist Beeb Birtles from Zoot (the band that launched the career of Rick Springfield), Peter Beckett of Player, and ‘You’re The Voice’ crooner John Farnham. However, due to the chequered past, the current line-up does not actually feature any of the original members, with bassist/vocalist Wayne Nelson the longest surviving member (since 1980), and the band’s name is actually owned by guitarist Stephen Housden, who only joined the ranks in 1981, and officially left in 2006! (Though he does contribute some additional guitar parts to this particular release.) Whether that is right or wrong is down to your own personal opinion, the main thing that matters to me is the music…

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

For the uninitiated, Little River band’s sound deftly blends A.O.R., Country, Westcoast and Blues, but somehow manages to avoid straying too far into any one particular genre and thus avoids categorization. It’s definitely at the lighter end of what we cover in Fireworks, and tempo-wise rarely rises above a canter. But as you would expect from this type of music, the performances are first-class, in particular the short but tasteful guitar solos, and classy vocal harmonies.

Indeed, ‘The Lost And The Lonely’ opens the album with one of those well-arranged vocal parts that brings to mind The Eagles, though the song itself has more of a REO Speedwagon-meets-Chicago vibe. It’s actually ‘Way Too Good’ that veers closest to The Eagles, highly reminiscent of the contributions of Joe Walsh. The Country feel of ‘Forever You, Forever Me’ and the title-track are other highlights, along with the blues-tinged ‘You Dream, I’ll Drive’, the darker-sounding ‘Where Do I Run’ and ‘Who Speaks For Me’, the silky smooth ‘Someone’ with it’s classy saxophone parts, while the closing ballad ‘Love Is’ could quite easily become a huge hit for one of Nashville’s leading luminaries.

Not what you would usually expect to see on Frontiers’ roster, but nevertheless a very enjoyable listen.

Ant Heeks

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  July 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 5 hours ago
  • rockcompany : hi, ordered a bunch of magazines yesterday but still have not received a download. Also the order is not showing in my account?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site