Diamantina Cocktail

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Diamantina Cocktail
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Studio album by
Released8 April 1977 (AUS)
3 June 1977 (USA)
LabelEMI, Capitol Records (AUS)
Harvest Records (USA)
ProducerJohn Boylan, Little River Band
Little River Band chronology
After Hours
Diamantina Cocktail
Sleeper Catcher
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Diamantina Cocktail is the third album by the Little River Band. The U.S. version of the album was actually a partial compilation of the Australian versions of After Hours and Diamantina Cocktail. Also noteworthy was that 3 songs, "Broke Again", "The Inner Light" and "Another Runway" were radically different mixes from the original Australian "After Hours" LP, remixed especially for the US market. In 1980 Capitol Records released the remaining tracks on a U.S. version of After Hours.[2]

The album was the band's breakthrough in the United States, reaching #49 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart in 1977 and containing two top 20 singles in "Help Is on Its Way" and "Happy Anniversary". The album was certified Gold in the U.S. by the R.I.A.A. in January 1978 for over 500,000 copies sold.

On 30 July 2010, the original Australian version of Diamantina Cocktail became available for download (in digitally remastered form) at the iTunes Store for the first time in the U.S. The U.S. versions of "Days on the Road" and "Take Me Home" were added as bonus tracks, and the cover art for both the original Australian LP and the American version was used ignoring the alternate sleeve used in the UK.

A "diamantina cocktail" is a drink invented in the area of the Diamantina River in Queensland, Australia. It consists of Bundaberg Rum, condensed milk and an emu egg.[3]


Additional musicians

Track listing[edit]

Australian version[edit]

Cover of the UK version of the album Diamantina Cocktail.
  1. "Help Is on Its Way" (Glenn Shorrock) - 4:06
  2. "The Drifter" (Graham Goble) - 3:53
  3. "L.A. in the Sunshine" (David Briggs, Shorrock) - 3:07
  4. "The Inner Light" (Goble) - 3:31
  5. "Witchery" (Beeb Birtles) - 2:48
  6. "Home on Monday" (Birtles, Shorrock) - 3:53
  7. "Happy Anniversary" (Birtles, Briggs) - 4:04
  8. "Raelene, Raelene" (Birtles) - 4:27
  9. "Changed and Different" (Goble) - 4:02
  10. "Days on the Road" (version 2) (Goble) - 5:24 (bonus track on 2010 remaster)
  11. "Take Me Home" (version 2) (Birtles) - 5:08 (bonus track on 2010 remaster)

International version[edit]

  1. "Help Is on Its Way" (Shorrock) - 4:06
  2. "Days on the Road" (Goble) - 4:54
  3. "Happy Anniversary" (Birtles, Briggs) - 4:04
  4. "Another Runway" (Birtles, Ric Formosa) - 6:33
  5. "Every Day of My Life" (Birtles) - 3:53
  6. "Home on Monday" (Birtles, Shorrock) - 3:53
  7. "The Inner Light" (Goble) - 3:31
  8. "Broke Again" (Birtles, Goble) - 3:27
  9. "Take Me Home" (Birtles) - 3:48


Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1977 Top LPs & Tapes 49

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "Help Is on Its Way" Hot 100 Singles 14
1978 "Happy Anniversary" Hot 100 Singles 16


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Diamantina Cocktail". lrb.net. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Diamantina". cocktailsoftheworld.com. Retrieved 31 May 2015.