Little River Band (album)

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Little River Band
Studio album by Little River Band
Released November 1975 (AUS)
September 1976 (USA)
Studio Armstrong's Studios, Melbourne
Genre Rock
Length 45:07
Label EMI, Capitol
Little River Band chronology
Little River Band
After Hours
Singles from Little River Band
  1. "Curiosity (Killed the Cat)"
    Released: 22 September 1975
  2. "Emma"
    Released: 5 January 1976
  3. "It's a Long Way There"
    Released: 15 November 1976
  4. "I'll Always Call Your Name"
    Released: January 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Little River Band is the first album by the Australian rock group Little River Band which was released by EMI in November 1975. It peaked at No. 12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. The band's first single, "Curiosity (Killed the Cat)", was released in September ahead of the album and peaked at No. 15 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart. The following single, "Emma", appeared in January 1976 and peaked at No. 20. In May, the band released "Everyday of My Life" together with its album, After Hours.

In September, the group left on their first international tour with support dates to Queen in London; then toured the rest of Europe. Next they toured the US as support to the Average White Band. The third single from Little River Band — a trimmed version of "It's a Long Way There" — was released in November and reached the Australian Top 40. To coincide with the tour, the album was released internationally and reached No. 80 in the United States on the Billboard 200 album chart in 1976. "It's a Long Way There" became the band's first US Top 40 hit. It also charted in Netherlands to reach No. 14.[2] The next single, "I'll Always Call Your Name", also charted in the US but had no chart success in Australia.[3][4]

On 30 July 2010, the album became available for download (in digitally remastered form) at the iTunes Store.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Little River Band members as shown.[5]

  1. "It's a Long Way There" (Graeham Goble) – 8:39
  2. "Curiosity (Killed the Cat)" (Beeb Birtles) – 3:40
  3. "Meanwhile ..." (Glenn Shorrock) – 3:35
  4. "My Lady & Me" (Goble) – 5:45
  5. "I'll Always Call Your Name" (Birtles) – 4:48
  6. "Emma" (Shorrock) – 3:35
  7. "The Man in Black" (Shorrock) – 5:06
  8. "Statue of Liberty" (Shorrock) – 3:28
  9. "I Know It" (Goble) – 3:21


Cover of the original Australian version of the album Little River Band. Clockwise, from left: Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock, Graeham Goble, Derek Pellicci, Ric Formosa, Roger McLachlan.

Little River Band members

Additional musicians

  • Stephen Cooney – clavinet (track 2), mandolin (track 9)
  • Gary Hyde – percussion
  • Peter Jones – strings (arrangement, conductor), piano (tracks 1–5, 7–9)
  • Col Laughnan – saxophone (track 8)
  • Ian Mason – piano (track 6)

Production details



Year Chart Position
1975 Kent Music Report (Australia) Albums[3] 12
1976 Billboard (United States) Pop Albums[6] 80


Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Curiosity (Killed the Cat)" Kent Music Report (Australia) Singles[3] 15
"Emma" 20
1976 "It's a Long Way There" 35
GfK (Netherlands) Top 40 Singles[2] 14
Billboard (United States) Hot 100 Singles[4] 28
"I'll Always Call Your Name" 62


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Discografie Little River Band". Gfk Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 May 2010.  Note: Information in Dutch.
  3. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book Ltd. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Used for Australian Singles and Albums charting from 1974 until ARIA created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974.
  4. ^ a b "Little River Band > Charts & Albums > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 30 May 2010.  Note: requires user to enter song title, e.g. It's a Long Way There
  6. ^ "Little River Band > Charts & Albums > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 May 2010.