EMI Music Group Australia will release a Little River Band documentary DVD: "It's A Long Way There" that will feature footage from Glenn Shorrock's personal 8mm home movie collection, origin of the band as well as a complete Little River Band concert shooted in 1978 at the Sydney Opera House in front of 100,000 people.
The Little River Band’s classic line up featuring Glenn Shorrock (vocals), Beeb Birtles (guitar), Graham Goble (guitar), David Briggs (guitar), Derek Pellicci (drums) and George McArdle (bass) will be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2004 ARIA Awards on October 17. To coincide with this event, they announce the release "It's A Long Way There" on DVD.
As the first Australian band to break the American market in the late 1970s, Little River Band remain one of the most successful Australian musical acts of all time. With over 30 million album sales worldwide, Little River Band have cemented their place in Australian rock and pop history.
In this all new documentary, their story is told from the early days in Adelaide and London through to their stunning international success and multiple lineup changes. Featuring brand new interview footage with key founding members Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock and Graham Goble along with famed bass player George McArdle, it includes discussions about many of their biggest hits, and never before seen footage from Glenn Shorrock's personal 8mm home movie collection.
Also included is a full concert, filmed in 1978 on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, capturing the band at the height of their powers performing to over 100,000 people.
The legendary Little River Band has sold over thirty million records and stand as one of the most successful rock acts Australia has ever produced. Prior to the success of AC/DC, Air Supply, Men At Work and INXS, the Little River Band paved the way as Australia's most successful international rock band, the first Australian-based band to crack it overseas.
Evolving out of the groups Mississippi and Zoot, Graham Goble (guitar), Beeb Birtles (guitar) and Derek Pellicci (drums) met with Glenn Shorrock (vocals) and Masters' Apprentices bassist Glenn Wheatley (manager) in London in late 1974. The group decided to return to Australia and meet in Melbourne in early 1975.
Named after a signpost on the road from Melbourne to Geelong, and with the addition of Ric Formosa (guitar) and Rodger McLachlan (bass), the band was drawn to the US west-coast harmony and guitar sound as their major influence. Within an eight month period they had three top 20 singles and two top 10 albums. Formosa and McLachlan left the band and were replaced by David Briggs and George McArdle.
Little River Band were soon aiming high for the overseas market, and by the end of 1976 had enjoyed their first appearance in the US charts. Their third album "Diamantina Cocktail" went gold in the US in 1977, the first time an Australian band had achieved this.
They followed this with another hugely successful album in 1978, "Sleeper Catcher".
In 1981, Graham Goble received the very first BMI Million-Air award presented to an Australian writer for Reminiscing (by 2001, that award had expanded to the extraordinarily rare Four Million Air Citation, the highest achievement for any Australian song ever).
Little River Band "It's A Long Way There" DVD documentary will feature:
1. It's A Long Way There (Menu Audio Loop) - 4:00
2. It's A Long Way There (Documentary) - 91:32
3. Sydney Opera House, 1978 (Concert) - 44:25
4. Bonus Material (Galleries, Commercials & More) - DVD