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The Definitive Collection features 'It's A Long Way There', 'Curiosity Killed The Cat', 'Playing To Win' and many more hits. Capitol. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00007B4E3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2005
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The Little River Band were a hugely successful Australian band that had a string of infectious Top 10 hits in the late seventies and early eighties. But this so-called DEFINITIVE COLLECTION (which was released two years ago in Europe!) doesn't warrant replacing 2000's 18-track GREATEST HITS.

Consider this: GREATEST HITS included all thirteen of the band's Top 40 U.S. hits; DEFINITIVE COLLECTION omits their final U.S. hit "You're Driving Me Out of My Mind" (No. 35, 1983). GREATEST HITS includes all three Hot 100 hits that failed to crack the Top 40--"I'll Always Call Your Name" (No. 62, 1977), "It's Not a Wonder" (No. 51, 1980), and "Playing To Win" (No. 60, 1985); DEFINITIVE COLLECTION only includes "Playing To Win."

Of course, these are minor complaints, and both compilations hit all the highlights; but I'm going to stick with GREATEST HITS as the more complete collection.
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I'll throw away that Greatest Hits album that I bought at Las Vegas last year and pick up this one!!!!!! This is more comprehensive and tells you more about the band than past albums! All the hits they had from 1975 to 1983 are on here as well as some minor post-'83 songs that didn't chart high. They were one of the best bands of the late '70s with an emphasis on well structured songs. Some people say that they sounded mellow, but they rocked hard to me! They even gave the already popular Eagles a run for their money. I still love Reminiscing, Lonesome Loser, Take It Easy On Me, the funky Man on Your Mind,the R&B sounding Happy Anniversary, the similar songs of Lady and Cool Change, and the underrated We Two--this band had an endless string of hits for about 5 to 6 years straight until they had run out of steam. It's good to hear that they still perform despite band member changes and conflicts. This is a good introduction to today's audiences of how huge this band was in the '70s with this compilation. An Australian band with this American-based sound that's still unbelievable to this day.
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This album is great--all the hits are here including the long awaited long version of It's A Long Way There (Remastered with that great guitar solo) This will make everyone happy including Richard Thompson,the reviewer from Texas (6/24/05) The set includes a lot of great songs, all remastered. But, if you are a Little River Band fan like me and saw them in concert many times in the sixties-seventies-you probably like all their songs and demand a Box Set!!!! Lets hope one is going to come up soon for these guys deserve a box set of all their songs with unreleased material,too.
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Played through Quicktime (flat, no iTunes enhancements) by hitting spacebar on aiff files copied from The Definitive Collection CD to my 2010 Mac Mini desktop and listening on Sony MDR V6 headphones compared to the aiff files of the original 12 song ICON Greatest Hits CD I also bought on Amazon.

The DC version sound is more detailed and nuanced by bringing forward the lead vocals and removing the murky portion of the lower register of male vocals some mistaken for softness. This murky sound is similar to someone slightly covering a clip on mic when turning their head when speaking which is on the ICON version. It's a dead zone that colors the sound acoustically speaking. The DC version sounds cleaner and crisper with noticeably fuller and slightly louder kick drum and bass.

This is the kind of clean sound that can be cranked up on the cheapest systems and especially in car audio with poor acoustics. What happens is there is a non-linear behavior with volume increase where male vocals (mid range) becomes too harsh and crispy where a simple 3-band EQ Hi can be lowered enough to soften these overly crisp highs without clouding the mid range detail (snare drum hits/room echo). The beefed up bottom end will gain on most of these types of systems where it can be reduced just enough to retain some of the male lower register and still have separation in sound detail and be loud and clear with no clipping.

You can hear the difference in nuanced detail on "Down On The Border" where the male vocal singing "living their life like a millionaire" 45 seconds in sounds as if he has a cold or stopped up sinuses. The ICON version hides this detail in the murky dead zone.
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At last we finally get the "Long" version of "It's A long Way There". I must admit it was worth the wait. I always thought the single version was missing a few things. I was right. The only downside is that you get the single version of "Playing to Win" as to where the 2000 collection has the album cut. Oh well you cant be too picky as the album overall is damn good.I must admit that I would have combined the tracks from this and the 2000 "Greatest Hits" Collection. Now that would have been a "definitive collection". All in all this is a fantastic compilation for longtime fans and newcomers alike.
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Now that there is another greatest hits compilation of the Little River Band, what everybody really wants to know is: Is the version of "It's a Long Way There" the full-length original album version (9 plus minutes) or the standard single edit that is around 4 1/2 minutes. This is a big selling point for those who have been searching for the longer version in a "remastered" mordern format. To those people that have already purchased this disc, Please let all of us know, so we can decide if this is a must-by addition to our collections. Thank-you
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