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No Reins

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Face In The Crowd
  2. It's Just A Matter Of Time
  3. Time For Us
  4. No Reins On Me
  5. When The War Is Over
  6. Thin Ice
  7. How Many Nights?
  8. Forever Blue
  9. Paper Paradise
  10. It Was The Night
  11. St. Louis
  12. The Netherlands


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Way Records Inc
  • ASIN: B000002R1V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,884 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brett Simpson on September 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This, the third of 3 albums with John Farnham as lead vocalist almost reaches the heights achieved on 1978's superb "Sleeper Catcher". Unfortunately neither the album or it's single, "Time For Us" made any impression on the charts whatsoever.
The songs are uniformly strong, with band leader Graham Goble turning in some of his best tunes ever, particularly with "No Reins On Me" and the catchy "It's Just A Matter Of Time". New drummer Steve Prestwich hands them his classic Cold Chisel ballad "When The War Is Over" and Farnham nails it, making this easily the definitive version. Bassist/vocalist Wayne Nelson (Best known for handling lead vocals on the 1981 smash "The Night Owls") doesn't let the side down with his contributions ("Time For Us" and "Thin Ice") either.
Shortly after this album Farnham decamped to rekindle his solo career, which reached greater heights than ever in his native Australia. Original lead vocalist Glenn Shorrock returned to the fold for a couple of lacklustre albums making this the last great LRB album. If you only know the hits it may seem a departure from the familiar, but it will surely be a welcome one. Certainly if you are a fan of John Farnham this album should be in your collection - these are the best songs he's ever sung.
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Learning from the unsuccessful release of the 'Playing To Win' album, GRAEHAM GOBLE obviously pushed the band back to their soft-rock roots and consequently used more close harmony arrangements and commercially oriented songs. For that reason 'No Reins' became a very good LITTLE RIVER BAND album, which nobody knew at that time [hardcore fans excluded]. The 'New Romantic' wave had taken over to America and left guitar-oriented bands far behind, for more modern sounds using synthesizers and computers were asked by the audience. The missing success is truly deplorable, as No Reins contains some of LRB'S most beautiful recordings, for instance "Face In The Crowd", "Time For Us", "When The War Is Over" [which is a cover version of a COLD CHISEL recording from their 'Circus Animals' album, penned by new LRB drummer STEVEN PRESTWICH - but much more convicting in this LRB version] and "Forever Blue" [which became a delayed hit 1995 in the Netherlands].
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As a fellow customer wrote, John Farnham is one of the best vocalists out there. This unfortunately unsuccessful commercially album is one of their best, along with "The Net." Pick a song, it's great. "When the War Is Over," "No Reins," "Forever Blue," "It's A Matter of Time," it doesn't matter which one. They are simply fantastic, and this is a tremendous package! LRB fans, check out some of John's solo efforts. I recommend "Romeo's Heart," "Age of Reason," and "Whispering Jack," particularly. Even his early, early stuff like "Johnny Farnham" and "A John Farnham Christmas" are good for his fans. John obviously gave LRB its best lead vocalist, and it's a shame they're still not together!
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By David Gray on September 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a late comer to LRB music. I was quite impressed with this CD. The tight harmonies which they are known for did not disappoint. However, the melodies are some of the best ever from LRB. From 'No Reins' on. This was their last very good effort. It should have done better on the radio, but unfortunately at the time Duran Duran, Billy Idol and others were on. This gets better with age.
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By A Customer on November 18, 1998
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If you're already a Little River Band fan, this is a project you should not be without. John Farnham shows why he's one of the greatest vocalist of all time. All of the songs are great, but it's worth the investment just for the song, "When The War Is Over". I can promise, you will NOT be disappointed.
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"Reminiscing" about the Little River Band, I found my cassette copy of this CD and remembered listening to it ad nauseam when I bought it. After visiting some historical sites about the LRB, I realized it's place in the group's mythos. There were no Billboard Top 100 hits off this recording but yet it produced two of my personal favorites from the LBR. "Face In The Crowd" has always been a song I could play over and over, "Forever Blue" is a hauntingly beautiful ballad of missed opportunity. "Paper Paradise" and "Thin Ice" are solid Little River melodies, and the rest of the songs are all at least worthy of a listen now and then. Yes, it's the Glenn Shorrock vocals that created LBR's biggest commercial hits, but here John Farnham proves he's no slouch either!
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