Many decades ago when personal computers were just hitting the market, I bought ten Apple Macintosh computers for my new word processing company in College Station, Texas. I had owned an Apple III and was happy with it. Unfortunately, all ten Macintoshes were lemons, and Apple refused to fix them. So I simply returned them, got all my money back, and moved on to the PC world. I never looked back, and to this day, nothing Apple has done has encouraged me to give them another try.
There is one area, however, that Apple seems to be doing something that I do appreciate, and that’s in the realm of music.
When George Harrison died in 2001, very few of his albums were available on CD, certainly not as digital downloads. Now all of them are, courtesy of iTunes.
Little River Band is another group that I have been waiting for their early work to be issued digitally, and finally it has been, again courtesy of iTunes.
As I look around today I noticed that there are a lot of groups remastering and re-releasing early work specifically for iTunes. Once the masses get it, of course, it shows up on YouTube, and from there one can make a playlist. Once it’s available on YouTube, it tends to become available elsewhere, such as Spotify, Grooveshark, Rhapsody, and Amazon. Thus, today, I added Little River Band’s first three albums—”Little River Band,” “After Hours,” and “Diamantina Cocktail”—to my music collection.
The second song on their eponymous first album is titled “Curiosity (Killed The Cat).” You just know I have to share a song about cats, even if curiosity killed the poor feline.
“Curiosity (Killed The Cat)” was Little River Band’s first single, released in November 1975 and peaking at #12 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. The single made no impact in the United States. In fact, it would be another eleven months before Little River Band hit the American Top 40 with “It’s A Long Way There.”
The single version of “It’s A Long Way There” came in at 4:17 whereas the album version was a whopping 8:39. Here’s the album version:
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