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Album Review

Legs Diamond's second album, and second of 1977, A Diamond Is a Hard Rock, polished many rough edges off of their eponymous debut's inconsistent songwriting, but it did nothing to assuage the band's raging bout of musical split-personality disorder; a virtually unparalleled case in the annals of rock history that saw half their songs confined to frugal hard rock, while the other half drove over the cliff of scholarly, progressive rock indulgence. Yes, future generations are still trying to figure this out, and the album's first half, in particular, is the virtual definition of schizophrenia. First comes the title track's fist-pumping attack (topped with lyrics that break some kind of record for stating the obvious); then it's the dragging-nearly-stalling pace but cool strut of the organ-laced "Waiting"; followed by one of the Legs Diamond's catchiest, most powerful numbers ever in "Long Shot" (synthetic Farfisa solo and all); and finally there's the protracted first half of "Woman," which ultimately develops into the band's own "Stairway to Heaven" (so to speak) and became a regional hit in several markets. In other words, all of the preceding tunes are really quite good-to-great, and it's just the emotional yo-yo of their sequencing that makes it impossible for them to establish a serious momentum. Side two flows a little easier, and boasts additional career highlights, ranging from the irrepressible tandem of "I Think I Got It" and "High School Queen," to the sensual, sauntering "Evil," which even gets away with the odd flute while borrowing heavily from Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull. Needless to say, it was anything but a smooth ride from start to finish, but the high standards displayed by most of these songs helped A Diamond Is a Hard Rock stand out as perhaps the best album of Legs Diamond's career, pound for pound.

Customer Reviews

A Diamond is a Hard Rock

Listen when I was 16 I played this album daily. In the late seventies it did not get much better then this. I always loved this keyboard sound and the melodic rock it creates. If you're a Black Sabbath kind of person it's probably not for you. If you enjoy good melodic hard rock you will enjoy this album.


This is really good song. I have not heard the rest of the album yet, but if WOMAN is any indication, it is probably a pretty darn good album.

A Diamond is a Hard Rock is Great Stuff

This was a great record to wind down to. It had hard, albeit, sometimes trite music and it had the melodic stuff your girl friend could get into. I too loved this when I was 16 and listening it today recaptures a mood very few records can. Because this was a "regional" hit, it's never been overplayed.
I recommend this to fans of 70's rock. If you've never heard this consider yourself lucky. You have new 70's era rock to listen to.


Formed: 1975

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Legs Diamond was an obscure hard rock/heavy metal band from the late '70s. Founding members Michael Diamond (bass) and Jeff Poole (drums) were originally from the San Francisco area, but it wasn't until the duo relocated to Los Angeles that they found the missing pieces to the puzzle -- singer Rick Sanford, guitarist Roger Romeo, and keyboard player/guitarist Mike Prince -- resulting in a recording contract with Mercury. 1977 saw a pair of releases, a self-titled debut and A Diamond Is a Hard Rock,...
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