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I was there!

I used to work for Legs Diamond. If you read the liner notes on the first 3 albums you'll see a thank you to "Motorcity Willie". That would be me.
And let me tell you, I was their biggest fan.

After working as his roadie for a year or so, I moved from Detroit to LA with guitarist Roger Romeo in 1975. Within a year he was offered the LD lead guitar position, and not long after went into the studio with them to record the first album after signing with Mercury Records. I was there for every rehearsal, every club gig, and every session and saw all the songs grow from rough ideas into finished product. I loved every minute regardless to how little money I was making as the one consistant roadie from 76 through 1980. About a year after this album was released, bassest Michael Diamond left the band and not long after I did the same, getting an offer to work for the Swiss band Krokus in 1981.
But to finally get to the point, an older record producer (who lived behind Michael Prince as I remember, I don't recall his name) was hired to produce this album. A real "Howard Hughs" in his later years type guy. This was a very bad move in my opinion. Even at the time I thought the guy was a bit dodgy. And he did an awful job producing this record. Why they used him is beyond me. I think he may have been a big shot many years before and the band thought he'd do a good job. He did not.
This was after Mercury Records had dropped the band and I think the producer may have had some record company contacts? Regardless, I think he had a hand in getting the band signed with a small independant record company, Cream Records.
The band did have some good songs, but once he got his hands on them it all got kinda muffled and sloppy in the edit room. And I think he might be the reason the band covered "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' which again in my opinion at the time (as well as now) was that it was way too soft for these guys. Not to mention Hall & Oates covering it (and releasing it as their new single) at the same time!
The album opener-Underworld King is an excellent song. When they used to do it live, it blew your head off. But on this record, it has no balls whatsoever.
Try and imagine this album with great production. Most of the songs are good, but they could have been great!
At least the album art is top notch.

Ok, I'll shut up now LOL.
Motorcity Willie.

Great album

Bought this vinyl yesterday for 2 dls at the record shop, it is great.

Biography

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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