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Album Review

America was no fit place for young, hard rock bands trying to make a name for themselves during the second half of the '70s — what with the general populace being hopelessly spellbound to the strobe lights reflecting off of disco's dazzling mirror ball. Sure, established groups like Kiss and Aerosmith were still making do (or shamelessly selling out to the enemy), but the going was tough for up-and-comers on both coasts — e.g. New York's Starz and Riot, and California's Y&T, Quiet Riot, and the soon-to-break-out Van Halen. Often forgotten alongside this left coast bunch was Los Angeles' own Legs Diamond, who were fittingly described, years later, as "the best undiscovered band in America," but nevertheless managed to eke out a deal with Mercury Records in 1976, and delivered this eponymous debut early the next year. Right away, one can tell why Legs Diamond stood slightly apart from their loud, brash, groupie-devouring Sunset Strip colleagues, as their own songs were comparatively sleek, restrained, and marked by a penchant for '70s progressive rock, to boot (of course groupies were still quite welcome). The latter certainly explains the surprisingly sedate stroll and proggy organs draped across album opener "It's Not the Music," which duly gives right of way to the comparatively unadorned "Stage Fright" to step things up a notch with its blend of Starz toughness and Mott the Hoople-style glam-boogie. But it's the album's even more urgent third cut, "Satin Peacock" (think early Riot), that really struts the band's hardest-rocking tendencies, which are later revisited with almost as much gusto on "Deadly Dancer" and "Come with Me." Amid these tracks, though, Legs Diamond continue to indulge their progressive rock streak with oftentimes confusing musical hybrids; and yet guilty parties like "Rock and Roll Man," "Rat Race" (which sounds like Montrose colliding with Yes), and "Can't Find Love" generally still justify their various caprices...well, maybe not the flute heard on the former. If nothing else, all of this stylistic variety was rarely boring, and even though Legs Diamond's songwriting still needed some work if it was going to grab listeners by the throat instead of tickle their brains, this eponymous debut represented a pretty respectable start for the group.

Customer Reviews

Can't Find Love

This is one of my favorite albums from my mis-spent youth. I remember crankin-it-up in my buddies 1976 Celica through a pair of Pioneer speakers and a Supertuner. The sound was MIGHTY! I enjoy it now as much as then. Great to find it here on itunes!

STILL LOVE IT TODAY

Legs Diamond never reached super stardom level with the likes of Nugent, Aerosmith, Kiss, and Alice Cooper, but they provided some of the best music during the 70's and 80's. This is their first release and it is in my cd rotation quite often. The most notable number is Stage Fright that has a great guitar hook and was a staple at live shows. This cd is a good introduction of a band that with a few breaks and better timing might have made it big time.

Dated

This got a 2 star rating because there are only 2 good songs. All the keyboards sound like they were taken from a bad Styx song (every song by Styx is bad). If your lookin for some good rock in the 70's long hair, bell bottoms, and shirts unbuttoned to the naval tradition, try The Godz "Nothin is Sacred." With that said, "Stage Fright" is a great tune.

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...
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