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Legs Diamond - 1977 A Diamond Is A Hard Rock

ARTIST: Legs Diamond
ALBUM: A Diamond Is A Hard Rock
LABEL: Mercury
SERIAL: SRM-1-1191
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2000, Zoom Club (UK)


LINEUP: Rick Sanford - vocals * Roger Romeo - guitars * Michael Diamond - bass * Mike Prince - keyboards, guitars * Jeff Poole - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Diamond Is A Hard Rock * 02 Waiting * 03 Long Shot * 04 Woman * 05 Jailbait * 06 I Think I Got It * 07 Evil * 08 Live A Little * 09 Flying Too High


Originally from San Francisco and taking their handle from an infamous gangster. Legs Diamond moved shop to Los Angeles, and consequently became the rage on the local club circuit, apparently opening up for Kiss in 1976, before inking a deal, which was to come with Mercury Records. Their debut was a typical seventies hard rock album, invoking the best bits of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. This review focuses on their second album 'A Diamond Is A Hard Rock', released the same year as their debut (1977), perhaps their best album, containing a great selection of moody intense rock ballads as well as the normal rock anthems.

The Songs
The production from Eddie Leonetti was a tight affair, giving the band a platform to work from. You can hear this from the outset with the title track 'A Diamond Is A Hard Rock', where the chorus is anthemic, while the lead guitar gets some room to spread out on the solo. 'Waiting' is a slow crunching effort. 'Long Shot' is a great punchy track, punctuated with organ and guitar runs. The album's supreme moment is 'Woman', a power ballad which still sounds great today. 'Jailbait' is another intense rocker with it's successor 'I Think I Got It' quickening the pace to headbangin' speed. Ouch my forehead! 'Live A Little' is another quickfire bullet ending up with 'Flyin' Too High' literally spiralling off the vinyl platter in a blaze of Legs Diamond induced musical madness.

In Summary
Even though they toured with the likes of Ted Nugent, Styx and Kiss, Mercury Records saw fit to drop them not long after. However, the album has since been reissued on CD in 2000 by Zoom Club Records, a U.K. based label. The band themselves, still continue on, though with differing lineups - their last album being 2005's 'Diamonds Are Forever'.

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#1 | rkbluez on December 29 2009 18:39:58
Great heavy pomp band from the 70' vocals and rock hard rockin' tunes...this was their 2nd best album IMO not far behind the classic debut...if you were into bands like Moxy, UFO, Angel, Starz and Yesterday and Today this fit right in to the mix nicely...great stuff from the hey day of hard rock music.

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