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Legs Diamond - 1979 Firepower

ARTIST: Legs Diamond
ALBUM: Firepower
LABEL: Cream Records
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 2000, Zoom Club (UK), ZCRCD45


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

TRACK LISTING: 01 Underworld King * 02 More Than Meets The Eye * 03 You've Lost That Loving Feeling * 04 Remember My Name * 05 Chicago * 06 Midnight Lady * 07 Help Wanted * 08 Come With Me * 09 Tragedy * 10 Man At The Top


The third album in the first phase of Legs Diamond's recording career was 1979's 'Firepower'. By this stage of their history, the band had put themselves offside with their original label Mercury/Polygram, and had been picked up by indie label Cream Records. It was a case of label not having a clue how to work with the band, and the band themselves being totally disillusioned with their progress. It's common knowledge that the Diamond boys were not happy with the final result, but for posterity's sake, there are a few moments worth looking at.

The Songs
Opener 'Underworld King' is a fan favourite and appeared on LD's live setlist for many years later. The hypnotic synths on this one still sound great when listening to this. Their cover of The Righteous Brothers 'You've Lost That Loving Feeling' found favor with many, though for me, a cover song on this album was at the expense of one of their own songs. Much better is the emotional 'Remember My Name', which juices out raw emotion and power on a bed of organ and acoustic guitar. Lovely stuff. Reverting to a barroom boogie sound is 'Chicago', while 'Midnight Lady' swaps over to a raucous blues laced rocker with a bit of slide guitar a la Foghat towards the end of the track. Another of the moody semi rockers is 'Come With Me', with Mike Prince again leading the way with some keyboard magic added for colour. 'Tragedy' is a laid back affair, perhaps not unlike what fellow rockers Angel were trying to achieve at the same stage of their career. Finishing with 'Man At The Top', this one is perhaps the pompiest affair on offer, with a load of keyboards, stinging guitars and of course, Rick Sanford is in fine form!

In Summary
Despite the ignorance of label, media and the general public, 'Firepower' still had a few great moments to prevent it from being a total whitewash. This was the only album that Legs Diamond released for Cream. The feedback from the band toward the label was unflattering in the least, and by years end the band were on their own. 1980 saw a slew of material, which was posthumously released 19 years later as the album 'Uncut Diamond'. You can read more about their history during this timeframe in that review (see below Tags).

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#1 | reyno-roxx on May 20 2008 08:03:44
There are striking similarities between 'Underworld King' and 'I Want To Be King' on The Hunt's self-titled debut album of 1977 vintage. As both bands had something of a following in San Antonio and The Hunt got a great deal of airplay on local radio in SA at the time, I wonder if some of the musical seeds for 'Underworld King' were influenced by The Hunt track?
#2 | richardb on June 13 2008 09:32:56
An under-rated album. I think their cover version of that old chestnut and karaoke fave(!) 'You've lost that lovin' feelin' is superb.

Richard B
#3 | DEMONAOR on July 10 2008 06:53:27
Good album
#4 | sabace on July 02 2012 11:30:36
the first legs lp I bought - underword king mt fave legs track!
#5 | super80boy on July 26 2015 16:52:41
Although Fire Power was a change of course in an attempt to appeal to the more mainstream buyers, it's still a quality album with exception of that dude of a cover on Side One. Great songs, 'Underworld King', 'More Than Meets The Eye', 'Come With Me', 'Tragedy' and closer 'Man At The Top'.
#6 | dude24 on April 08 2016 17:43:17
The first two albums were classic. This album was a disappointment. Remember.. and Underworld.. are quality tracks.
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