May 6, 2012

Re-post: Legs Diamond - Legs Diamond (1977)

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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, and although they supported both albums with arena tours opening for such major rock acts as Styx, Ted Nugent, and Kiss, neither failed to dent the charts. Read more
1. It's Not The Music
2. Stage Fright
3. Satin Peacock
4. Rock And Roll Man
5. Deadly Dancer
6. Rat Race
7. Can't Find Love
Bonus track:
8. Come With Me

Band members:
Rick Sanford - vocals, percussion, flute
Michael Diamond - bass
Roger Romeo - lead guitar
Mike Prince - keyboards, rhythm guitar
Jeff Poole - drums, percussion


1 comment:

adamus67 said...

Legs Diamond is an American hard rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in early 1975. Their first official recording was an early version of "Rat Race", which appeared on an unsigned artist compilation album entitled "L.A. Soundtrack '76", which was sponsored by K-WEST radio. They became quite popular on the L.A. club circuit, and opened for Kiss in 1976, before they had even signed a recording contract. The band then signed a recording contract with Mercury Records on November 9th, 1976. They opened for on the "Rock & Roll Over" tour before their debut release had even hit the store racks. Their first album "Legs Diamond" featured their popular classic track, "Stage Fright"was released by Mercury in early 1977.. The second album, A Diamond Is A Hard Rock, quickly followed, and the band toured fiercely in support of the two albums, which were released in 1977. Even though the band's music sold well with fans, Mercury did little to support Legs Diamond, and the band was dropped by the label shortly after. Both of these albums were reissued on CD in 2000 by Zoom Club Records, a U.K. based label.
In 1978, Legs Diamond signed to Cream Records, and released their third album, Fire Power. But once again, the band faced a lack of promotion from their label, and the album quickly faded away and I don't understand that they never made it big.
In the 37 years since the band formed, they have released 10 albums on 7 different record labels: Mercury, Cream, Target, Metal Blade, Diamond, Music For Nations, and now ZOOM Records. They have showcased their live skills on national tours with bands like Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Styx, Riot, Alice Cooper and Rush. They are apparently still active although I don't think they plan on recording any new material. The band's drummer Jonathan Valen was actually with Judas Priest on their Turbo tour. He had to join them for the first three weeks of the tour to show the band and crew how to operate the new drum kit they wanted to use.
The world is full of kings and queens
who blind your eyes and steal your dreams
it's Heaven and Hell
Alex,Thanks for the share!