Monday, February 26, 2007


No messing about tonight, time is of the essence, and i've got loads of good stuff for you to enjoy. So, without further ado, we'll begin with a couple of great albums by the much underrated Legs Diamond. If you're only familiar with their rather insipid '80's output, do yourself a favour and check out these, their first two albums, both from 1977. If you enjoyed the Starz stuff that was recently to be found 'round these parts, you're sure to find plenty to enjoy between this pair of Legs. (Ooh-Err!) Great songs, great guitars, great vocals, hell, there's even some great flute in places, but don't let that put you off.

LEGS DIAMOND - Legs Diamond (1977) USA

LEGS DIAMOND - A Diamond Is A Hard Rock (1977) USA

Up next, the 3rd & final album from Nitzinger, "Live Better Electrically", from 1976. This one crept out without anyone noticing a couple of years after the band who made the first 2 classic Nitzinger LPs split. Still well worth hearing, this one is less blues-based than it's predecessors, more straight forward, more Hard Rockin'. As much as i miss the more subtle nuances of those earlier records, this is still chock full of great songwriting and great guitar playing. Also, as this is the cd reissue from a few years back, you get eight (!) bonus tracks too!

NITZINGER - Live Better Electrically (1976) USA

Now, as promised, some rare gems from the great and good of the NWOBHM.
First up, some nice prog-influenced heavy metal from Golgotha. This is their "Dangerous Games" EP from 1984, their sole release at the time, although i'm told that the guitarist released a couple of symphonic prog albums as a one man band under the Golgotha name in the early '90's.

GOLGOTHA - Dangerous Games EP (1984) UK

Some weird new wave influenced rockin' next, this is Triarchy's 1st 7" from 1979, the highly regarded "Save The Khan". They managed a couple more 7''s, but never really broke through, a pity, as they sound like an interesting band. Anyone got any of their other stuff?

TRIARCHY - Save The Khan 7'' (1979) USA

A classic NWOBHM one off single now, the essential "Suicide" 7'' by Cynic. Uptempo metal with great guitars, how they didn't become a household name (perhaps the pitiful name was to blame?), is one of lifes great injustices. This should be amongst the "no-brainer" picks for any self respecting NWOBHM compilers. I read somewhere htey're back together again too, if they can come up with a few more songs as good as these, they're in with a shout!

CYNIC - Suicide 7" (1983) UK

From the Future Earth label, which i believe was based in Mansfield and also brought us Limelight, this is another one off 7" release, this time the band in question are the little known Factory, who treat us to a tidy version of "You Are The Music...", as originally performed by Trapeze in the early '70's. Rumour has it that this might actually be Limelight in disguise, i'm not convinced personally. Nice version, although the vinyl's seen better days, check out the title of that odd b-side too.

FACTORY - You Are The Music... 7" (1982) UK

Finally tonight, here's some excellent doomy Heavy Metal from California's Child Saint. A two track EP? Yep. Check it, it'll cave your skull in. In a good way obviously! This was their sole release from 1988, cherish it, you'll never see one in real life, and even if you do, it'll be out of your price range. Enjoy.

CHILD SAINT - I Am Future 12" (1988) USA

That's it for now you lucky people, go get 'em. More soon.


Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Thank you sir for Nitzinger definately try some off your other picks.

Monday, February 26, 2007 7:26:00 PM  
Anonymous rowdies1 said...

Thanks for all of the great music that your providing!

Monday, February 26, 2007 8:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now if only someone could post the Anvil Chorus demo for which I've been searching for years ... :D

Great blog.

Monday, February 26, 2007 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legs Diamond + Nitzinger: excellent!!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Mettle H said...

I have a TRIARCHY CD which includes both singles. A track from the 1995 reformation and four other 1980-1983 tracks. I also have the ANVIL CHORUS demo and an unreleased LP from 1983. If anybody would like access to these e mail me -

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 1:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Tim Batkin said...

Drummer for Cynic here. We are just completing an album of Cynic stuff, (including Suicide 2006 version), recorded at Rockfield Recording Studio, (RUSH Queen Black Sabbath), with Matt Butler engineer, (RUSH, Mick Jagger, Pink Floyd etc). Should be available soon. You can hear our other stuff from time to time on

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:34:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Tim, thank you for the info, i'm sure anyone who has downloaded the "Suicide" single from here will, like myself, be dying to hear the outcome of these sessions.
Thank you for the pleasure your music has given me over the years, and best wishes to you with the new recordings, perhaps you'll finally get some of the long overdue success and credit your band deserves.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:09:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad you all seem to be enjoying the latest posts so much, who knew that there were so many folks out there who still remembered Nitzinger & Legs Diamond?
mettle h, if you feel like contributing please feel free. You can contribute by either posting links in the comments section which i'll then move to the main page or by e-mailing them to Bryon for him to repost.
There seem to be a lot of like-minded people visiting here just now, who want to share their love of quality music and aren't too hung up on genre tags.
That's what we're all about, bringing you that which didn't get the fair shake it deserved back in the day, which still holds up in the here & now.
Lots more to come!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Tim Batkin said...

Hey Bigfootkit,

Thanks for the comments. If you drop me an e-mail to I will send over an MP3 of Suicide 2006 from the Rockfield reference mix. It has not got the vocals on or mixed - but it sounds huge, and faithful to the nwobhm.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 3:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Graddie said...

Hey bigfoot , I know its not your forum ,but you post alot of great stuff their . Whats happened to dr jimmy forum I can never get on anymore .Are you having or have you heard about this problem thanks

Sunday, March 04, 2007 8:52:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Hi Graddie, i was having trouble getting onto Dr J's last night and can't get on at all today.
I remember something like this happening once before, so hopefully its a temporary glitch.
Hopefully things'll be back to normal soon.

Monday, March 05, 2007 3:10:00 PM  
Anonymous graddie said...

Thanks for the reply Bigfoot , and for your music too !

Monday, March 05, 2007 8:27:00 PM  
Anonymous maca said...

Hi Bigfoot and Graddie,
If you read this Dr Jimmy's forum is up and running on a new server. You will have to re-register,I have
done so. A few have been asking about Bigfoot. The web address below, lok forward to seeing you there


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