Thursday, March 29, 2007

Precious Metal & Uncut Gems

As promised, some more midweek goodies from the vaults of Bigfoot Manor for your enlightenment and edification.
Getting straight to it, here's a doozy for y'all : the unreleased at the time fourth album from Californian Hard Rock gods, Legs Diamond. This is "Uncut Diamond", recorded in 1979, intended as the follow up to "Firepower", but left gathering dust after their deal went up in smoke. It's a return to the harder edged style of "A Diamond Is A Hard Rock", after the poppier approach of the previous album. Had it been released at the time, who knows how the Legs Diamond story might have turned out? Like much of the music we post here, this is another one of those tragic tales of a great band that fell foul of fate but deserved so much better. Download it, rock out, cherish it like the gem it is.

LEGS DIAMOND - Uncut Diamond (1979) USA

Another act which deserved more attention were Georgia's Fortnox, a no-frills power trio, who left us one solitary album and then disappeared into the night never to return. Imagine the biker boogie noize of The Godz crossed with the blunt delivery of The Rods at their peak, but gleaming like polished chrome, courtesy of a slick production job from Chris Tsangriades, and you'll get an idea of the delights on this here platter. Check out the sublime six string work of axemeister Rick Fowler, a lost guitar hero for sure.

FORTNOX - Fortnox (1982) USA

Next, the highly prized sole release by Snow, a fantastic four piece Hard Rock/Metal combo who stalked the clubs & dives of the Sunset Strip as the '70's gave way to the '80's. Their 10'' self titled mini album appeared on the tiny independent Dynamo label in 1980, before a re release the following year on the equally minuscule Sass imprint. Despite the buzz surrounding them, it all went tits up for Snow & they split in late '81, with guitarist Carlos Cavazo reappearing in Quiet Riot shortly thereafter. His brother, Snow drummer Tony, became the man behind the kit for hair rock act Hurricane across a pair of well received late '80's albums. This is harder fayre than either of those acts, but with an ear for a good chorus, these young and hungry musicians knew how to kick ass. Expect to pay between $150 & $200 for an original, or get it here & now for nothing.

SNOW - Snow Mini LP (1980) USA

A couple more NWOBHM 7''s now to close the post.
Firstly, here's the sole release by Portsmouth's China Doll, again this is highly prized by collectors, which is surprising to me as this is definitely at the lighter end of the NWOBHM spectrum. Well crafted, well played songs with a real maturity, which lead me to suspect that this was a band who'd been around for a while before catching the NWOBHM wave. There's a definite '70's feel to the tracks and there's nothing at all wrong with that to my ears. Nice stuff from England's South Coast.

CHINA DOLL - Oysters & Wine (1980) UK

Lastly tonight, the tremendous JJs Powerhouse, and their "Running For The Line" 7" from 1983. I don't know too much about the band, although i believe their guitarist went on to join White Heat for their sole 7". The guitar player in question, JJ Cox, is the star of the show here, great stuff from the plank spanker all over these tracks.

JJs POWERHOUSE - Running For The Line (1983) UK

That's yer lot for now.
Remember, all feedback is most welcome, don't be shy.
More soon.


Blogger XANADU? said...

do yuo got fuse,reddy teddy and keep the dogs away by thor

Friday, March 30, 2007 7:18:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks for the Snow release! Loved Carlos Cavazo since I saw him with Quiet Riot in 1983!

Saturday, March 31, 2007 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Dolly Godfrey said...


Completely irrelevant to the music posted, but I hunted down the Bleak House patch I mentioned here a few months ago and found that it is actually a Clientelle patch (LOL). It must be my age.

I did find the ticket stub for Iron Maiden + Trust at Dunstable Queensway Hall in 1981, which I'd forgotten I'd kept.

Clientelle are mentioned in this month's Record Collector: their single and album fetch £120 each! I wish I'd spent £3.99 and bought one at the time.

Keep up the good work!

Saturday, March 31, 2007 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

You'll find the Fuse album over at Heavy Rock Spectacular blog, i got it a few weeks back from there & it's a really good little record.
Am unfamiliar with Ready Teddy, but am sure i have a Thor album somewhere, but i'll have to have a dig to see which one it is.
Patrick, glad you enjoyed the Snow Mini, it kicks some ass huh?
Dolly, i haven't forgotten & am still hunting for Clientelle, when i get it you will too.
Maiden & Trust live in '81? Roll on time travel! Was Nicko behind the drums for Trust at that time then?

Saturday, March 31, 2007 4:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Dolly Godfrey said...

I think he was. They were extremely good and I was gutted that I couldn't afford to see them when they toured a short while afterwards. L'Elite is still one of my favourite tracks.

Years later, Anthrax wheeled Bernie from Trust onstage to sing Antisocial at the Hammersmith Odeon. I couldn't believe my eyes or ears.

Saturday, March 31, 2007 6:35:00 PM  
Anonymous ogmonster said...

Thanks Bigfoot for the Legs Diamond-Uncut Diamond. I haven't been here in a while and was cool to see this gem. \m/

Saturday, March 31, 2007 7:33:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad you enjoyed the LD album ogmonster, it's an absolute stormer isn't it?
Dolly, thanks for your recollections, i love to hear tales from "back in the day", it helps add a little colour to the posts no?

Saturday, March 31, 2007 9:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the snow mini.
looking for this a long time.
finding at at nailuob.
keep it up !!!

Sunday, April 01, 2007 1:56:00 AM  
Blogger Alocacoc said...

Hi TT! Can't stop visiting this blog. A lot of rare stuff for sure!

'81 was a good year, definately. Not only did I see Trust at the Reading Festivel, with Nicko (I'm pretty sure), but Samson played that year too. With 'Bruce Bruce'. And standing a few feet at my right side, a focused Steve Harris watching Dickinson & Leatherhead's show carefully, only days/weeks before goin' official with the Maiden's new singer.
(I wish I was at Reading one year earlier though. A heap of unbelievable bands that year. But Samson, Trust, Rose Tattoo, Girlschool, Gillan & Billy Squier and others was cool too...) :))

Now, if only I could get my turntable up'n'goin', for ripping lots of my old vinyls. Still got quite some never seen shared on the net. Albums and singles. That'll be my summer project.

Until that happen, please visit my little blogsite:

Rock on! Keep up the AMAZINGLY good work!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007 6:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Many thanks for Legs Diamond - Uncut Diamond.

Keep up the good work with your great blog.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007 3:03:00 PM  
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Re: "Uncut Diamonds"

Wow, this is great, thanks for posting it! I figured these guys must have lost their way after the mistake that is most of "Firepower", but this is an absolute return to form. Too bad it never hit the shelves back in the day...

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