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4.0 out of 5 stars Great acoustic r&b, 17 Dec 2007
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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At last, Repertoire (currently the best reissue label, in my opinion) have made all three Legend albums available, leaving this, their debut, until last. It's good to see one of the band, Chris East, reviewing it. Oddly, Mickey Jupp, the only constant in the line-up, and sole songwriter, doesn't think it works. I can't see why he thinks that. Imagine an r&b band who decide to go unplugged. The result is an earthy delight and Jupp's songs have all the qualities of his later work: articulate lyrics (Elvis Costello with all the wit but a lot more grace and humour), a rocking blues sensibility that recalls Dave Edmunds at times, and some lovely melodies, especially on the gentle 'City' and 'Heather On The Hill.' Legend also make good use of backing and harmony vocals, giving songs an extra tension. Jupp adds bluesy piano to some tracks too. 'Tombstone' is reminiscent of The Byrds doing Chris Hillman's country rockers, while 'Doncaster By Pass' adds a touch of humour to the blues.

As the original LP weighs in at just short of half an hour, both mono and stereo versions of it are included. There are also five bonus tracks, however, including the marvellous electric rocker, 'Georgia George.' One wonders, listening to this, whether the album would have been even better in electric form. After this, the band broke up, Jupp recruiting a different trio for their second album, also called 'Legend' (aka 'Red Boot') which is generally felt to be their best. Even so, this and their last, 'Moonshine' are also fine collections. It's a pity so few people are aware of this music.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not legends, but they deserved to be, 30 Dec 2005
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've been waiting a long time to pounce on the three Legend albums, having been familiar with them through a compilation released by Stiff in the late 1970s. The leader of this quartet was Mickey Jupp, one of the finest British R&B songwriters. He's been covered by Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, The Searchers and Gary Brooker and been backed on record by some of these musicians as a solo artist. This 1971 album is probably Legend's best and consists of vibrant three-minute songs that lean more towards uptempo music rather than blues. Even so, there is a healthy cross-section of styles here that displays Jupp's versatility as a writer.
The delicious guitar that opens "Cross Country" hooks you from the first and this song is one of Legend's best and most representative. "Cheque Book" is leaner and incisive. It's no surprise that Dr Feelgood covered it on their classic debut album, "Down By The Jetty". Jupp's wonderful sense of humour is evident on the more rock 'n' roll "My Typewriter" which, like most of the songs, employs some solid harmony vocals. This is followed by the aching romance of "Five Years" which benefits from a beautiful melody. Though these are my chosen highlights, the songs and recordings are solid throughout and you may have different favourites.
Even the four bonuses at the end are of high quality, being singles recordings of the same period. "Life" is notable for having been a hit abroad, though it doesn't stand out particularly here. Thank you, Repertoire, for giving this album the release it deserves. Now, can we have the other two Legend albums as well?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reason for leaving Southend, 2 Dec 2007
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Chris East (Lake District, England) - See all my reviews
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This album is uncluttered, simple and, for Mick and I at least,led to us living in the Lake District near Foxfield Junction where you can see the Heather on the Hill every year. It's simply played, simply produced and inspired the new album, Never too old to Rock, some 40 years later. Good listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Careful, 23 Jun 2011
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Be careful: this is not the Vertigo Legend album the picture of the cover shows. This is the first acoustic Legend album recorded for Bell in 1969. It's not bad, but not that one (and not that good). Anyway Mickey Jupp has been one of the finest british songwriters, at least for a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy, 28 Dec 2009
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Holden (Val d'Oise, France) - See all my reviews
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I'm very happy ! I only owned vinyl LPs of Mickey Jupp but couldn't play them anymore.
All the songs are very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legend alright, 20 Sep 2013
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Many years ago I worked with fella who swore his cousin was the drummer in t.rex ,his stage name was now bill legend and it was the name of his previous band, checked it out and was I glad I did, t. Rex not my cup of tea but legend with the legend mr jupp are, another join in the dots is tony visconti was producer for this album and t,Rex's best output. Was never going to sell in the early 70s but hope the band get a couple of coppers 40 odd years on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real masterpiece, 27 July 2013
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All is splendid and so pure: the lyrics, the emotions delivered by a magnificent vocalist, the delicate but also very often nervous pulsion adequately provided by the backing instruments. This first offer is to be placed in the same pantheon of quality as A salty dog of Procol or Forms anf feeelings by Dave and Love Sculpture. Indeed, this was later intronized as "creative pub rock" but it is much more than just a stand in rock gardens, to my ears , it brings vibrations as strong as the first and second album by Link Wray on Polydor (Link Wray, Be what you want to).
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5.0 out of 5 stars FLAWLESS! DELIGHTED WITH MY PURCHASE - GR8 VALUE - PROMPT DELIVERY - 5 STAR!!, 25 Aug 2014
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FLAWLESS! DELIGHTED WITH MY PURCHASE - GR8 VALUE - PROMPT DELIVERY - 5 STAR!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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Excellent customer service.
Product received as described.
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