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.