Same (1981)

In 1980, this band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, made this unique eponymous album, taking up the winning formula of Southern rock (a singer playing rhythm guitar and two solo guitarists). The technical level is good and some influences are evident. The ball opens with "Mile to mile", a country-rock filled with good six-string solos and a harmonica intervention. "Living on the run" (with excellent guitar parts and a passage to the third) and "Hangin 'tree" (with Hispanic phrasing) recall the "Silverado" of the Marshall Tucker Band. With its syncopated rhythm and edgy guitars, "Long ol 'lonesome ride" is reminiscent of the Outlaws’ "I hope you do not mind". The country-rock "I'm comin 'home" also has an eye to the side of the Guitar Army (kind of "There goes another love song"). The Tulsa musicians also composed a superb ballad with a very melodic guitar solo and a beautiful piano line ("Carolina"). "The reason why" uses the same recipe but with a final of guitars on an accelerated tempo, thus respecting the Southern tradition. Listening to this disc wrung out of oblivion, we note a surprising thing: although recorded in 1980, this realization sounds like Southern rock of the seventies (general sound, battery not "boosted", slight saturation guitars). For a start, the Legend's guys were doing pretty well. Unfortunately for them, the period was no longer that kind of music and their effort was not successful.

Olivier Aubry

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