Friends and Legends

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Friends and Legends
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Studio album by Michael Stanley
ReleasedNovember 1973
ProducerBill Szymczyk
Michael Stanley chronology
Michael Stanley
Friends and Legends
You Break It, You Bought it
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Friends and Legends was the second solo album from Michael Stanley. The album title refers to the backing musicians accompanying Stanley on the album, which was recorded at Applewood Studios in Golden, Colorado. The basic band on all tracks was Barnstorm, composed of Joe Walsh on lead guitar and synthesizer, Joe Vitale on drums, flute, synthesizer and backing vocals, and Kenny Passarelli on bass. In addition, three members of Stephen Stills' Manassas performed: Paul Harris on keyboards, Joe Lala on percussion and Al Perkins on pedal steel guitar, and the band also included saxophonist David Sanborn. Among the backing vocalists were Richie Furay and Dan Fogelberg. In keeping with the collaborative spirit, J. Geils assisted with production of the saxophone tracks.

Although the album produced one of Stanley's most popular songs, "Let's Get the Show on the Road", and led to a headline spot for Stanley (backed by Barnstorm) on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, it made little impact on the charts, partially because Stanley's all-star band was unable to tour behind it. After this, Stanley decided to form his own band, which was named The Michael Stanley Band, so that touring would no longer be a problem.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Michael Stanley except where indicated

  1. "Among My Friends Again"
  2. "Help!" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  3. "Yours for a Song"
  4. "Let's Get the Show on the Road"
  5. "Just Keep Playing Your Radio"
  6. "Roll On"
  7. "Bad Habits"
  8. "Funky Is the Drummer" (Stanley, Walsh, Harris, Vitale, Passarelli, Bigby, Lawson)
  9. "Poets' Day"