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Little Caesar - 1990 Little Caesar

ARTIST: Little Caesar
ALBUM: Little Caesar
LABEL: Geffen
SERIAL: 9 24288-2
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Ron Young - vocals * Apache - guitars, steel guitar, vocals * Louren Molinare - guitar, vocals * Fidel Paniagua - bass, vocals * Tom Morris - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Down N Dirty * 02 Hard Times * 03 Chain Of Fools * 04 In Your Arms * 05 From The Start * 06 Rock N Roll State Of Mind * 07 Drive It Home * 08 Midtown * 09 Cajun Panther * 10 Wrong Side Of The Tracks * 11 I Wish It Would Rain * 12 Little Queenie


How does that saying go? 'Don't judge a book by its cover'. That certainly holds true for Little Caesar. If I hadn't heard this band before I'd seen them I probably wouldn't have given Little Caesar a second look. The appearance of the band conjures up thoughts of Motorhead style metal or sleaze rock, rather than the impressive soulful hard rock that emanates from this 1990 release.

The Songs
American Soul music, R & B, the Rolling Stones and .38 Special appear to have had the greatest effect on these rough-and-ready looking rockers. I'm not sure if the use of Bob Rock on production was a contributing factor but Little Caesar also had a slickness and polish that would match the chrome on their Harley's. In Ron Young they had a fabulous singer, someone who could give it mean and nasty on 'Down'N'Dirty', 'Hard Times' and 'Rock 'N' Roll State of Mind' and then back it up with the brilliant soul drenched ballad 'In Your Arms' and the cover of 'I Wish It Would Rain'. The other cover version, 'Chain of Fools', gets the Little Caesar rock-it-up treatment and leaves the original in its dust.

In Summary
While Little Caesar definitely triumphed with this album, backing up such a good debut is always difficult and that was unfortunately the case here. Even bringing in Earl Slick on guitar couldn't save their second album 'Influence' from being rather disappointing. Stick with the debut and you won't find a better example of heartfelt American hard rock'n'roll.

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#1 | rostoned on August 03 2008 16:37:50
Good album highlighted by a top production by Bob Rock and a fantastic voice by Ron Young. Then it all went pear shaped for them...
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