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Little Caesar/Brutally Honest… Live From Holland(2016)

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You got hand it to Little Caesar Folks!  Not only do they put out a warts n all  21 Song Double Live  album recorded in Holland but when I preorderd this bad boy on iTunes the cost of the album was $4.99!

Good on The Caesars for keeping the price real low and it seems to me they just want people to hear there brand of street rock. (A lot and I mean a lot of rock acts could take a page out  of L.C’s playbook and charge a little less for music)

Ron Young(vocals) who has been the leader of the band since I first came across there Bob Rock produced debut back in 1990 still has that real cool rock rasp that cuts across real good Live!

Actually the whole band that night is on fire! Tom Morris(drums) Fidel Paniagua(bass) Loren Molinare(guitar) and Joey Malone(guitar) These cats play like a Runaway Locomotive clipping at over 120mph on or off the tracks! Take your pick!

Pretty awesome that this album is as Ron says ‘Live’ I will and can tell you that the mix on this album is  superberb!  The guitars especially sound deadly! One guitar on the left side. The other guitar on the right side with vocals,drums and bass in the center! Crisp and Clean my friends….

If you have read my stuff for a while now in some of my other reviews you will have read that I  say you have  to respect a band nowadays as they take there craft seriously when they’re performing live especially when your 25 plus years into it. Little Caesar is another one of the bands like Helix  who are still doing  what there doing but taking the gig and the music serious! Full Kudos ….

The setlist has a real good flow to it beginning with Supersonic smashing  right into Rock N Roll State Of Mind. Hard Times is one of my favs from the debut! Driving verse’s catchy chorus with Ron singing ‘All They Want Is Cash’. The songs are real catchy and whats neat is the bass guitar drives a lot of these tunes underneath the ripping guitars and smashing drums. Down And Dirty has a old school AC/DC vibe with the guitars leading the charge and I also need to mention how good the backing vocals are as well. Remember  what I said earlier  about taking your craft seriously!

The Caesar Boys even toss in a little run of Cover Songs notably Chain Of Fools  is  real cool on how the guitars drive the song during the verses only to lay off at the chorus and Ron and the backing vocals take over. Classic comes to mind..Also the mashup of Every Picture Tells A Story/Happy works as well as L.C play these tunes like the originals but put there own spin of Street Rock on it.

2016 and  L.C are still at it and are currently on tour as I post this. What also must be noted is that Pharaoh is now playing bass with the Caesar. Pharaoh played bass with The  Four Horsemen back in the mid 90s along with Ron who was fronting The Horsemen as original singer Frank Starr was in coma(RIP) due to a motorcycle accident. For those that are wondering Yup I seen the Horsemen here when they levelled  the Inntowner(bar) to a rubble  and it’s been documented here at Stick it In Your Ear!

Anyhoo …..for some straight good Ol fashioned street rock n rollin check out Live From Holland!

01. Supersonic
02. Rock ’n’ Roll State of Mind
03. Hard Times
04. Hard Rock Hell
05. Tastes Good to Me
06. Down ’N’ Dirty
07. I Wish It Would Rain
08. American Dream
09. Real Rock Drive
10. Redemption
11. Prisoner of Love
12. Wrong Side of the Tracks
13. Crushed Velvet
14. Rum And Coke
15. Chain Of Fools
16. Every Picture Tells A Story/Happy
17. Dirty Water
18. Sick And Tired
19. Drive It Home
20. In Your Arms
21. Down to the Wire

ZZ Top/La Futura(2012)

 

2012 and the big boys all released good albums that year! The Cult(Choice Of Weapon) Van Halen(A Different Kind Of Truth) KISS(Monster) Rush (Clockwork Angels) even my Fanboy band growing up Coney Hatch (Four) cranked an album out  to name but a few…

One album that I  preordered from iTunes that year was ZZ Top and there Rick Rubin produced  Sleazy Style Taco Of Rock that was titled La Futura.

Too be perfectly honest with you all out there I wasn’t expecting much from these guys as I fell by the wayside with there last few studio releases(I think the album titled XXX was my last actual purchase of the Tops) but took the chance and for $9.99 it was a chance worth taking..

By golly I’m glad I did! Holy Frigg …what a wicked slab of fuzz out distorted guitars,live sounding drums,pulsating Simple Simon bass lines,lead vocals that are greasy….

Welcome Back ZZ Top!

Cast Of Characters-Billy  Gibbons(Lead Vocals) Dusty Hill (Bass) and Frank Beard(drums)

Seriously dump some gas into the Eliminator and lets full throttle it to The Planet Of Woman! Yee Haw!

I Gosta Get Paid is a real good leadoff track! Billy G with his fuzzed/distorted guitar tone! Dusty showing up to jam on bass and Stache on the drums to fill out the sound. This track kicks a ZZ album off like it’s supposed to! Love the big ass power chords Gibbons drops throughout the chorus. Cool use of production by Rubin as I dig  how the drums sound mixed with a  ton of percussion! The video I posted is classic ZZ! Rockin Roberts my buddy will drool like a fool! Bottom line a ZZ classic!

From there the Mexican Burrito is sliced and diced sonically into the second track which is Chartreuse  which picks up some steam as Beard channels his best Bun E Carlos (Cheap Trick) and plays a quickie like tempo as Dusty tries to keep up and Billy as always takes the charge! This song sounds simple but man its friggin good! Dig the added percussion during Gibbons solo and even Beard gets in the mix with a smash a Roo with the cymbals at one point.

Consumption is a down n dirty heavy bass sounding tune and ZZ proves you can go real heavy at a slower clip as long as you got Gibbons who actually is a real good lead singer! Everyone talks about his guitar playing but not his singing! Part of the guitar solo Billy rips some slide and the drums are sounding heavy and it’s just ZZ stripped down to a 3 piece as the ZZ Synth must have been accidentally unplugged in the studio that day!

And like a few ZZ Top albums in years gone by a slower drip of Texas style Blues as its time for Over You. Pretty good tune and at this juncture of the album I’m good with it! Billy sings with ache in his voice as well as you can hear the pain in his playing! Wowzers getting deep here (Ha!)

Heartache In Blue picks up steam! Some nice jam out ZZ Rock with a ton of harmonica added to the sonics makes this tune a real great piece of Ear Candy. Love the ZZ Greasy Feelof this tune also along with Dusty providing some backing vocals! “Chang Chang…It’s Just A Thang” sings Billy and Yup couldn’t agree with you more there!

I Don’t Want To Lose Lose You is another great ZZ Rocker! Love the slick guitar tone by Professor Gibbons! The verses are rock solid as they lead right into the more rock solid pre chorus. Of course Billy/Dusty and Stache just keep the Tequila flowing and the amps cranked up!

So the first time I head Flyin High the opening riff is right out of the School Of AC/DC! What a killer track! Stache and his drums lay down a Phil Rudd like groove and man oh man Flyin High is that! Once the track rockets into the chorus it takes it to the land of Gold! How about I post the video track! If this is first time hearing it. Welcome aboard and crank this towards the end of the album Gem!

It’s Too Easy Mañana  This is another non jet fuelled ZZ song. Gibbons man the guy drips real cool on the 6 string.  Stache and the drums also play at real chill beat.

Big Shiny Nine! Great song and the boys lower the top down and play a straight ahead rock track. You want some fuzzed out rock guitar look no further. Beard/Hill and Gibbons lower the boom into the Greasy Sleazy ZZ Pit….

Have A Little Mercy gotta love the ZZ end of the album Greasey tune. This tune slips n slides as Billy and Dusty sing the album out. Love the sound of this album big time! it’s not overproduced and it’s not all glossed up the ying yang. ZZ sleazes off into the sunset with tequila and cactus in hand! Friggin Greeeeeeat!

Buy this…NUFF said!