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Little Caesar: Redemption

Back. And in an umistakanly rock’n’roll state of mind.

For their first album in 12 years, four- fifths of the original line-up

Then, as now, they swagger like the Stones and rock like the ’DC – with a soulful interlude never more than a heartbeat away.

This time rather than Aretha Franklin’s Chain Of Fools, it’s the title-track on which singer par excellence Ron Young busts a bluesy gut to prove that this band are sweat-and-blisters real.

Among some other self- penned corkers is a first-rate segue of Rod Stewart’s Every Picture Tells A Story/Keef’s Happy, and a brilliant boogie through Joni Mitchell’s Woodstock. Respect is due.

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush. Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.