Little Caesar

Name Your Poison

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Originally an independent release, this debut helped Little Caesar ignite a rather large buzz around Southern California during the peak of commercial metal's popularity. Powerful and melodic, Name Your Poison inspired an old-fashioned bidding war for the group that was won by then-powerhouse Geffen Records. After signing with Geffen, Little Caesar released two recordings that were generally ignored, so, in many ways, Name Your Poison represents a kind of zenith for the blues-rock quintet of Ron Young (vocals), Louren Molinare (guitar), Apache (guitar), Fidel Paniagua (bass), and Tom Morris (drums). Musically, Name Your Poison isn't much different from the rest of the group's catalog. Young's soulful vocals are well-defined and certainly the main selling point for the band. The material is above average by late-'80s hard rock standards, but as this form of bluesy hard rock had already been done by many superior '70s artists like Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, Name Your Poison just doesn't stand up after the passage of time.

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