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Readers who can remember the 1970s music scene will revel in what this album can evoke as well as shake.

Retro Classic Rock revivalists General Stratocuster And The Marshals features current Tygers Of Pan Tang vocalist Jacopo 'Jack' Meille as Jack Marshal on vocals and guitar, in demand session player Fabio Fabbri as General Stratocuster on lead guitar and backing vocals, Italian-American Richard Ursillo (ex 1970s Prog Outfit Sensation Fix) as Lefty Marshal on bass and backing vocals, Alexander 'Nuto' Nutini as Alex Marshal on drums and Frederick Pacini as Marshal Fred on piano and organ.

Formed in Florence in January 2010 they've now been around for four years playing their brand of 1970s inspired Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin flavoured Rock 'n' Roll and with their debut album having already generated a buzz, particularly in Italy where they regularly gig, this sophomore effort is sure to grant them wider appeal as it's already being hailed as a significant release.

There's less of a Stones influence on 'Double Trouble'; the melancholic, slightly Psychedelic meanderings of 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' allowing Meille to indulge his inner Robert Plant, the Zeppelin and Deep Purple leanings allied with the cool ambiance of 'Drifter' segue into 'Cute Evil Angel' and it's this kind of vintage Rock 'n' Roll, with Honky-Tonk piano in the background coupled with the twin lead guitar attack, that allows GS to stretch their metaphorical legs.

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There's plenty of stripped back numbers such as the title track with its sassy bass and a nagging guitar refrain along with a little bit of sax thrown in, or the jangly electric acoustic and electric piano that are featured on 'What Are You Looking For' with a nod to Chris Rea's fuzz tone guitar sound but not forgetting the Hammond organ and a sweet solo.

Even Southern Rock gets a look in with 'Alone' which has a lovely harmonica and acoustic accompaniment throughout with a gentle beat and an electric star spangled solo that just conjures up an open-top drive from South Carolina to Arizona. 'I Just Got Scared' is yet another mellow acoustic, Hammond flavoured and reflective song that allows Meille to give a superb expressive vocal performance, whilst I like the latter day Beatles vibe mixed with Zeppelin on the gentle acoustic 'Time'.

But again, the band really gets those 1970s juices flowing when they let rip on 'Push To The Limit' a hard Rock 'n' Roller with more than a nod to Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll'. Readers who can remember the 1970s music scene will revel in what this album can evoke as well as shake. As for me... I'll be digging out my flares [frightening image – Ed] and cranking up the volume – you heard it here first!

Carl Buxton

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