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Cactus

The plan was for the Vanilla Fudge rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice to join with guitar god Jeff Beck and his singer Rod Stewart in a supergroup of sorts. The plan was derailed when Beck had a motorcycle accident that incapacitated him for 18 months. Stewart then joined pal Ron Wood in the revamped Faces (and pursued a somewhat lucrative solo career), leaving Bogert and Appice to find alternates for their dream band. They recruited guitarist Jim McCarty from Mitch Ryder's disassembling Detroit Wheels, and singer Rusty Day from Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes. One can only wonder what might have been.

What was, was Cactus, a generic boogie band that never got beyond opening-act status and never sold many records. The band's first album, Cactus, was OK, with a speed-demon version of Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm," but their music never amounted to anything more than the formulaic on subsequent releases. The band had a short life. After Cactus' dissolution in 1972, Bogert and Appice finally joined with Beck to form Beck, Bogert & Appice. However, that group's one release showed very little magic, and BB&A lasted little more than a year. ~ Jim Newsom
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ultra Sonic Boogie: Live 1971

1. Evil

2. The Band Introductions

3. Bro. Bill

4. Oleo

5. No Need To Worry

6. Token Chokin'

7. Big Mama Boogie, Pt. 1

8. Big Mama Boogie, Pt. 2

9. Outro

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Track List: Music [Cd +Dvd Combo]

Disc 1

1. Doing Time

2. Muscle & Soul

3. Cactus Music

4. The Groover

5. High In The City

6. Day For Night

7. Living For Today

8. Shine

9. Electric Blue

10. Your Brother's Keeper

11. Blues For Mr. Day (Instrumental)

12. Part Of The Game

13. Gone Traine Gone

14. Jazzed (Instrumental)

Disc 2
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Track List: Cactology: The Cactus Collection

1. Evil

2. Parchman Farm

3. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover

4. One Way ... Or Another

5. Alaska

6. Long Tall Sally

7. Let Me Swim

8. Bro. Bill

9. Rock 'n' Roll Children

10. Song For Aries

11. Restrictions

12. Oleo

13. Feel So Good

14. Rumblin' Man

15. Bad Stuff

16. Parchman Farm (Live)

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I have all the original albums becausr i grew up on cactus...my father played and was friends with carmine back in late 60's
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Jesus, talk about your hostile bios. Ignore this putz, Cactus was great.
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Still see McCarty all the time in Detroit..the guy stills kicks a**
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Someone really didn't like this band that much.
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I wish Cactus was generic... Please give me 50 other bands that sounds exactly like them. Thank you.
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mot576
WTF is up with this excuse for a bio?
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milosdad
Really weak bio.
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milosdad
Saw these guys open for Rare Earth in 1974. Damn! I'm old!
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where,s the one way or another album
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The bio above is terrible. BB&A showed little magic? Jim Newsom must be trolling! Or he's dumb.
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Cactus freaging rocked the house! Come on .. The 60 hard rock bands could not touch theses guys. I saw vanilla fudge open for Jimi Hendrix in 1967. Took some LSD and hitchhiked during a school night to Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium. Standing room only tickets were just a dollar 75. I walked in sat down in the seat and I was never asked to move. 22 years later. I found myself married to a music store owner in Grass Valley California call Foggy Mtn. Music. We went to the NAMA convention in ora
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This was the first album I bought when I was 15. Now Im sixty and still Rock to this. RIP Rusty.
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Cactus was BADASS! I listened to them as well as Vanilla Fudge back in the day.
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Oh God! Mmmmmm!
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O yea humble pie
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OK rush
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bluespwr101- H o w about Three Man Army?
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atlantavirtu a l
What is up with that biographer? That guy doesn't know what he's talking about! Cactus was much more than a generic boogie band. Does that guy even know what band he's reviewing? This is Cactus, man...not some band playing at your high school dance!
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bluespwr101
Cactus set the bar! I challenge you to name me another trio, which they basically were (Guitar, bass, drums and front) who had as good of harmonies, and a rhythm section that tight.
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undertakervn v m c
trying to find their album one way or another on CD can only find it in some foreign country for a buttload of money. Heard it in 1971 b4 I went to Viet Nam. best album ever. these guys were waaay underated.
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The first concert I ever went to was Rio who opened for Beck, Bogart & Appice. Great show !!!
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suthun757
By the way aladdinlamp1 1 8 . . . . R u s t y was shot and killed over a bad coke deal in Florida in like '82 or some sh!t.
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suthun757
Whoever wrote this bio obviously doesn't know jack about good music.
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aladdinlamp1 1 8
What ever happened to Rusty Day, He had a great voice and harp that fit perfectly in Cactus, He was replaced in 72 by some English guy that was no where near as good
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It being obvious that I have s**t stains in my boxer shorts older than the reviewer. That being said, Just raw, raunchy blues....C'm o n man, really? I feel less for painted faces and electronic lights and synthetic bullshit than these dudes getting up there and putting on a better show than most they opened for. No fuzzboxes, no distortions, just musical talent. If you didnt get off on cactus, it was because you were dead.
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cardoman563
Cactus was one of the best rock n roll bands back in the day, jim mcarthy tore it up on guitar, and old timmy bogart was bad-a**..... . a n d u cant forget old carmine banging away on skins......
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The first Cactus Album was OK??? He throws 'em a bone. The man is a total idiot.
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rwmg5
I saw what was one of the greatest shows ever at the Fillmore East. Chick bad Dada followed by our boys Cactus. Humble Pie headlined. Amazing show. Hard to say Cactus stole the show as HP killed it. But Cactus was very underrated. Too bad Rusty Day kicked it
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The second one is Cactus V from 2006.
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The first Cactus album is a classic. And as others have said, it needs to be played loud. They were a raw, rocking, no nonsense band.
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robertcook85 3 4 5
They Rocked reviewer must have heard 2 minutes of New Cactus Band and that's it. Shame he tried to scare people off.
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Saw them a allot in KC while they were opening acts, these boys could jam with some of the best of them in their hayday!! That's for sure!!!
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jmore1231
Tim bogart is the best boogie bassest from the old school 60'sand70s.. . m y imsaration to play bass guitar...cac t u s ROCK HEAVY....!
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These guys are way over looked by all fm stations. Cactus is bad a** and still are one the best blues boogie bands ever.
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cblaw5
Their music never amounted to anything more than the formulaic... This is a phrase that music critics use (and I see it all the time) when they a) have never heard more than 30 seconds of a band's music, and b) have a deadline and c) use total sales of a recording as their sole aesthetic criteria. Musically, it's completely absurd to throw away a band of incredible players like Cactus, while worshiping the Sabbaths and Zeppelins, solely because of commercial success.
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This review was written by someone who obviously has never sat down and listened to the album One Way or Another on a nice stereo with a good buzz on... I saw Cactus back in '70-'71backi n g up Black Sabbath, and believe me, they did more than hold their own! One of my favorite early 70's bands!
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jm7456
WHILE EVERYBODY WAS BUSY WITH ZEPPELIN(god bless 'em!)
cactus was throwin down the some mean,heavy,b l u e s y groove rock!
LONG LIVE CACTUS....an d CARMINE YOU ARE A GOD>>THANK YOU!

and to the people...the m old cactus records,all four studio albums,have be re-released on cd recently...o r d e r e d my thru bestbuy
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lukeczapla
Wow. Apparently any moron can review music these days. Cactus rules!
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The first concert I ever went to had these guys and steve miller 1970 tampa fl.
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barryapter
This dude is an idiot. I saw them back in the day and they blew the doors off. Jim McCarty is bad a**, and still has his chops.
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one of the best early blues bands / first album isgreat
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the reviewer must of been on a bad acid trip saying cactus was only soso they rocked
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Are you kidding me, Cactus was great. Have some respect for the late Mr Day.
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Cactus played some shows a few years back. I saw them at BB Kings in New York. Werner Fritszching was guitaris on some of those gigs. Werner was with Cactus after McCarty left to chase his demons. McCarty got most of the credit for Cactus but toured and recorded with them on 'ot & Nasty. Werner's understated career publically does not reflect the respect that professional s and True Guitar fans have for his amazing work over the years. If you can find it look for the Band: Blue House at RandRw
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tarheel0254
Their first album much more than OK. Saw these guys in the summer of 1970.Deep Purple opened up. They couldn't have been all that bad. But, oh yea, donnyboy has never heard of DP so they must suck too.
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under appreciated early 70's bad asses
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Sorry Don..saw these guys back in the day...they rocked the baltimore CC...they came out loud and proud and stole the show for me...agree BBC never made it ..tried to get into it...but nada
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donnyboy8519
The gentleman who wrote this review obviously knows what he is talking about. Cactus sucks so bad that even Jeff Beck wanted them as his rhythm section & everybody knows Jeff Beck stinks, oh wait, that's right Jeff Beck is one of the most respected guitar players in 21st Centry. That's weird. So if Jeff Beck doesn't suck, then.....
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Still amazing!
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They were a great band. Saw them live in Phoenix back in the day, and they kicked butt! Better than the band they opened for; can't even remember who it was because Cactus stole the show! Great band.
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