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CactusAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Cactus Store

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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000PHW1XC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Parchman Farm
2. My Lady from South of Detroit
3. Bro. Bill
4. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover
5. Let Me Swim
6. No Need to Worry
7. Oleo
8. Feel So Good

Editorial Reviews

CD reissue of the classic 1970 debut by this super group featuring Vanilla Fudge's rhythm section (Tim Bogert on bass and Carmen Appice on drums), the Amboy Dukes' Rusty Day on vocals and Detroit Wheels guitarist Jim McCarty.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cactus - Blues Rock...... As It Was Meant To Be !!! March 12, 2005
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The first Cactus lp was released in 1970 not 1977 as listed in the brief paragraph just below the songs list above this review.
The band I have to say played some of the hardest blues rock ever.I have never heard anything that comes close to Jim McCarty's screaming single note runs and riffology....Tim Bogart playing a Telecaster bass like a guitar with booming tone you have to hear!Carmine Appice never played drums again as he played with Cactus very intense.Rusty Day ( Rest In Peace Brother ) was the perfect out front guy for this band ...his delivery suited Cactus perfectly and his manic harp playing was also jelled well with the overall Cactus vibe.If you were born after 1955 you most likely missed these guys...they cut 3 terrific Lp's and then the usual ego problems surfaced and they fell apart.The first lp "Cactus" the second lp "One Way Or Another" and finally "Restrictions" are all recommended....all are great listening and currently there is a guy from Russia on E-Bay selling copies of " One Way Or Another " and "Restrictions" I have purchased from him several cd's and copies are fine, made for the Russian market. I do wish to mention the following the album " Ot and Sweaty " now a cd is horrible!gone are Jim McCarty and Rusty their place are Pete French ( Great with "Atomic Rooster" not here though )and I forget the new guitarist and key board players names...If you do not wish to buy from E-Bay.... currently there are two limited edition releases from I believe " Collectors Choice Music " you will get you all you need from both " OWOA " and " Restrictions " tracks.Check here at Amazon they are both listed the Live set and the Anthology set "Anthology"is the one to get first. I have both the "Live Cactus " and the "Anthology" set and they are both highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This old album (released nearly thirty years ago) proves that Jim McCarty is the most over-looked blues guitarist of the post British Invasion peace-n-love era. I saw Cactus in Boston at the old Boston Tea Party in 1970 and I died the death! Eric Clapton, for shame! Cactus...the BEST blues band of that era.... maybe ever. All you long in the tooth hippies out there, buy this cd and remember those younger years. Peace!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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The editorial review has it wrong, but then again, is that a surprise? Axeman Jim McCarty remains under-known and under-appreciated despite yeoman work with Mitch Ryder, Buddy Miles, Cactus, The Rockets and many others.

THIS is the record that started it all...Vanilla Fudge rhythm section Bogert/Appice miss out on the supergroup with Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart and the world benefits greatly - Stewart creates magic with The Faces and Bogert/Appice grab Motor City monsters Jim McCarty and Rusty Day. This original version of Cactus releases three of the best hard rock records of any era, blow everyone off the stage and set the standard for incendiary boogie rock. "Parchman Farm" can flat out raise the dead.

The first three Cactus albums are no-brainer must-haves for any rock collection. Play loud and often.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cactus Rocked, Big Time June 24, 2003
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Although they never really made the big time, they were certainly capable of doing so, had they been able to resolve their differences. Jim McCarty was one Hell of a guitar player, still is, actually!! I remember the album rear cover saying "play loud". I did, and drove everyone in my house nuts! Great drums, bass, guitar and vocals, though i could do without most of the harp playing. I have always wanted to know: what's the deal with Rusty Day's hand on the back cover?? is it a fake appenditure? Some of my all time favorite rock tunes. Parchman Farm just kicked serious butt, Let Me Swim as well. The album doesn't really have a weak cut. The best years of hard rock were 67 to 73, in my opinion, and this band was one of the best. Never saw them live, i am sad to say...
Anyway, one of my all time favorite albums.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The old Cactus April 27, 2000
By gregg
Format:Audio CD
Haven't heard this in years. The playing is great , but I don't particularly like Rusty's singing and harp playing anymore now than I did in 1970. By the way, I believe the description by is a little inaccurate, as Jim McCarty of Cactus and Jim McCarty of the Yardbirds were not the same people. At the time the Yardbirds were together, this Jim McCarty, if I am not mistaken, was playing with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and is responsible for the scorching solos on "Devil in a Blue Dress."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Album March 2, 2004
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Saw these guys in a small bar outside Utica, NY in fall 1970, mainly because of the Vanilla Fudge connection of the Appice/Bogert rhythm section and also loving Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. My ears are still ringing today 34 years later because "Parchman Farm" has never been equaled in my view as one of the screamin' best guitar,bass and drum workouts of that era. Jim McCarty has never received the recognition that he deserves as a lead guitarist. Any up and coming guitarist of today should be required to listen to this album. Not a bad track on it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for more Cactus December 26, 2001
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Have enjoyed these guys for a long time. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who can help me replace a lost copy of "One Way or Another" which in my opinion was their hottest recordings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bluesrock guitar; deserved more success than it found
If you like bluesrock with blistering guitar riffs, then just get it. Glad I did.
Published 1 month ago by ReaderHal
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of blues drenched hyped-up rock n roll, ...
For fans of blues drenched hyped-up rock n roll, look no further than this overlooked 1969/70 classic powered by the legendary Jim McCarty ( Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels, DETROIT )... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dexndiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good and Loud, Headbanger Blues
When Vanilla Fudge broke up, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice formed Cactus. Jeff Beck was to be the lead guitarist, but an auto accident prevented him from taking the spot ( he would... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless album!
Mainly a blues rock them throughout the album though a variety of moods and tempo from slow, sorrowful blues to super fast rockin' blues. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Graeme Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Blues Rock
Okay, so they didn't become as famous as Free or sell as many records as Led Zeppelin. There's an also-ran category in rock that was every bit as good as the giant hit makers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by xsurfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cactus 1st Album!
Every song was a bomb shell. I remember purchasing this as a LP in the early 70"s, as well as seeing this HOT band perform these songs at THE BALTIMORE CIVIC CENTER to a packed... Read more
Published 17 months ago by rick hackett
5.0 out of 5 stars hard core boogie!
I was about 15 when this album came out. i still have a vinyl copy, and hearing it today its just as good, but i hear it differently. Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by murph
5.0 out of 5 stars CACTUS BY DEFAULT
Published on April 27, 2012 by tommyhighextreme
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this without listening first.
This was worse than your average garage band and the choice of music and recording quality was unacceptable. Read more
Published on October 26, 2011 by Paul A. Lunseth
4.0 out of 5 stars No need to worry.
Buy this album. "No Need To Worry" is probably one of the very
best blues songs ever made.
These guys really are the best band you never heard about.
Published on March 9, 2010 by Solzhenitsyn
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