Fully Unleashed: Live Gigs
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Any one learning rock/blues lead guitar needs to hear him play!When you listen to him play on these recordings you hear how he influenced many ,many players ,and all of them should stand and recognize this great American player.
I thought some of you Cactus fans might enjoy a scan of my ticket (see customer images) for the original Cactus' last performance in Memphis' Auditorium Music Hall (touted to be acoustically perfect) on December 19, 1971. It was a memorable night. In the days following the concert, we found out that the band had a "falling out" and that the lead guitar (Jim McCarthy) had quit and that the live album would not likely be released. In retrospect, there may have been a lot of tension on the stage that may have contributed to the intense energy of this Memphis performance.
Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs
Some of you with sharp eyes will probably question whether I really attended the concert since my ticket is obviously not torn in half. That segues into a rock concert almost-disaster story that I've never seen reported. My friends and I had just arrived home for our Christmas break during our first semester of college and were fired up about unwinding with a @#%$ kickin' rock concert. Cactus was just the band for the occasion. We got really good seats on the lower level about halfway back in the middle and were anxious to get in the Auditorium and get to rockin'. We arrived with the first wave of fans and were allowed into the foyer areas of the auditorium, but the doors into the Music Hall were barred, so we all stood and waited.......and waited..........and waited. Someone spread the word that since it was to be recorded for an album they were being very particular about their sound checks.Read more ›
Absolutely finest American Hard Rock.
Jim McCarty went on to play for Rockets from Detroit, and they issued couple of great albums, especially "No Ballads", but are impossible to find on a CD. I think Rhino should isssue their albums next. As far as I know only their Live album was issued on a CD (by Capitol) in a very limited quantity, about 12 years ago.
They had a huge hit with Peter Green's "Oh Well".
if you will. Who would have thought Cactus a band I have never even heard of, no hits , no air play, would totally blow me away! The Intensity that this band unleashes is unlike anything I ever heard. Legend has it that Cactus was so good that no one wanted to share the bill with them, in FEAR OF GETTING BLOWN AWAY! Now Don't get me wrong I love Cream they planted the seeds '66-'68 and well Hendrix was not from this world '67-'70, but as far as Zepplin is concern they had great moments but let me tell you THEY CAN'T EVEN HOLD A CANDLE NEXT TO THESE GUYS!!
I bought dozens of Zep bootlegs $20 to $40 bucks a pop and none of them compare to Fully Unleashed. The quality of these recordings are great and the performaces are outstanding. This is Raw, Gut Wrenching, Rock and Roll and Down and Dirty Boogie Woogie at its best! Let me tell you I'm listening to my cd right now "Big Mama Boogie part 2" Steam Rollin' Baby!! Trust Me If YOU LIKE BLUES/ROCK ALA HUMBLE PIE,SAVOY BROWN,MOUNTAIN,ZEPPLIN
get this. You never heard anything like it. Someone once said, "There are only two types of music: Good music and Bad music." If you love Cream, Hendrix, Mountain, etc. than you'd also consider this band "good music". I have to defend myself when it comes to my post from December '05 that you had an urge to comment on... First of all, let me say that I am a big Jack Bruce fan. I'm actually a bass player and recognize Jack Bruce as my favorite musician as well.Read more ›
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This is an excellent cd set, but is grossly overpriced. Do what I did. Buy it at the inflated price, copy it to cdr, and sell it on. Read morePublished on June 29, 2009 by Boetius
I'm a longtime Cactus fan, they are unique and will stay so, I used to have vinyl of One Way..Or Another, back in 1971, and now bought the Japan Mini LP 5CD box and got Fully... Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by Cheese and Chocolate
Having just purchased this album and, being a long time fan, I am quite satisfied with the collection. Some tunes are a bit over-drawn out; i.e. Read morePublished on February 16, 2008 by Kevin G.
If you love the Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream....then you'll love this compilation of some of the hardest hitting rock of all time. Read morePublished on January 10, 2008 by Woolybugger
Great live selections from the original lineup (and the live 'Ot & Sweaty' from the second lineup minus McCarty and Day). Read morePublished on October 12, 2007 by Randolph Von Dingleton
This is it...the best..the top of the heap..the gold standard by which heavy Blues-based rock is measured! If you consider yourself a rock fan..you need this cd. Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by Phil K
Outstanding live performance. Rhino captures Cactus at it's best. The quality of this recording puts you right in the auditorium with the band. Read morePublished on September 13, 2006 by Alex Alvino
I'm a huge fan of early 60's & 70's hard rock bands but the moron above (Magdalena E. Mendola "polish girl") that wrote "Now Don't get me wrong I love Cream they planted the seeds... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Allan L. Tribandis
I just paid an insane amount of moolah on Ebay for this, but make no mistake about it; THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!! Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by G. Griffin