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Fully Unleashed: Live Gigs

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Details TBA. Rhino Handmade. 2004.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro/Long Tall Sally [#]
  2. Bag Drag [#]
  3. Evil [#]
  4. Parchman Farm [#]
  5. Alaska [#]
  6. Oleo [#]
  7. No Need to Worry [#]
  8. Let Me Swim [#]

Disc: 2

  1. Big Mama Boogie, Pts. 1-2 [#]
  2. Medley: Heeby Jeebies/Money/Hound Dog/What'd I Say [#]
  3. No Need to Worry
  4. Parchman Farm
  5. One Way...Or Another [#]
  6. Bro. Bill [#]
  7. Swim
  8. Bad Mother Boogie
  9. Our Lil Rock-N-Roll Thing
  10. Bedroom Mazurka [#]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • ASIN: B0002KQO80
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jim McCarty gives a tour de force performance as the driving force of this band.

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.
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Wow! Seeing that the tapes of the Memphis concert were finally released brings back some specific memories of that strange December night.
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.
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These guys were awesome. Too bad they didn't stay together for couple of more albums. Maybe not as good composers, but certainly as good, or better performers than Led Zeppelin.

Absolutely finest American Hard Rock.

Recommended 100%.

P.S.

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".
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How can you go wrong with the world's best rhythm section from Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert? And Jim McCarty on the gits from Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels? This is some great early 70's rock! Playin' some great covers of Little Richard, Ray Charles and other blues covers in their own rendition! This band had mucho energy!
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Cactus consisted actually of 2 bands under that name, originally with Rusty Day, vocals/harmonica, Jim McCarthy, leadguitar, Tim Bogert, bass and Carmine "Animal" Appice on drums, they recorded 3 classic studioalbums "Cactus", "one Way ... Or Another" and "Restrictions", afterwards (without Day/McCarthy but) with Peter French on vocals, Werner Fritzschings on guitar and Duane Hitchings on keyboards released the final "Ot 'n Sweaty", with only a handfull of new songs and a live side, captured here. Although renamed "Swim" and "Bad Mother Boogie" with credits to the new bandmembers this is actually a live rendition of "Let Me Swim" from the first album and "Big Mama Boogie - Parts 1 & 2" from the second. Those final 4 tracks are energetic and the organ adds up to it. The other performances are by the original band and for a great part taken from their final show in Memphis, just before the end of 1971. They played a few songs from the albums and went into long jams. "No Need to Worry" exceeds the 20 minutes. "Let Me Swim" and "Big Mama Boogie - Parts 1 & 2" are also extended versions with interludes. It takes a long time before the latter finally exploses. Two other cuts (both also on the first set) hail from the "Isle of Wight" festival and another two of Gilligan's in Buffalo, NY. The band showed what they were up to, having a good time with the audience and enjoyed playing. Not only were they able to deliver great rocksongs in the studio but they could do the same on stage. This 2 CD set showcases that and hands you a fine document of an often unjustfully forgotten, overlooked or underrated seventiesband who did not stand in the shadow of many other great acts but was just that on its own. In 2006 they emerged again with threequarters of the first hour bandmembers (Rusty Day is not longer among us) and released "V" whilst are performing again but the former glory can not return.
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I would travel to New York's small record shops in search of bootlegs of Cream, Zeppelin, Hendrix, to find that one show that defines these bands as legendary.A Musical "Holy Grail"
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.
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