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Cactology: The Cactus Collection

Cactology: The Cactus Collection

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by Cactus
Cactology is the definitive collection of music from one of the most underrated and overlooked hard rock bands of the '70s. From the opening notes of Howlin' Wolf's "Evil" (cast by Cactus as a Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin-type monster riff sludge


Cactology is the definitive collection of music from one of the most underrated and overlooked hard rock bands of the '70s. From the opening notes of Howlin' Wolf's "Evil" (cast by Cactus as a Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin-type monster riff sludge rocker), the listener is swept into a dark world of beer-swilling, testosterone-fueled stud boogie. On the CD's second track, the band gives Mose Allison's lightly swinging jazz/blues classic "Parchman Farm" a hyper-speed freight train treatment that shames even the Who's thunderous Live at Leeds version of Allison's "Young Man." All the while, bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice (both of whom are better-known for their work with Vanilla Fudge and Jeff Beck) add a thunderous, chops-heavy bottom end. This rhythm section is perhaps the most distinctive element of the Cactus sound, a kind of missing link between Cream's Jack Bruce/Ginger Baker tandem and the virtuoso grooves of Rush's Geddy Lee and Neil Peart. Although Cactus never had an actual hit song, Cactology includes all of the band's best-known recorded moments as well as two previously unreleased tracks. The first of the these is the gem, a reworked version of fuzz guitar pioneer Link Wray's "Rumble," entitled "Rumblin' Man." This track must rank among the heaviest music ever recorded prior to the advent of Metallica. A slow, steamroller-like goliath of a song, "Rumblin' Man" sounds like the upset digestive tract of some evil giant. Although this disc makes clear that Cactus lacked the songwriting skills to ever reach a mainstream Top 40 audience, it also gives the band its due as one of the most energetic pure heavy rock ensembles ever to enter a recording studio.

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Performance Credits

Cactus   Primary Artist
Carmine Appice   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Tim Bogert   Bass,Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten   Piano
Rusty Day   Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals
Peter French   Vocals
Werner Fritzsching   Guitar
Duane Hitchings   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Jim McCarty   Guitar,Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Cactus   Arranger,Producer
Rick Clark   Liner Notes
Michael Delugg   Contributor
Geoffrey Haslam   Producer,Remixing
Bill Inglot   Remixing
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
David Palmer   Remixing
Gene Paul   Remixing
Bill Stahl   Engineer
Coco Shinomiya   Art Direction
Robert Blackwell   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer

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Cactology: The Cactus Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cactus was the epitomy of kick butt in your face powerhose blues based rock. The line up was incredible. I was fortunate to see them live on two occasions....still the best shows I have ever seen....30 years later. Guitarist Jimmy MCcarty is still in the Detroit area heading an EXCELLENT blues band..Mystery Train. Rusty Day unfortunately has passed away. Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert are still very active musicians. Everybody should give then a listen...you will then appreciate the influence they still bring to bear in the music world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cactus was considered a hard rock band in their day. They were an incredible burst of energy from open to close. Rusty Day, the lead singer and harmonica player, would get anyone and everyone on their feet. Jim McCarty played electric guitar as well as anyone you've ever heard. Tim Bogert on bass and Carmine Appice on drums, were the rhythm section and driving background voices for the Vanilla Fudge. With Cactus they didn't have much chance for the sweetness they used with VF, but this band was one of the biggest wall of sound you could ever hear. They were the epitome of how a live band should have performed. They were at the Isle of Wight concert. They were included on the 2 or 3 record set along with Mountain and Ten Years After. Buy this CD, and you will have the essence of the band. Unfortunately, that's all that is left. Their original albums were still available as imports, at import prices. But this band was very unassuming and non-capitalistic. That was their essence!!!