Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
With the exception of a few numbers on assorted multi-artist collections and the trio of tunes included on 'Ot 'N' Sweaty 1972, American blues-rockers Cactus were poorly represented as a performing act until this release. Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs 2004 is the companion volume to the similarly thorough Barely Contained: The Studio Sessions 2004. Each double-disc package is filled with not only the combo's respective four long-players, but also plenty of remarkable and previously vaulted sides. That is an understatement when considering the two-plus hours of vintage concert material from three distinct incarnations of Cactus, centering on the first lineup's final show...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
With the exception of a few numbers on assorted multi-artist collections and the trio of tunes included on 'Ot 'N' Sweaty 1972, American blues-rockers Cactus were poorly represented as a performing act until this release. Fully Unleashed: The Live Gigs 2004 is the companion volume to the similarly thorough Barely Contained: The Studio Sessions 2004. Each double-disc package is filled with not only the combo's respective four long-players, but also plenty of remarkable and previously vaulted sides. That is an understatement when considering the two-plus hours of vintage concert material from three distinct incarnations of Cactus, centering on the first lineup's final show on December 19, 1971 at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, TN. Jim McCarty's wailing lead electric guitar introduction to "Long Tall Sally" is a precursor to the hard-and-heavy onslaught that alternately pulverizes and soars on other classic covers, such as their dare say definitive workout of Mose Allison's "Parchment Farm" or the 17-plus-minute oldies medley containing "Heeby Jeebies" and "Money," plus the Memphis-apropos "Hound Dog" and "What'd I Say." The original roster is additionally featured on "No Need to Worry" and another incendiary reading of "Parchment Farm" from the 1970 Isle of Wight performance. Although both were initially available on the First Great Rock Festivals of the Seventies 1971 anthology, neither has been on CD before. A short-lived lineup with Ron Leejack guitar was captured on the title track to One Way...Or Another and "Bro. Bill" from June 27, 1971 at Gillian's in Buffalo, New York, and the remaining cuts are from the group's April 1972 appearance at the Mar y Sol Pop Festival in Puerto Rico with Werner Fritzsching guitar and former Atomic Rooster member Peter French vocals. While "Swim," "Bad Mother Boogie" and "Out L'il Rock-N-Roll Thing" were incorporated into 'Ot 'N' Sweaty, "Bedroom Mazurka" can be found on the out-of-print Mar y Sol 1972 compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • UPC: 603497787128
  • Catalog Number: 7871

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cactus Primary Artist
Carmine Appice Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Tim Bogert Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Rusty Day Group Member
Peter French Vocals
Werner Fritzsching Guitar
Duane Hitchings Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Ron Leejack Guitar
Technical Credits
Little Richard Composer
Mose Allison Composer
Tom Scott Engineer
Carmine Appice Composer
Cactus Arranger
Jerry Leiber Composer
Tim Bogert Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Howlin' Wolf Composer
Rusty Day Composer
Jimmy Douglass Engineer
Peter French Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Geoffrey Haslam Producer
Duane Hitchings Composer
Bill Inglot Tape Research
Jim McCarty Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Ray Thompson Engineer
Dave Schultz Remastering
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell Composer
Enotris Johnson Composer
John Marascalco Composer
David K. Tedds Reissue Producer
Werner Fritzchings Composer
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