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Cactus - "Elevation" (audio)

Ο δίσκος των Cactus "Tightrope"
Στα τελειώματα του 1969 σχηματίσθηκαν στην Νέα Υόρκη οι Cactus από δύο πρώην μέλη των Vanilla Fudge: τον μπασίστα Tim Bogert και το ντράμερ Carmine Appice. Βασική τους επιλογή για κιθαρίστας ήταν ο Jeff Beck, ο οποίος έπεσε θύμα τροχαίου με αποτέλεσμα η μπάντα να καταλήξει στον Jim McCarty.

Οι Cactus "ολοκληρώθηκαν" με την προσθήκη του τραγουδιστή των Amboy Dukes, Rusty Day (Russell Edward Davidson το "κανονικό ονοματεπώνυμό του). Η μπάντα έμεινε ενεργή μέχρι το 1972 κυκλοφορώντας τέσσερις δίσκους ("Cactus" 1970, "One Way...Or Another" 1971, "Restrictions" 1971, "'Ot 'n' Sweaty" 1972).

Με την διάλυση της μπάντας οι Bogert - Appice κατάφεραν να συνεργαστούν τελικά με τον Jeff Beck δημιουργώντας τους Beck, Bogert & Appice. Στα 70ς έγιναν δύο απόπειρες "αναβίωσης" των Cactus.

Αρχικά από τον πληκτρά Duane Hitchings (έπαιζε στον τελευταίο τους δίσκο) που δημιούργησε τους New Cactus Band κυκλοφορώντας ένα album ("Son of Cactus" 1973) κι εν συνεχεία από τον τραγουδιστή Rusty Day το 1976. Το εγχείρημα "κράτησε" μέχρι το 1979.

Το 2006 οι (αποκαλούμενοι και Αμερικανοί Led Zeppelin) Cactus επανασυνδέθηκαν για κάποιες συναυλίες και τελικά συνεχίζουν μέχρι τις ημέρες μας. Η επανένωση είχε (και) δισκογραφικό αποτέλεσμα τρία full length albums, το "Cactus V" (2006), "Black Dawn" (2016) και τον δίσκο "Tightrope" που κυκλοφόρησε στις αρχές Απριλίου...

Δελτίο τύπου: «’70s classic rock legends return with a smashing new album that balances powerful, driving rockers with more complex and heady album tracks!

The band is still led by iconic drummer Carmine Appice alongside longtime member Jimmy Kunes on vocals and Randy Pratt on harmonica with special guitar appearances by original guitarist Jim McCarty and bassist Pete Bremy!

Features a killer cover of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” with co-lead vocals by current Cactus guitarist Paul Warren who made his recording debut on The Temptation’s 1972 smash hit version of the song! Available on both digipak CD and special 2LP set with a gatefold jacket and colored vinyl!»

Bio: «Carmine Appice Rebuilds Legendary Rock Band with Powerful New Line-Up for the 50th Anniversary! Coming off a very successful US tour and the release of its first studio album in 10 years, Black Dawn, the time has come for founding member and world renown drummer Carmine Appice to re-energize and rebuild Cactus.

The band was once heralded by critics as America’s answer to Led Zeppelin. Appice announced today two new members to the legendary band’s line-up: bassist Jimmy Caputo and guitarist Paul Warren. Caputo replaces bassist Pete Bremy, who has left Cactus to pursue other projects. Warren, best known as lead guitarist for Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Joe Cocker, will be the band’s new guitarist for touring, taking over for founding member Jim McCarty.

McCarty remains a writing and recording member of Cactus but unfortunately i s unable to tour with the band due to health reasons. Lead vocalist extraordinare Jimmy Kunes and harmonica wizard Randy Pratt, both of whom joined when the band re-grouped in 2006 remain in the line-up.

Nearly five decades after I formed this band, the time has come to re-invent Cactus once again,” says Appice, who also still drums for Vanilla Fudge, The Appice Brothers, and The Platinum Rock All Stars. Adds Appice: “The music remains the same and Cactus is still a ‘hot and sweaty’ band. The level, quality and consistence of the band’s musicianship is as strong as ever.” "I saw the original Cactus live a few times, and they absolutely killed it,” says guitarist Paul Warren.

That was one of the great bands of the era, and they are still a great band, today. I am excited, and honored, to play with such an historic band!” Warren, who has his own successful solo band, is a native of Detroit and who considers Jim McCarty as one of his biggest musical influences.

Filling in for Jim McCarty will be a challenge. Not only is he a founding member of the band, he is a brilliant guitarist and one of the best to ever come out of Detroit. Jimmy could never be replaced. I plan to honor and pay homage to his work with Cactus while still bringing some of my own ‘Detroit attitude’ to the legendary music of this band.

Bassist Jimmy Caputo has worked in a myriad of national touring acts including The Appice Brothers Drum Wars show, which also includes both Carmine and his brother Vinny. Cactus returned in 2016 with Black Dawn, a new studio album, its first in almost 10 years.

Featuring the blistering riff-rock that the band built its reputation upon, Black Dawn is a classic Cactus album with a fresh new energy that the band has not had since its heyday in the early 1970s. The band has had a long and turbulent history.

Formed in 1970 from the ashes of The Vanilla Fudge by Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert. the initial line up also featured McCarty and vocalist Rusty Day. (Appice and Bogert had originally planned a new band with Jeff Beck which was put off until 1973 because of Beck’s near fatal car crash in 1969).

Jim McCarty had come from Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels and was playing with The Buddy Miles Express. Tim and Carmine also found vocalist Day in The Amboy Dukes with Ted Nugent. Together, the four musicians formed Cactus, named after the peyote cactus, which provided a key ingredient in mind-altering drugs.

While Cactus saw success from the start and soon built a loyal fan base, by early 1973 the band had collapsed mainly due to lack of real support from its label and the fact that Beck was now ready play with Carmine and Tim. It would not be until 2006, three decades after the tragic death of Rusty Day that the group reformed with Pratt and Kunes to record CACTUS V and play Sweden Rock.

When Tim Bogert was forced into retirement due to complications after a serious motorcycle accident, Pete Bremy joined on bass in both in Cactus and Vanilla Fudge. Now, with Jimmy Caputo and Paul Warren onboard, Cactus embarks on a new and exciting musical journey - just as powerful as before - and bound to be just as successful... one way or another.»

Band: Cactus
Audio: "Elevation"
Album: "Tightrope"
Type: Full length
Release date: April 2nd, 2021
Label: Purple Pyramid
Format: CD, 2 Vinyls

Track listing:
01. Tightrope
02. Papa Was A Rolling Stone
03. All Shook Up
04. Poison In Paradise
05. Third Time Gone
06. Shake That Thing
07. Primitive Touch
08. Preaching Woman Man Blues
09. Elevation
10. Suite 1 And 2: Everlong, All The Madmen
11. Headed For A Fall
12. Wear It Out

Band members:
Carmine Appice - Drums
Jimmy Kunes - Vocals
Paul Warren - Guitar
Randy Pratt - Harmonica
Jimmy Caputo - Bass

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