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Cactus

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One Way...Or Another Cactus, Ted Nugent, DUg Pinnick 05:09
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Rock 'N' Roll Children Cactus 05:44
Mama Bring It Home Cactus 04:05
Juggernaut Cactus 04:40
Headed For A Fall Cactus 04:13
You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover Cactus 06:31
Long Tall Sally Cactus 05:54
Papa Was a Rolling Stone Cactus 06:18
Song for Aries Cactus 03:05

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Biography

Formed in Long Island, New
York in 1969, Cactus evolved through many different incarnations playing
different styles of hard rock. The driving force for much of their long career
has been drummer Carmine Appice, who originally came to fame with 1960s
psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge, but left with bass player Tim Bogert in '69 to
form Cactus, concentrating on blues rock with guitarist Jim McCarty and singer
Rusty Day. The plan was for guitarist Jeff Beck to be in the original line-up
but he was forced to withdraw following injury in a car crash. They went on to
release three well-received albums together - Cactus (1970), One
Way... Or Another
(1971) and Restrictions (1971), but the line-up
was already falling apart by the time of their fourth album 'Ot ‘N’ Sweaty'
(1972) and the band went into hiatus as Bogert and Appice reverted to their
original plan to link up with Beck (in Beck, Bogert & Appice). There was a
shortlived New Cactus Band before Day put together another new line-up, which
ran for four years. Day ultimately met a tragic end, when he was shot dead by
unknown assailants in Florida in 1982. After an absence of more than 20 years,
the seeds of a modern Cactus reunion were planted when Bogert, Appice, and McCarty
were invited to make a radio appearance together in New York and perform at the
B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, New York in 2006. They recruited singer
Jimmy Kunes and asked Randy Pratt to play harmonica with them. It resulted in a
brand new album, 2006’s Cactus V and suddenly they were back in
business. Bogert subsequently decided he didn't want to tour any more, McCarty
pulled out for a while and then returned, and Pete Bremy joined to play bass. A
live album Tokyo Nights followed in 2014, while the enduring strength of
their earthy blues rock was proven once again when they wrote completely new
material for their 2016 album Black Dawn and hit the road once more.

Bogert passed away on January 13, 2021.