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CACTUS V Escapi Music (2006)

Cactus formed back in 1970 as something of a 'supergroup' as they featured the ex-Vanilla Fudge rhythm section of Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert, guitarist Jim McCarty and ex-Amboy Dukes vocalist Rusty Day.

The band are now back, minus vocalist Rusty Day who passed away in 1982, who is replaced by former Savoy Brown singer Jimmy Kunes.

The music is well played blues rock with some wicked harmonica playing thrown into the musical mix. Picks have to be 'The Groover' which brings to mind Free in their prime - fantastic guitar on this little gem.

'Cactus Music' is another tune steeped in the 70's blues rock sound and again features some wonderful guitar. 'Nite To Days' brings the pace down being a slow blues workout, whilst 'Livin' For Today' really kicks out the cobwebs.

The album trails off slightly towards the end but this album is heartily recommended for fans of classic 70's blues based rock.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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