Classic Rock Legends of the 70s CACTUS will release their new album, “Tightrope”April 2 through Records of Cleopatra. The effort will be available on CD digipak, a deluxe 2LP set with gatefold cover and colored vinyl, and, of course, on digital platforms everywhere.
CACTUS became known as “the American ZEPPELIN LED“, a nickname they possessed due to their explosive blues rock style, understated but undeniably brilliant musicianship, not to mention their energetic and lively stage presence that made them a staple of arena rock venues around the world. Now the band is back with a smashing new album called “Tightrope” which strikes a delicate balance between powerful, driving rockers and more complex, heady album tracks. Still led by an iconic drummer Carmine Appice alongside long-time members jimmy kunes singing and Randy Prat on the harmonica, “Tightrope” is, according to Appliance“one of the best CACTUS albums we’ve ever made. From the acting to the production and the songs, we’ve really taken a step forward.” They are joined by new lead guitarist/vocalist Paul Warren (ex-Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker) and James Caputo on bass. “Tightrope” will give as long CACTUS fans a reason to cheer as it includes special guest appearances from the original CACTUS guitarist Jim McCarty and singer Phil Naro.
List of tracks:
02. Daddy was a Rolling Stone
03. All stirred
04. poison in paradise
05. Third time gone
06. shake that thing
07. Primitive key
08. Preaching Woman Man Blues
ten. Suite 1 & 2: Always, all the fools
11. On the way to a fall
12. wear it
CACTUS has had a long and checkered history. Formed in 1970 from the ashes of VANILLA FUDGE through Carmine Appice and Tim Bogertthe initial range also included McCarty and singer rusty day. (Appliance and Bogert originally planned a new group with Jeff Beck which was postponed to 1973, because of becknear-fatal car crash in 1969.) Jim McCarty came from MITCH RYDER AND THE WHEELS OF DETROIT and played with THE BUDDY MILES EXPRESS. Tim and Carmine also found the singer Day in THE DUKE OF AMBOY with Ted Nugent. Together, the four musicians formed CACTUSnamed after the peyote cactus, which provided a key ingredient in mind-altering drugs.
While CACTUS saw success early on and quickly built a loyal fan base, by early 1973 the band had collapsed mainly due to lack of real label support, and the fact that beck was now ready to play with Carmine and Tim. It won’t be until 2006, three decades after the tragic death of rusty daythat the group reformed with Pratt and kunes. When Tim Bogert was forced into retirement after a serious motorcycle accident, Pete Bremy jumped in both CACTUS and VANILLA FUDGE.
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