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22 Jul 2017

Cactus "Fully Unleashed / The Live Gigs Vol. II" Gilligan's Club, Buffalo, 1971) US Classic Rock,Blues Rock

Cactus "Fully Unleashed / The Live Gigs Vol. II" Gilligan's Club, Buffalo, 1971)  US Classic Rock,Blues Rock

Originally released 2007, Rhino RHM2 7751
Recorded live at Gilligan's, Buffalo, NY, 06-26-1971


The first release in 2013 will be dedicated to the American group Cactus. June 26, 1971 the band performed at the Gilligan's Club in Buffalo, New York. This concert was recorded and released after 36 years on two discs entitled "Fully Unleashed / The Live Gigs Vol. II". The record of this concert was managed by none other than Eddie Kramer, who had worked a lot with the stars of the first magnitude.
Concerning the concert, I can say only one thing: the power of the game "from all the slots" :) The band did not want to leave the stage for a long time, on which the band's vocalist Rusty Day said "the group will play until you (the audience) want to get out of here" ......

Rhino Handmade's got blisters on its fingers from all of the Cactus it's been handling! With the last highly-collectible release of live mayhem from Cactus fully sold out, we mined the archives to create another super sonic treat to quench your thirsty ears, FULLY UNLEASHED: THE LIVE GIGS, VOL 2. Offered in an individually numbered, limited edition of 5,000 copies, the 2-CD set presents a live recording of the last ever concert performed at Gilligan's in upstate New York by the legendary supergroup's original line-up - Tim Bogert (bass), Carmine Appice (drums), Jim McCarty (guitar) and Rusty Day (vocals). The concert is presented in its entirety, and twelve of the thirteen full-tilt tracks are previously unreleased. The date was June 26, 1971, "when," writes veteran music journalist Bill DeYoung in his essay, "Cactus was at its take-no-prisoners peak. He later notes, "Cactus toured incessantly, sharing bills with the top bands from both sides of the Atlantic. There was never anything 'showbiz' about them; the goal, both onstage and off, was to rock like there was no tomorrow." In suburban Buffalo, New York, the now defunct Gilligan's - once upstate NY's hottest rock venue - may have been a non-descript, cavernous club, but the incendiary Cactus date captured here is nothing short of extraordinary. Behind the mixing board of the Electric Ladyland Mobile Unit that night was the venerable Eddie Kramer, who, in addition to Cactus, engineered and produced for a who's who of rock and roll greats including The Faces, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, whose Electric Lady studios he helped establish. "When I first listened to tapes of this show," Appice says, "I thought, 'Man, what a great band.' I was just really proud of the fact that the band kicked such major ass. In those days, we blew everybody we played with off the stage." The music backs up the recollection. Always cranked to 11 for a Gilligan's gig, Cactus' breakneck blues-rock boogie and sheer decibel force blasts the senses on stand-outs including an epic version of Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm" - one of the band's signature songs - the originals "Down Easy," "Walkin'" and "Bro. Bill" and the classic "Long Tall Sally." One can only imagine that just as Cactus blew other bands away night after night, the capacity crowed must have been fit to be wiped off the beer-soaked floor at show's end. The seminal quartet incarnation of Cactus formed in 1969. Originally, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice - Vanilla Fudge's former rhythm section - conceived it as a supergroup that would include guitar-slinger Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart on vocals. As things happened, though, Stewart went off to join the Faces and Beck was sidelined by a serious auto accident. They then enlisted ex-Buddy Miles and Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels guitarist Jim McCarty and former Amboy Dukes singer Rusty Day. Often called "the American Led Zeppelin," this powerhouse line-up delivered three albums - Cactus, One Way...Or Another and Restrictions - before McCarty and Day departed in '72. Appice and Bogert recorded one more album, 'Ot 'N' Sweaty, with a different line-up before leaving to form Beck, Bogert and Appice. Appice and Bogert have continued to collaborate over the years, and in 2006, reformed Cactus with Jim McCarty and singer Jimmy Kunes (Savoy Brown). Rhino Handmade's FULLY UNLEASHED: THE LIVE GIGS, VOl. 2 is available as an individually numbered limited edition of 5,000 copies for $39.98. It is dedicated to the memory of original Cactus lead vocalist Rusty Day, who died in 1982........

quite by coincidence I played Jimi Hendrix' "Live at Fillmore East" and Rolling Stones' "Get Your Ya Yas Out" before putting this new Cactus CD in the player. The result is stunning, even after 40 years, Cactus could play and blow away other artists who have grown to superstardom. Even Led Zeppelin could not stand in their shadow. This double CD is a whole different affair than the previous one with the same name hence the Volume II on this one, and is recorded in one take in an New York state club. Cactus in the original line up was a quartet but here they have expanded to a quitet with second lead and slideguitarist Ron Leejack (later of Wicked Lester, the pre KISS band) and that is a good choice. Leejack is also credited on a few songs on their than latest studio-album "Restrictions". Cactus seems to have the time of their live, playing with pleasure and full of humor, which cannot be said from many other acts who were deadseriously on stage. But apart from pleasure and humor (especially Rusty Day with his announcements and lyrics) the band plays full tilt with an enormous effort and drive. Jim McCarty shines througout with his formidable leadguitar (he could equally handle the acoustic guitar as shown on the 3 studioalbums) but he gives room to his partner in crime Leejack to blast his parts in the audience. Formely Vanilla Fudge rythmtandem Boogert on bass and Appice on drums plays their part and Rusty had not only the right vocals for this hard driven blues rock but plays harmonica as well and good. I would say this album is a must for all the music afficianodos in general and lovers of good (early seventies) rock music, with the extra dimension of a live recording. The only regretable thing about this is its release 4 decades later but now we can enjoy the better sound qualities. Strongly recommended.....ByJ. Talsma......

Having previously purchased the first "Live Gigs," I pondered long and hard whether "Live Gigs II" would offer enough different variety of performance to merit paying the big money for it. It absolutely does.
It features tunes like Mellow Down Easy, Feel So Bad, Walkin' Blues, and Token Chokin' which weren't on Gigs I; and add to that slightly-to-greatly different versions of Long Tall Sally, Parchman Farm, Oleo, Bro. Bill, and even a different version of the 20 min.+ No Need to Worry (Slow Blues on Gigs II.) Also included is a much clearer, more vibrant version of One Way Or Another than the version on Gigs I, which is taken from the 12:30 a.m. performance, as opposed to this concert, which is the 10:30 p.m. show. In fact, the sound quality of this entire recording is astounding, considering it's 37 years old.
A previous reviewer mentioned that his only beefs were; 1.Ron Leejack's guitar solos buried in the mix, and 2. Rusty Day's harmonica playing. He must have gotten a bad copy. I've listened to this CD on a state-of-the-art system, as well as a cheap boombox and, in both cases, Leejack's guitar was easily discernable. As for Rusty's harp playing, he's a serviceable blues /boogie harp player. He's no Magic Dick (who is?), but he beats the hell out of Bob Dylan and others.
One big difference in this concert is the addition of Leejack, giving the great Jim McCarty a baseline rhythm from which to soar as well as a nice counter to his leads. Leejack gets in a couple decent leads himself; in particular, a nice slide guitar lead on Walkin' Blues.
I have thouroughly enjoyed this CD and am very glad I decided to take a gamble on it.......By Kevinon .............

Praise the hard rockin' gods that Rhino Handmade decided to put out a second volume of CACTUS-Fully Unleashed!!! This was sure worth the wait and being that there are only 5000 copies it's worth whatever price you have to pay! Recorded live by legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Kiss, etc., etc.), CACTUS-Fully Unleashed Vol. 2 captures the band on fire in Buffalo, 1971. Unlike Vol. 1 which featured songs from multiple performances, Vol. 2 is just one singe show. One night with a band that could out-boogie anyone. CACTUS should have been as big as Led Zeppelin, but due to lack of band ego cohesion and over the top drug use, CACTUS never reached the mass audience they deserved. At any rate, this 2 CD set of almost 110 minutes of total balls out, hard rockin', proto-metal, post-blues, stoner boogie rock at its most intense, is another step towards finally giving CACTUS the recognition they deserve. And furthermore, it stands as a testament to one of the greatest blues/rock singers of all time, Rusty Day, who sadly departed earth for a better party many years ago now. Man could that guy sing/scream! Jim McCarty's guitar leads are absolutely savage as usual, and Ronnie Leejack's rhythm guitar (as well as a few killer leads of his own) just adds more power to the already overblown rhythm combo of Tim Bogart (one of the fattest bass sounds ever) and Carmine Appice's drum assault. There is not one single dull second in this show. This makes sense being that CACTUS lived and played hard to fight the dull moments. If only they could've kept it together longer. Thank god for this killer vault release! Perfect sound quality for the times, great packaging, and an unbelievably rockin' show in Buffalo! Rusty Day (R.I.P.)...ByT. Kasuboski..........

Carmine Appice: Drums, Background Vocals
Tim Bogert: Bass, Background Vocals
Rusty Day: Lead Vocals
Jim McCarty: Guitar
Ron Leejack: Guitar


CD 1:

01. Intro/Tuning (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert)1:00
02. Long Tall Sally (Johnson/Penniman/Blackwell) 7:51
03. Parchman Farm (Mose Allison) 6:04
04. Mellow Down Easy (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert) 5:25
05. Feel So Bad (Chuck Willis) 7:00
06. Walkin' Blues (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert) 8:52
07. Scrambler/One Way...Or Another (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert) 8:28
08. Oleo (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert) 12:50

CD 2:

01. Bro. Bill (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert) 8:32
02. Token Chokin' (Appice/McCarty/Day/Bogert) 3:32
03. Slow Blues (Medley) 20:10
04. Heebie Jeebies (Jackson/Marascalco)/What'd I Say (Ray Charles) 12:17
05. Evil (Howlin' Wolf) 14:46

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