Cactus's self-titled 1970 debut LP, released in the USA on 12" vinyl, marked a pivotal moment in rock history. The band, featuring luminaries like Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert, crafted a sonic masterpiece that seamlessly blended blues and hard rock. With anthemic tracks like "Let Me Swim," the album's enduring legacy lies in its raw energy and profound influence on subsequent generations of rock musicians.

Cactus was a super-group during 1970-1972 with the band-members: Carmine Appice (Stanley Clarke, Ted Nugent, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd), Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart), Rusty Day (Amboy Dukes) and, Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles) In 2006 Cactus re-united and started touring again

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"Cactus" Album Description:

In the world of rock history, certain albums stand as beacons of an era, capturing the essence of a musical movement. The self-titled debut album by Cactus, released in 1970 in the USA, is one such landmark. This web-page embarks on a journey through the creation and release of the 12" vinyl LP, exploring the historical context and musical landscape that birthed this iconic piece of rock history.

The Birth of Cactus:

Before the release of their self-titled debut, Cactus had already carved a niche for themselves in the rock scene. Formed in 1969, the band boasted a lineup featuring seasoned musicians such as Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Jim McCarty, and Rusty Day. The convergence of their diverse talents laid the foundation for a sonic exploration that would culminate in the creation of their eponymous album.

Recording the Debut Album:

The late 1960s and early 1970s were a tumultuous yet fertile period for rock music, with bands experimenting with sounds that would come to define the genre. Cactus, with their blues-infused, hard-rocking style, entered the studio to record their debut album. The sessions were a crucible of creative collaboration, resulting in a collection of tracks that would showcase the raw power and virtuosity of the band.

The 1970 USA Release:

In a landscape dominated by the likes of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, Cactus's self-titled debut made its mark upon its release in 1970. The 12" vinyl LP format, the primary medium of music consumption at the time, allowed listeners to immerse themselves in the full spectrum of Cactus's sound. The album cover, with its distinctive cactus imagery, became synonymous with the sonic journey that awaited the listener.

Tracklist and Musical Highlights:

The debut album featured a carefully curated tracklist, each song contributing to the overall narrative of the record. From the blistering opener, "Parchman Farm," to the bluesy swagger of "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover," the album showcased the band's ability to seamlessly blend genres, creating a unique sonic tapestry.

One of the standout tracks, "Let Me Swim," exemplified the band's prowess in crafting anthemic, hard-hitting rock tunes. The synergy between Appice's thunderous drumming, Bogert's pulsating bass lines, McCarty's dynamic guitar work, and Day's soulful vocals created a sonic alchemy that resonated with audiences.

Legacy and Impact:

Cactus's self-titled debut left an indelible mark on the rock landscape, earning its place as a classic of the genre. The album's enduring legacy lies not only in its critical acclaim but also in its influence on subsequent generations of rock musicians. The raw energy and musical innovation displayed on this debut LP set the stage for Cactus's continued impact on the evolving rock scene.

Music Genre:

  Boogie Blues Rock Music

Collector's info:

Recorded at Ultra-Sonic Recording Studios, Hempstead, N.Y. Recording engineer: Bill Stahl, Gene Paul.

Art direction and photography Mark L. Rollings JR

Album Production:

  Special thanks to: Phil Basile, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Terry Kelly, Mike Evans, Paco, Duane Highings, Mickie Most, Jon Finley, Rod Stewart, McKinley Jackson, Jocko Davidson

Record Label Information:

  Yellow ATCO Records SD 33-340 (33340) / ST-C-701915 PR

Media Format:

  150 grams vinyl 12" Vinyl LP Record (album weight 270 grams)

Year & Country:

  1970 Mfg By Atlantic Recording Corp USA
Band Members and Musicians on: Cactus Self-titled
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Carmine Appice - drums

    Carmine Appice (born 15 December1946) is an American rock drummer. He is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge; Cactus; the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice; Rod Stewart; King Kobra; and Blue Murder. He is also Vinny Appice's older brother.


    Appice received classical music training, and was influenced early on by the work of jazz drummers Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Appice first came to prominence as the drummer with the late 1960s psychedelic band Vanilla Fudge. He contributed distinctive background harmonies with bassist Tim Bogert. After five albums, the pair left Vanilla Fudge to form the blues rock quartet Cactus, with vocalist Rusty Day and guitarist Jim McCarty.

    In 1972, Appice and Bogert formed the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice with guitarist Jeff Beck. The band released two albums, Beck, Bogert & Appice (1972) and Triumvirate (1974), before disbanding.

    In 1976, Appice joined Rod Stewart's band, touring, recording, and writing two of Stewart's biggest hits, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Young Turks". He left Stewart to record his first solo album, Rockers (1977), and tour Japan and North America with an all-star band.

    In the early 1980s, Appice toured with Ozzy Osbourne and Ted Nugent. In the mid-1980s, he formed King Kobra for two Capitol albums and international touring. And in the late 1980s, Carmine played on a Pink Floyd record Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) and formed Blue Murder with Whitesnake's John Sykes and The Firm's Tony Franklin.

    In the 1990s, Appice continued to record and tour with various artists, including Leslie West, Jeff Beck, and Vanilla Fudge. He also released several solo albums, including Carmine Appice's Guitar Zeus (2019) and Energy Overload (2021).

    Appice is a highly respected drummer who has been praised for his technical skill, versatility, and creativity. He is considered one of the most influential drummers in rock history and has been inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame (2013) and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame (2014).

    Appice is married to radio personality Leslie Gold and lives in New York City. He has two children from a previous marriage.

    Here are some of Carmine Appice's most notable achievements:

    • nducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013
    • Inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014
    • Played with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, and Blue Murder
    • Recorded over 40 albums
    • Released several solo albums
    • Taught drumming clinics and workshops worldwide
    • Authored several books on drumming
    • Considered one of the most influential drummers in rock history
    Carmine Appice is a true legend of rock drumming. He has influenced countless drummers over the years and continues to be a force in the music industry.

  • Tim Bogert - Bass
  • Rusty Day - Vocals & Harp
  • Jim McCarty - Guitar
Track Listing of: Cactus Self-titled
    Side One:
  1. Parchman Farm
  2. My Lady from South Detroit
  3. Bro, Bill
  4. You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover
    Side Two:
  1. Let me Swim
  2. No need to Worry
  3. Oleo
  4. Feel So Good
Album cover photos of : Cactus Self-titled
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Photo of Cactus band-members on the album Back Cover 
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Photo of ATCO Yellow Record Label with Catalognr: SD 33-340
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Index of CACTUS Band USA Vinyl Records Discography

Band Description:

  Cactus is a rock supergroup that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The band was formed by former members of Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck Group, and the Amboy Dukes, and is often regarded as one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal music.

 Cactus was founded in 1969 by Carmine Appice, a drummer who had previously played with Vanilla Fudge, and Tim Bogert, a bassist who had played with the band. Together with guitarist Jim McCarty, who had previously played with Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, and Rusty Day, a singer who had been part of the Amboy Dukes, the band created a sound that was characterized by powerful riffs, driving rhythms, and bluesy vocals.

 Cactus released its self-titled debut album in 1970, which was produced by legendary producer and engineer Eddie Kramer. The album featured such classic tracks as "Parchman Farm," "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover," and "Let Me Swim," and established the band as one of the most exciting and innovative groups of the era.

 Cactus continued to release critically acclaimed albums throughout the 1970s, including One Way...Or Another (1971), Restrictions (1971), and 'Ot 'n' Sweaty (1972). However, despite their success, the band was unable to achieve the same level of commercial success as some of their peers, such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

 In the years since, Cactus has continued to influence countless bands and musicians with their hard-hitting sound and energetic live performances. The band's members have also gone on to work with some of the biggest names in music, including Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and Jeff Beck.

Timeline of Cactus band-members from 1969 until 1974:

- 1969: Cactus is formed with the original lineup consisting of Carmine Appice (drums), Tim Bogert (bass/vocals), Rusty Day (vocals/harmonica), and Jim McCarty (guitar).

- 1970: The band releases their self-titled debut album, "Cactus", which receives positive reviews for its heavy rock sound.

- 1971: Rusty Day leaves the band, and Jeff Beck Group's lead vocalist Rod Stewart is briefly considered as a replacement. However, that idea doesn't come to fruition.

- 1971: Werner Fritzschings (guitar) and Duane Hitchings (keyboards) join Cactus, expanding the band's musical palette.

- 1972: Cactus releases their third album, "Ot 'N' Sweaty", showcasing their bluesy and hard rock fusion.

- 1973: The band's lineup undergoes changes as Duane Hitchings and Jim McCarty depart.

- 1973: The remaining members disband, marking the end of Cactus' initial era.

CACTUS Barely Contained – The Studio Sessions 2CD Limited Edition

Thumbnail of CACTUS Barely Contained – The Studio Sessions 2CD Limited Edition album front cover

 Rhino Handmade – RHM27872 , 2004 , USA

This is a individually numbered limited edition from the Rhino RecordsHandmade collection with 2 CD filled with music by the 1960s / 1970s Supergroup and Hard Rock band "CACTUS".

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   CACTUS - Self-Titled ( USA )
 Cactus - self-titled   LP

ATCO Records SD 33-340 (33340) / ST-C-701915 PR , 1970 , USA

Cactus's self-titled 1970 debut LP, released in the USA on 12" vinyl, marked a pivotal moment in rock history. The band, featuring luminaries like Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert, crafted a sonic masterpiece that seamlessly blended blues and hard rock. With anthemic tracks like "Let Me Swim," the album's enduring legacy lies in its raw energy and profound influence on subsequent generations of rock musicians.

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  CACTUS - Self-Titled ( JAPAN )
 CACTUS - Self-Titled ( JAPAN ) 12" LP

ATLANTIC P-8128 , 1989 , Japan

In 1989, Cactus's debut LP found renewed life in Japan on 12" vinyl, capturing the essence of their blues-rock prowess. The reissue, a nod to classic rock's resurgence, retained the original tracks, serving as a bridge between eras. This collector's edition, with its meticulously designed cover, reaffirmed Cactus's enduring legacy, resonating with both loyal fans and a new generation of enthusiasts.

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  CACTUS -  One Way or Another ( USA )
  CACTUS -  One Way or Another 12" LP

ATCO SD 33-356 (33356) / ST-C-712131 PR , 1971 , USA

Cactus's "One Way... Or Another" 12" Vinyl LP, USA release, encapsulates their blues-rock prowess. This sonic journey, marked by diverse tracks, reflects the band's evolution. In the 1970s, amidst a cultural shift in music, Cactus left an indelible mark. Decades later, the album's timelessness, preserved in warm vinyl, continues to beckon both loyal fans and new listeners to experience the raw, genre-defying energy of Cactus.

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ATCO 40 216 , France

Cactus's 1971 album, "One Way or Another," stands as a pivotal moment in hard rock history. Born from the musical prowess of former Vanilla Fudge and Detroit Wheels members, the album's raw energy and dynamic tracks solidified Cactus's place in rock. The French release, ATCO 40 216, adds intrigue with a unique album cover, showcasing the band's global impact and the era's diverse visual expressions.

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 CACTUS -  Restrictions ( USA )  12" LP

ATCO SD 33-377 , 1971 , USA

Restrictions is the third and the last album by the original line-up of the American hard rock supergroup Cactus, released in 1971 under the Atco label. "Token Chokin'" also was issued as a single, as well as "Evil", "Alaska" and "Sweet Sixteen" also were released on A and B sides. The music heard is mostly heavy blues and rock with cover of a blues standard, "Evil" as a hard rocking, very heavy and riffy song. (on the album it was credited as Chester Burnett (Howlin' Wolf's real name) although actually it was written for Howlin' Wolf by his bass player Willie Dixon)

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  CACTUS -  Restrictions ( France ) 12" LP

ATCO 40307 , 1971 , France

Dive into the captivating musical legacy of Cactus with 'Restrictions,' now in its French release on a 12" vinyl LP. Explore the roots of this iconic American supergroup, witness the evolution of their sound, and experience key tracks like 'Token Chokin'' in French. Uncover the enduring impact of 'Restrictions' as it marks the end of an era for Cactus, leaving a legendary imprint on rock history. #CactusLegacy #RockHistory

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