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Even if you were born in denim diapers to a family of bikers, this amazingly thorough compilation could be all the Cactus you'll ever need. At a whopping 33 tracks, Barely Contained - The Studio Sessions comprises the band's first four albums and a few outtakes. The 1970 cover of Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm" from their eponymous debut strove to upstage Blue Cheer's 1968 version with twice the speed thanks to the insane drumming of Carmine Appice and the lightning fast leads of guitarist Jim McCarty (imported from Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels). "Feel So Good" from the same album is another standout, especially in the performance of raspy voiced singer Rusty Day (formerly of Ted Nugent's Amboy Dukes). With Eddie Kramer mixing at the board of Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios, tunes from their sophomore LP got injected with more boogie, most noticeably in the longhaired strut of "Rock N' Roll Children" and the fierce title track "One Way… Or Another." The sludgy stomp of "Token Chokin'" from 1971's Restrictions flirts with California twang while "Bad Stuff" may have helped spawn stoner rock.

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if you enjoy led zeppelin, and blues based rock and roll in general, this album is worth buying for ONE song, "Evil". i have never in 33 years heard a band that sounds more like jimmy page, john bonham, and john paul jones. this is a must have for ANY zep fan. Cactus rocks. wish i would've found them years ago. and i wish someone would show the world how awesome they are. feel the groove.....


Maybe Humble Pie or Johnny Winter or Foghat. These guys were boogie blues at it's finest. Featuring an all star American cast. Listen to the bass on "Both Sides Of The Street" or the harp on "Alaska". The screaming guitar licks on "Evil" or any of Carmine's fine drum work. That these fellas didn't get more recognition (or really any radio time) is something I will never understand. Do yourself a favor. Buy this, put it on you iwhatever and listen to it loud. You won't be disappointed. Seriously, these guys were so different than Zep. Wish itunes had the live gigs discs.

Well here it really is!

This is truley the best blues rock band that was sadly disrespected! Listen and hear where all the influences were instilled in all of todays great musicians and they didn't even know it!


Formed: 1969

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '00s, '10s

The plan was for the Vanilla Fudge rhythm section of bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice to join with guitar god Jeff Beck and his singer Rod Stewart in a supergroup of sorts. The plan was derailed when Beck had a motorcycle accident that incapacitated him for 18 months. Stewart then joined pal Ron Wood in the revamped Faces (and pursued a somewhat lucrative solo career), leaving Bogert and Appice to find alternates for their dream band. They recruited guitarist Jim McCarty from Mitch Ryder's...
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