Cactus returns with a new album titled Tightrope, their first in 5 years. The band were originally founded by [then former] Vanilla Fudge members Tim Bogert [RIP] and Carmine Appice, along with guitarist Jim McCarty [ex Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels] and singer Rusty Day [ex Amboy Dukes], making the band something of a ‘supergroup’ at the time, and would be dubbed ‘the American Led Zeppelin’ for their blues rock approach. In 2021 the band is still lead by the legendary drummer, and includes longtime members Jimmy Kunes [vocals], guitarist [and co-producer w/ Appice] – Paul Warren [ex Rod Stewart, Rare Earth..], Randy Pratt on harmonica [The Lizards], and bass player Jimmy Caputo. Tightrope also includes guest appearances from Jim McCarty, Phil Naro, and Pete Bremy.
Featuring 12 tracks of varied blues and blues rock, Tightrope is a good album to get in to and enjoy multiple plays, with so much to offer. Notable is the rocked up cover of “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”, a song that Warren played on as a session for The Temptations decades ago. Other highlights include blues rock numbers “Primitive Touch” and “Elevation”, as well as the epic atmospheric piece “Suite 1 and 2: Everlong, All The Madmen”. Dig the closing track “Wear It Out”, a cool rock tune, with the added bonus of featuring McCarty and Naro. *Available on CD or a nice looking 2 LP gatefold, colored vinyl.