One Way... Or Another was the second studio outing to feature
the supergroup Cactus. Existing of Vanilla Fudge rhythm section
Carmine Appice (drums) and Tim Bogert (bass), as well as former
Amboy Dukes lead vocalist Rusty Day (vocals/mouth harp), and
Jim McCarty (guitar) from Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and
the Buddy Miles Express.
The album offers eight tracks of which are six originals and
two covers. Kicking off with one from the latter column, it’s the
unexpected slow and heavy take on Little Richard’s “Long Tall
Sally.” The other cover, a version of Chuck Willis’ “Feel So Bad,”
is more than serviceable but it’s really the originals that are the
stars of this show. Highlights are including “Rock N’ Roll Children,”
“Big Mama Boogie – Parts I & II,” and the title track, which closes
the album in suitably kick-ass fashion.
This album is well crafted and flows dramatically from one song
to the other without a dull moment. Anyone with a liking for early
70’s blues oriented rock will love this album.