The Cactus Rose Project
This local release on Mars Records (that’s a very realistic little red planet Mars in the bottom left hand corner) is a two track wonder first heard at Friends of Sound. Dave said he’d keep an eye open for another one after I had asked what it was. The intro to “Jelly” sounded a lot like Just Us 2’s (another local Texas duo) version of the Doobie Brothers’ song “Long Train Runnin'”. But it quickly opens up into an AOR groovy flute jam featuring flautist Cindy Cox. She has a great voice too…that’s her singing on the other great track, “Dancin’ in the Moonlight”. It’s an original tune, not the well known radio hit, and like the back cover says:
CACTUS ROSE voices were recorded using the Audio-electron Hydr-schronizer relay Expander.
It goes on to explain that the “album was recorded at Mike & Patti’s house” and you can really hear how relaxed they were. There was something in the air during those sessions, something powerful enough to insipre Cindy to sing, “I feel like I’m starting to come on – I’m gonna dance all night – Till the break of dawn”. I was just as inspired when Dave said he’d found my copy in bunch of records from Corpus Christi…now you can feel it too.