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Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna as a vacation away from Jefferson Airplane. This live 1969 debut relies heavily on Kaukonen’s expressive style of acoustic fingerpicking and tender-yet-tough vocals. Casady’s bass melodies provide ample musical flourishes too, alongside harmonica strains by the Bay Area’s gifted Will Scarlett. There’s an earnest, in-your-favorite-corner-bar feel with nods to early American forms such as ragtime, folk, jazz, and blues; there are songs by Jelly Roll Morton, Leroy Carr, and Reverend Gary Davis, plus several genre-adhering originals. The stoner-style vibe is addicting. The set include five bonus songs not on the original LP.

Customer Reviews

No frills, just great music

Jorma and Jack, with a couple of friends sitting in. Imagine going to an open mike at a small club on a Tuesday night...and you catch two guys who just put it down, no pretensions or bs, just music with soul and urgency and fun. Great album, a must for lovers of acoustic guitar.

Essential Hot Tuna

A must have album if you want to check out these guys. But get this version, it's the remaster with bonus tracks.

Mighty Tight

Man these guys played it tight. Not note for note but in their own interpretation. Subliminal mind set for what they wanted to do. Play the Blues! But could not make any scratch with the root music, so board the Airplane. Kudos for putting together what we all have down in our gut, the desire to play like Blind Lemon, Barbeque Bob, Bo Carter, Revened Gary Davis and Tampa Red. ;)


Formed: 1969 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Begun as an acoustic spinoff of the Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna eventually became the full-time focus of founding members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen, emerging as a popular touring act of the 1970s. The two were lifelong friends, growing up together in Washington, D.C., and playing in the group the Triumphs. After high school, guitarist Kaukonen and his government-service parents relocated to the Philippines, but he returned to the U.S. in time for the advent of psychedelia, landing in San Francisco...
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