15 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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