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Hot Tuna - Keep on Truckin': The Very Best of Hot Tuna (2006) Retail CD
Jefferson Airplane leadguitarist Kaukonen was one of the best, most distinctive of the post-Beatles guitar players. Whether finger picking acoustically or cutting through the band's increasingly dense textures with razor-toned electric licks, his singular sound defined the Airplane as surely as the loose three-part harmonies of Marty Balin, Paul Kantner and Grace Slick. His take on the traditional "Good Shepherd" on the Volunteers LP gave a clue of his arranging abilities and where his heart lay.
Kaukonen had spent his high school years in Washington, DC, where he and his best friend, Jack Casadymore…, would haunt local blues, folk and jazz clubs. Jorma ended up in Frisco as a charter member of the Airplane and, when the band fired its original bassist, he sent for his old pal to come west.
Though the J&J twosome found immense success with this most adventurous of rock bands, they never lost their love for the rootsy music they had discovered together as teenagers. As Jefferson Airplane took off for higher heights, they began working occasionally on the side as a duo playing the acoustic blues of The Rev. Gary Davis, Jelly Roll Morton and Robert Johnson.
Their first album, recorded live at a club in Berkeley, California, came out in the spring of 1970. That first release was a stripped down affair, spotlighting Kaukonen's virtuosic acoustic finger picking and Casady's inventive contrapuntal electric bass playing. As the Airplane disbanded, Hot Tuna became more than an extracurricular hobby, expanding into a full-bore rock band with a following of its own.
The newly compiled Keep on Truckin' covers the history of Hot Tuna's various incarnations in the `70s. From ample samplings of the band's original acoustic orientation through its evolution to blistering blues rock, this collection resurrects one of the great offshoots of the classic rock era, a band that may never have been able to escape the shadow of its principals' past, but one unquestionably deserving a re-evaluation. --Jim Newsom
Originally published in Port Folio Weekly, 6/13/06
Copyright 2006 Port Folio Weekly. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
|1||Hesitation Blues (Live)|
|2||Death Don't Have No Mercy (Live)|
|3||Candy Man (Live)|
|4||Come Back Baby (Live)|
|6||Keep On Truckin'|
|8||I See The Light|
|11||Sunrise Dance With The Devil|
|12||I Can't Be Satisfied|
|13||Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning (Live)|
|14||Killing Time In The Crystal City (Live)|
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