And Furthurmore...

And Furthurmore...

by Hot Tuna
     
 
Hot Tuna have been together, in one incarnation or another, for over 30 years. That the venerable blues-rock band sounds as fresh as it does on this new live recording is little short of remarkable. (Think about it -- 30 years accounts for a few thousand versions of "Hesitation Blues" alone.) But if played sincerely, and with equal parts finesse and grit, the blues

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Hot Tuna have been together, in one incarnation or another, for over 30 years. That the venerable blues-rock band sounds as fresh as it does on this new live recording is little short of remarkable. (Think about it -- 30 years accounts for a few thousand versions of "Hesitation Blues" alone.) But if played sincerely, and with equal parts finesse and grit, the blues can be a wellspring of inspiration, and that's just the life source that Hot Tuna draw from. Friends since their teenage years, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady remain Hot Tuna's focal points, pumping out inventive lines and counter runs that breathe fresh air into the now venerable blues-rock form. But they aren't the whole show: Pete Sears, whose keyboard work adds a more varied dimension to Tuna's previously guitar-based sound, second guitarist and vocalist Michael Falzarano ( featured on his "Just My Way" and "Gypsy Fire"), and drummer Harvey Sorgen make up the rest of a tough-edged unit that breathes together --- and rocks -- as a band. There's not a drop of tie-dyed hokum on these guys as they pump through sharp versions of Tuna classics -- "Water Song," "Been So Long," "True Religion," "Watch the North Wind Rise" -- two Jefferson Airplane-era classics -- "Third Week in Chelsea," "Embryonic Journey" -- and such sturdy material as "Funky #7" and "Big Railroad Blues." No,"Hesitation Blues" isn't included here, but if this full-blooded release is any proof there'll be plenty more chances for Jack and Jorma to revisit it throughout the next millennium.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
And Furthurmore... features a performance Hot Tuna gave on the 1998 Further Festival. Naturally, there are several favorites here, including a good version of "Embryonic Journey," but the album is noteworthy for debuting a couple of new songs. These aren't up to the level of the classics, but they're not bad at all, and the overall album is quite solid and a nice addition to their catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/1999
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221406826
catalogNumber:
14068

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