The Best of Hot Tuna

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This two-disc compilation of RCA recordings, made between 1969 and 1977, traces Hot Tuna's evolution from an acoustic folk-blues group to an electric blues-rock band, and then to a near-heavy metal ensemble, and from a repertoire dominated by covers of songs by blues guitarists like the Reverend Gary Davis to one consisting largely of original material written by guitarist/singer Jorma Kaukonen. Actually, the transitions are not that dramatic, since Kaukonen continues to favor the same kinds of guitar figures whether he's playing acoustic or electric, and his own songs, albeit with more abstract lyrics, are steeped in the traditions that produced the cover material. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This two-disc compilation of RCA recordings, made between 1969 and 1977, traces Hot Tuna's evolution from an acoustic folk-blues group to an electric blues-rock band, and then to a near-heavy metal ensemble, and from a repertoire dominated by covers of songs by blues guitarists like the Reverend Gary Davis to one consisting largely of original material written by guitarist/singer Jorma Kaukonen. Actually, the transitions are not that dramatic, since Kaukonen continues to favor the same kinds of guitar figures whether he's playing acoustic or electric, and his own songs, albeit with more abstract lyrics, are steeped in the traditions that produced the cover material. The compilers might have pleased Hot Tuna fans by placing more emphasis on the group's jamming abilities, including more of its live material "Death Don't Have No Mercy" is especially missed, and saved some of the Kaukonen compositions for a "best of Jorma" album. But that is not to say that the compilation isn't a balanced, representative condensation of Hot Tuna's career on RCA; it is. It's just that, like the Grateful Dead's, Hot Tuna's studio albums didn't necessarily reflect the best of the group as a performing unit. Note that the set includes a rare studio version of "Been So Long" originally released as a single and a previously unreleased 1977 live version of "Rock Me Baby."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/28/1998
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636769226
  • Catalog Number: 67692
  • Sales rank: 62,544

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hot Tuna Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jorma Kaukonen Guitar, Vocals
Jack Casady Bass
Technical Credits
Hot Tuna Producer
Jorma Kaukonen Arranger, Producer, Contributor
Grace Slick Illustrations
Jack Casady Arranger, Contributor
Mallory Earl Producer
Harry Maslin Producer
Felix Pappalardi Producer
Al Schmitt Producer
Allen Zentz Engineer
Henry Marquez Art Direction
Paul Williams Tape Research
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