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Rock - Released January 18, 2019 | Rhino

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Rock - Released June 27, 2019 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released November 9, 2018 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Pop/Rock - Released January 29, 2009 | Legacy Recordings

Issued in 1979, Final Vinyl gathers ten tracks from Hot Tuna's first eight LPs. While the tune stack is packed with enthusiast favorites, there are notable omissions and even a few questionable inclusions -- most particularly "Day to Day out the Window Blues" from the Phosphorescent Rat (1973) album. That small caveat aside, this single-disc release is an apt revisitation of the first eight-year run of what initially began as a Jefferson Airplane side project by Jorma Kaukonen (lead guitar) and Jack Casady (bass). The band's first long-player consisted of acoustic traditional blues covers such as "Hesitation Blues" as well as hard-drivin' reworkings of similar material from the likes of Rev. Gary Davis ("Candy Man"). That was, of course, in addition to contributions from Kaukonen and occasionally Casady -- as exemplified on "Funky #7." Hot Tuna also offered exceptional acoustic as well as electric musicianship. The duo expanded their horizons from their self-titled debut to include "Papa" John Creech (violin), Sammy Piazza (drums), and Will Scarlett (mouth harp) on their second long-player, First Pull up, Then Pull Down (1971). Although both albums are somewhat meagerly represented by one track apiece, the inclusions reveal the instrumental prowess inherent in each. Although Burgers (1972) and Phosphorescent Rat (1973) are both denoted by a pair of tunes, the selections seem a bit random and incidental. This can likewise be said of the remainder -- especially Double Dose (1978), from which "I Wish You Would" is taken. Practically any of the other material would have been more appropriate -- such as the understated reading of "Genesis." Granted the tune was not a Tuna track -- as it originated on Kaukonen's solo debut Quah. Inclined parties are best served by the two-CD Best of Hot Tuna (1998), which contains a much broader and more accurate collection from the same era. ~ Lindsay Planer
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Rock - Released August 7, 2015 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Country - Released July 12, 2011 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released January 19, 2018 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released October 21, 2016 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Pop/Rock - Released November 6, 1990 | Epic

Hot Tuna's first new album release in more than a decade, Pair a Dice Found was perhaps the band's most commercial, yet poorest selling, major-label effort. Unlike the Hot Tuna of the 1970s, this edition, again fronted by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, was not a groove-oriented showcase for Kaukonen's songwriting and guitar prowess on old blues standards. Instead, Kaukonen had only three compositions on the record, while the closest thing to the old repertoire was the Jesse Fuller nugget "San Francisco Bay Blues." Second guitarist Michael Falzarano, in contrast, had five songs, and there was even a cover of the old Barry McGuire folk-rock protest hit "Eve of Destruction." Tuna fans ignored the release, and Epic failed to woo the new audience for whom the record seemed to be intended. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Rock - Released September 6, 2019 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released February 23, 2018 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Country - Released August 23, 2011 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released July 27, 2010 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released December 27, 2011 | RCA - Legacy

Originally an offshoot of the band Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, led by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady from the Airplane, took refuge from that band's psychedelic rock format to play stripped-down, jammed-out, and often acoustic sets of folk-blues, a path Hot Tuna continue to follow some 40 years later. This 12-track set includes live performances drawn from shows held between 1969 and 1977, including fine versions of blues classics "Hesitation Blues," "How Long Blues," "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning," and others. ~ Steve Leggett
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Rock - Released June 9, 2017 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released May 4, 2017 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released September 2, 2016 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released January 11, 2019 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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Rock - Released August 30, 2019 | Hot Tuna Ltd.

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