July 29, 2011 Playlist

"Yellow Fever" by Hot Tuna (1975)
Hot Tuna  "Yellow Fever"  1975 (USA)
Hot Tuna have just released their first studio album in 20 years.  This bluesrock jam duo features Jefferson Airplane founders Jorma Kaukonen on guitar & vocals and Jack Casady on bass.  They first started as an Airplane side project in the late 1960's, but became Jack & Jorma's main band when they quit the Jeffersons in 1973.  Most of their releases have been live albums, but they produced a pair of classic studio albums in 1975, this week's CAOTW and America's Choice.  These stripped-down funky bluesy heavy trippy power trio recordings sound a lot like the best jammy moments of Jefferson Airplane, minus the pop and art pretensions of that group's singers Grace, Paul and Marty.
Here's a good example of early Tuna in electric mode, "Come Back Baby" from 1972, and a recent performance of a song from this album, Jerry Reed's blues classic "Baby What You Want Me To Do".  And here's Jorma and Jack with Jefferson Airplane back in 1968: "The House Of Pooneil Corners", a legendary clip of the band freaking out the squares in NYC!
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
Can Bel Air Future Days 1973 Germany
Hot Tuna Baby What You Want Me To Do (Jimmy Reed) Yellow Fever
1975 USA
Hot Tuna A Little Faster Steady As She Goes (N) 2011 (Red House) USA
Jefferson Airplane Third Week In The Chelsea Bark 1971 USA
Hot Tuna Bar Room Crystal Ball Yellow Fever
1975 USA
Oriental Rugs Jungle 2 Jungle Oriental Drugs EP (N) 2011 (Plustapes) USA
America (R - RIP Dan Peek) Ventura Highway Homecoming 1972 USA
David Bowie Station To Station (R) Station To Station 1976 UK
The Giraffes The Kids  Ruled (N) 2011 (Crustacean) USA
Ungrateful Are The Dead Hisingen Blues (N) 2011 (Nuclear Blast) Sweden
Vibravoid No Silver Bird (Hooterville Trolley) Roqueting Through Space (N - various artists) 2011 (Fruits De Mer) Germany
The Cynics Zombie Walk Spinning Wheel Motel (N) 2011 (Get Hip) USA
The Grand Astoria Ominabsence Omnipresence (N) 2011 (self release) Russia
The Luck Of Eden Hall
Chrysalide Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 (N) 2011 (self release) USA
The Black Lips
The Lie Arabia Mountain (N) 2011 (Vice) USA
The Feelies On And On Here Before (N) 2011 (Bar/None) USA
Neil Young & The International Harvesters
Southern Pacific (live) A Treasure (N) rec. 1984-85 (2011 Reprise) Canada/USA
Joan Of Arc I Saw The Messed Binds Of My Generation Life Like (N)
2011 (Polyvinyl) USA
Jookabox Cold Solution The Eyes Of The Fly (N) 2011 (Asthmatic Kitty) USA
The Grateful Dead China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider (live) Audience Recording July 21, 1974 Hollywood Bowl 1974 USA
The Grateful Dead Blues For Allah (live) Audience Recording June 17, 1975 Winterland 1975 USA
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