All Hot Tuna fans seem to have left this forum, or maybe they haven't made up their mind yet. Just like me.
I bought the CD and I am not quite sure what to think of it.
It is obvious that Hot Tuna cleaned up its act in the twenty years since their last studio album, the disappointingly mediocre (I am being nice, lousy is a better word) "Pair A Dice". No more drugs , no more distorted, furious guitars.
Jorma's guitar sounds much cleaner, his playing is more precise. No longer a trio, Jack's bass is not the second lead guitar any more as in Tuna's rampage days. It has a more traditional supportive role. In doing so Hot Tuna lost a lot of its unique approach and sound. This record is well produced, but it sounds more anonymous, less distinctive than the metal albums or even "Burgers". "Mainstream" Americana.
A return to hard driving rock and roll was promised, but there are only a few mid-tempo songs, that have trouble taking off. But all of this can't come as a surprise for those among us who followed Jorma's solo career. Though I hoped for a furious surprise, I really didn't expect one. We are all a lot older since those hazy days.
Despite all that, I think it is a good album, the playing by all musicians is fabulous and in Skoota Warner Hot Tuna has finally an excellent drummer and I like Teresa Williams' backing vocals too (though somehow she reminds me strongly of all those Starship female vocalists like Darby Gould and Diane Mangano). But my main criticism is the selection of songs:
The contributions by others are so plain, to say the least, that it is imcomprehensible why these particular songs were chosen and it is obvious that the best of Reverend Davis' songs have been recorded already. And among Jorma's songs there is none that has the immediate appeal of "Hit Single", "I See The Light" or "Genesis".
So, I like to listen to it, but I am not sure why.
Last edited by redrabid
on Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.