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Steady As She Goes [CD]

Hot Tuna Audio CD
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From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna.

Now members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the pair began playing together while growing up in ... Read more in Amazon's Hot Tuna Store

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  • Audio CD (18 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Red House Recs
  • ASIN: B004OCCL3E
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuna Bites ****1/2 30 April 2011
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Twenty years on from their last release, and with Jorma Kaukonen having recently turned 70 it's a fair bet that not too many people will have been expecting a new album from Hot Tuna. And even fewer that it would actually turn out to be this good.

Always more interesting than the Airplane from which they were originally launched, Kaukonen and long-time cohort Jack Casady serve up a tasty musical feast that draws liberally from both their acoustic and electric incarnations. Opener "Angel of Darkness" sounds like something they might have borrowed from The Black Crowes, whilst Kaukonen's longstanding obsession with the Reverend Gary Davis is still alive and well, "Children of Zion" and "Mama Let Me Lay It On You" the latest spirited covers.

The rock 'n' rolling "If This Is Love" raises a smile with the protagonist musing "If this is love / I want my money back / I wanna see the man in charge / I want an honourable discharge". Things quieten down somewhat with the poignant "Second Chances", "Smokerise Journey" and "Things That Might Have Been" whilst the infectious toe-tapping acoustic instrumental "Vicksburg Stomp" closes the proceedings in fine style.

Much more polished and "produced" (courtesy of Larry Campbell) than of old, some fans might find it a little too slick (no pun intended!) for their taste but when the songs and the performances are this good, who cares?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth the Wait 8 Jun 2011
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I heard the first track on this album, Angel of Darkness, on Bob Harris Country a few weeks ago, and loved it: three days later I had the album and it did not disappoint. As is the case with many of his contemporaries, Jorma Kaukonen, has, in recent years, returned to his country blues roots, and, whilst I love the mainly acoustic work, it is a real pleasure to hear him and Jack Cassidy together again in a mainly electric context. The original songs sit very well with the covers, and the production and musicianship of Larry Campbell are outstanding. I would thoroughly recommend this album to anyone with a love of Country Blues/Americana in a modern style, yet infused with all the wisdom and knowledge that comes from a lifetime of playing in a traditional way music that is timeless.let's hope we don't have to wait 20 years for the follow up !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jorma 'n' Jack Still Smokin'... 28 April 2011
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
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Sometime Jefferson Airplane alumni Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady set up their Hot Tuna side project over forty years ago now, and with this spanking new album, 'Steady As She Goes', show that there is still a lot of fine musical juice to be squeezed from the band. Not desperately innovative, but far from going through the motions, 'Steady As She Goes' is a blues-rocking treat. There's some wonderful guitar playing from Jorma (so what else is new?), and he and Casady cook up some wonderful grooves throughout. Seriously enjoyable stuff - more, please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Tuna 25 Aug 2011
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Even long time Hot Tuna fans like myself would have to admit that the band's career has been erratic if sometimes brilliant and spoiled by some repetitious releases and indifferent material. That's why this album is such a (wonderful) surprise. Jorma's solo career has been doing deservedly well over the last few years, Jack's solo record was pretty disappointing and I assumed Hot Tuna had been quietly laid to rest. Not so. On this album Jorma and Jack sound totally refreshed and energised, the guitar playing is hot and the addition of a female singer is a welcome boost to Jorma's adequate but limited voice. No, it's not a new Airplane, but it is mighty fine!
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historic 11 April 2011
By L. Ortega - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know what record the others are listening to, but this is a historic Hot Tuna record. I'm not sure how anyone can even compare this to previous Tuna records since they are separated by 20 years. You realize this is the first studio Tuna in 20 years, right?

It rocks. I listened to the Robbie Robertson record (4 stars) and this one back to back and the RR record could be classified as superior easy listening and doesn't rock nearly as much as Steady. And for the guy who can't hear Jack in the mix...all I can say is get a better stereo.

Produced and exquisitely enhanced by uber-musician Larry Campbell at Levon Helm's studio at his ranch. Wow, to be a fly on that wall!

There are covers of the Rev. Gary Davis and originals by Jorma, Jack and Larry. I'm tremendously impressed by this record. Great stories and great tunes done by some of the best musicians on the planet. It's the best new record I've heard since Farm and I listen a lot.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for! 15 April 2011
By William A. Welch - Published on Amazon.com
I didn't order this CD from Amazon. I bought it at Jorma's Fur Peace Ranch last Saturday where we watched Jorma, Jack & Barry perform many of the songs off this album. I thought the songs performed live were pretty good, but this studio produced album is really impressive. I've listened to it several times now and I like it better each time.

I'm amazed at how great Jorma's voice is at 70! Jack still plays a great bass and Barry Mitterhoff is simply amazing. I don't see why it needs to be comapared with an album 40 years ago (I also bought that album 40 years ago and every other one since). It's just great to have a new Hot Tuna album to listen to. I highly recommend this new album.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the 20yr wait 14 April 2011
By J. Goldrich - Published on Amazon.com
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If it were a painting, it would hang in the Louvre. A masterpiece still ringing in my ears.

I purchase the CD as MP3's do not do justice to anything worth keeping. I purposely avoided listening to the quick sample MP3 tracks available on amazon as I wanted no prejudgment. I actually dusted off my ADS 910's and Macintosh equipment to evaluate what a studio album from HOT TUNA would sound like after 20 years of live and DAT shows. OH MY! I closed my eyes and when the CD ended I found myself back where I started... But I had been a wonderful trip for about an hour.
If this don't make you move, your already dead.

(In memory of RDragon)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polished Jewel 22 April 2011
By phishblowz - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with alot of what has been said about the album...it is a good album, with quality material and great Rev. Gary Davis covers...I don't care for Teresa Williams (Larry Campbels wife, NOT Jormas wife!!!) but I think of it like having Donna in the GD circa early 70's, not a good thing, btu not bad enough to tank it!!! I liked it better on the second go round, and I felt there were some good rockers on there, but the band just don't rock like they used to...Jorma IS 70 now, so it is natural that he age gracefully and have a more thoughtful approach to his writing and playing...to the guy who said Jormas picking style isn't on display, I don't know what he has been listening to for the last 20 years...Jorma has transformed into a more technical picker and his skill is on display in this album...it does sound a lot like a Jorma solo album (I can't help but agree with that) as far as lyrics and pickin goes, but Jack stamped it with his unmistakable sound...it is a decent mix of their electric and acoustic approach these days, but I think (as they grow older) the relaxed contemplative songs seem a better fit...they still rock out the classic numbers in concert, but as far as new music, the rockers seem out of place somehow...all in all, it isn't what I expected, but it is a satisfying album in an era when quality music is on the decline...hopefully albums like this (and Robbie Robertson, etc.) help encourage younger folk to listen to the old masters and emulate them...the hit makers today are bastardizing the art of music, people like Jorma are doing a helluva job countering that mind-mush with quality music like that found on this album

technically speaking, I felt Jack was mixed just fine (use some EQ for desired effect) but the album was too clean and polished IMHO...Hot Tuna is rough around the edges, and a little dirty, but this was a squeaky clean album, even the rockers, and it left me feeling a little empty...ultimately it is a good album with great songs that will lend well to their live setting, but as a big fan of live music, I have a hard time getting over the polished studio sound...I give it 4 stars as a good album, but I find myself more looking forward to hearing these songs make the rounds in concert as opposed to listening to the CD repeatedly...you won't be disappointed if you purchase this album, unless Hot Tuna isn't playing anywhere near you for a long time...but there ain't much I could do to help you with that ;)
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not their best; worth buying anyway 6 April 2011
By Rick Brenner - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Tuna and Jorma and Jack and I really wanted to love this CD, looking forward to it. I read where one of the Tuna people said this is their BEST ever album. Sorry, not IMHO. Counting just their studio albums, the only one this is better than is Pair Of Dice Found. It certainly isn't as good as their first album (Hot Tuna), First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, Burgers, Phosphorescent Rat, America's Choice, Yellow Fever (their BEST!), or Hoppkorv.

But of course it depends on individual taste in types of music. I like the harder electric stuff.

I notice there isn't much of Jorma's signature incredible finger picking style in this album. And I know he is still capable of it because he did plenty of it in a recent concert I was at. This album has some fun songs and I like it, but it's not Jorma guitar at it's best.

That being said, it's worth buying anyway. I love Tuna and will always buy their stuff. They are better live though.
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