Thursday, January 08, 2009

Electric Hot Tuna - 1976-09-11 - Long Island Arena Commack NY

First some context from Wikipedia:
"The year 1974 marked a departure from their primarily bluesy, acoustic style when Hot Tuna morphed into a heavy rock band. The albums America's Choice (1975), Yellow Fever (1975), and Hoppkorv (1976), showcase a power trio with the addition of new drummer Bob Steeler. This trilogy is referred to by the group as their "rampage years."...Hot Tuna live performances during this period were typified by free-flow improvisational jams and very long sets (up to six hours uninterrupted) with extended versions of their studio material. Because of this, they are often considered a forerunner of modern jam bands..."
This is one of those shows with "very long sets"...

Recently put out for free by the band through its digital download site, this show is two sets, 30 songs and clocks in at 4 hours, 55 minutes and 2 seconds...crazy...

Along the way there are over the top versions of many Tuna war horses...Serpent of Dreams, Water Song, 28+ minutes worth of Funky #7, etc...This band is more Black Sabbath than Summer of Love.

This download amounts to a four disc set. The band is Jorma Kaukonen on guitar and vocals, Jack Casady on bass and Bob Steeler on drums.

Download:
Electric Hot Tuna - 1976 September 11th Long Island Arena Commack NY

Dig the Tuna posts in the Concert Crypt.