So the other day I wrote that Jorma Kaukonen will be trying 70 next month, oh how time flies! So today courtesy of Wolfgang’s Vault I took a little trip back in time to October 2, 1973 and the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and listened to an acoustic performance from Hot Tuna. The show was recorded a legal defense benefit for Hell’s Angels and was an unexpected acoustic performance featuring many acoustic songs from their recently released album Phosphorescent Rat and a few tracks from Jorma’s solo album Quah. You can read a more detailed account of the concert here. I always enjoy the covers of traditional songs like “Candyman” and “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Lit” and “99 Year Blues”. I also enjoyed the closing
track the 9 plus minute electric “Uncle Sam Blues” and of course the classic “Water Song”.
After Jorma and Jack I listened to a concert from Ten Years After from their first concert at the Filmore on June 28, 1968 after the release of their second album and probably my favorite Undead. As an early Ten Years After performance the concert shows off more of their jazz influences which seemed to fade after Woodstock a year later. “I May Be Wrong, But I Won’t Be Wrong Always” is great as both Chick Churchill’s organ and Leo Lyons bass get a chance to shine along with Alvin Lee’s guitar. Summertime/Shantung Cabbage does the same only this time Rich Lee drums are feature in this instrumental.
My favorite track of the concert is the closing track the cover of Woody Herman’s “Woodchoppers Ball”. On this track Alvin Lee’s guitar playing is the centerpiece, but Chick Churchill’s organ and Leo Lyons bass are not too bad either!!! If you’ve never heard early Ten Years After check them out!!
So thanks Wolfgang for a great trip back in time. Maybe Sunday night will be Wolfgang’s Vault night??