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Hot Tuna — Water Song
Album: Burgers
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 1846









Released: 1972
Length: 5:12
Plays (last 30 days): 3
(Instrumental)
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 Proclivities wrote:

"Bearded girlfriends"?  
 
It is 2020 after all... Bearded ladies aren't a circus thing anymore 
Love me some Jorma.  I saw him and Jack Casady about four years ago at the Rio in Santa Cruz and they were awesome.  I really miss live music these days.
It's a lot older than it sounds.
This never gets old .... I can just lean back and float way on it ....
 TerryS wrote:
Time to get me Hot Tuna T shirt out......
Worn that T-shirt out.....time to get another. 

ELEVENTY
Jorma will be streaming live this Saturday, 5/16/20. Check his website for the youtubes link
 bitbanger wrote:
Saw them in the Hershey Park Arena with Papa John. Dang, what a show. Saw Starship shortly thereafter. Thought the best part of the Airplane left to HT.



Saw Hot Tuna with Papa John at a basement club in the Village in NYC...Cafe Wha'.
Butterfield was also on the bill and then at the end both bands were jammin'...

Tony in NJ
W.A.S.T.E.
 

 stephen.king12101 wrote:
I love Hot Tuna Big time We used to catch them live way back when
 
I'm still catching them live every year, last time was February!
 ForeverJerry wrote:
Jorma&Jack. What a beauty....
 

Follow on from 'Ripple' - wordless appreciation!!  'Nuff said!
I love the bass in this, very crunchy  
Saw them at Oswego New York at the college in 1977 thinking it would like Quah but instead it was loud, loud rockets. Just as good though. HFT
 Proclivities wrote:

"Bearded girlfriends"?  
 
Downstairs.
 TerrorGovernor wrote:
Skinny dipping with my bearded friends and girlfriends
 
"Bearded girlfriends"?  
This is the song that made me understand what Hot Tuna was all about.
 ger-man wrote:
Wenn ein Sender ein Hot Tuna Instrumental spielt, ist das ein absolutes Qualitätsmerkmal. 
 
Yeah really great piece of music, RP is the best station in the world
Jorma&Jack. What a beauty....
Pure joy.
Always a 10 from me....
The opening of the song makes me think Indigo Girls...anyone else?
I love Hot Tuna Big time We used to catch them live way back when
 dublanica wrote:
Jorma is the best rock instrumentalist ever.  This and "Embryonic Journey" when with Jefferson Airplane are as good as you can ever get!  Nice!
 
Plus, kudos to Jack Casady as well.  The best bass player bar none.  What a combination!
Jorma is the best rock instrumentalist ever.  This and "Embryonic Journey" when with Jefferson Airplane are as good as you can ever get!  Nice!
I think I've herd this here now four times in the last month.

That is not a complaint.
Gotta bump it to an 8. Great stuff!
 arserocket wrote:
beautiful guitar work (clappy clappy emoticon)
 

The drumming's pretty snazzy too.

Love the Wikipedia pic of Jorma et al playing at the Somerville Theater in Somerville, MA. I lived within walking distance of it for 2ish years...
I love how this builds up. At the beginning it seems so quiet and a bit flat, but wastes no time adding the drums and bass, and additional guitars. It plays a couple of variations on a theme that swell with passage, until it wraps up with three simple notes. 

Just a beautiful song that does not ever seem to wear out, even after almost 50 years.
As usual, absolutely amazing bass playing from Jack Casady.  
Nice. I thought I was hearing Leo Kottke.
Very nice. One would never ever know if not already knowing that two fellows here had anything to do with Jefferson Airplane. Even though it's from about the same time period, there is almost zero resemblance in music style. Although JA had some acoustic tracks, this one is different, better.  
ahhhhh!  NOT enough Tuna!  Jorma is responsible for 2 of the greatest rock instrumentals of all-time!   This and "Embryonic Journey". 
Wenn ein Sender ein Hot Tuna Instrumental spielt, ist das ein absolutes Qualitätsmerkmal. 
This one will always be a classic RP tune for me. Thanks Bill!
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
My all time favorite instrumental by Jorma Kaukonen.  Amazing and always wonderful.  What a master he is.
 

Still is.  It is playing now and these words were exactly what I wanted to say.  I guess I am consistent.  :)
beautiful guitar work (clappy clappy emoticon)


☮️
tune in toke up turn it up!
always turn this up
Jorma and I are friends and ride motorcycles together every summer.  He has a guitar clinic here in southern Ohio and if you've never heard of it please take a minute and check it out.  It's a dream come true for me...  Fur Peace Ranch.com
 snitramc wrote:
I like this song, but I heard it on RP last Thursday (11/1/18) around 5:00 pm CDT. WTH? Are you just playing tapes of shows now?
 

Are you crazy?! Bill and Rebecca painstakingly hand-select every song and take turns spinning them personally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! How dare you think otherwise! 
Ahhhh, my fav! Thanks Bill!
I like this song, but I heard it on RP last Thursday (11/1/18) around 5:00 pm CDT. WTH? Are you just playing tapes of shows now?
Probably my fav song of all time...
Skinny dipping with my bearded friends and girlfriends
What I posted earlier. Thanks yet again Bill as always! Fellow fans, all is revealed in Jorma's book. Quite a walk through his life. If you yourself are that much of a fan or know someone who is then this book is a must read and a great gift. 
 
Jormas Book
 
Bill knows I'm logged in and listening! Thank you again sir!
Hello, i think this album was realesed (remix) the 26 septembre 2015 and not 1972 ? Isn't it ?
 skyian wrote:
One of the best songs ever written. It's up there with Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture as the most amazing piece  of music ever written.
 

 
Well all right Skyian!  I love your enthusiasm!
Top tune, luv the fuzzy bass!
 joelbb wrote:
As good as he was, Jorma was always obscured by Hendrix, Clapton, etc.  And Jack Casady was just one awesome R&R bassist, maybe THE best.  These Hot Tuna albums have way more than their share of virtuoso musicianship (Poppa John Creech was no slouch, either).

 
{#Notworthy}
One of the best songs ever written. It's up there with Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture as the most amazing piece  of music ever written.
 
 chinaski wrote:
Today Dec. 23, 2015 is Jorma's 75th birthday. Where does the time go? I've seen he and Jack in concert from coast to coast 56 times since from back in the day up until this year. Can't wait for the next show.  Jormaaaa!!! Hot Fckin' Tuna!!! 
(Never did shout that out loud during their shows. Always had way too many others whistling and doing that and they didn't need my help)

*Pfffft*  *Pfffft*   *cough...cough*   'ere!

 
Cheers!   (Pfffffffftttttttttt - kmmmmph, Pfffttt - kmmph -            wooooooooooosssshhhhhhhh aaaaahhhhhh yeah man pass it on : )
A1
Pure joy!
My all time favorite instrumental by Jorma Kaukonen.  Amazing and always wonderful.  What a master he is.
Lovely bass played high up on the fretboard - more Hot Tuna please!
Transcendent.
Memories of The Old Waldorf- SF, early 70's..... Thank you RP, i needed that!  
there was so much music when this came out
i had it and didn't get around to it for maybe just a half dozen plays
i had crates and crates of albums 
Very nice instrumental
Today Dec. 23, 2015 is Jorma's 75th birthday. Where does the time go? I've seen he and Jack in concert from coast to coast 56 times since from back in the day up until this year. Can't wait for the next show.  Jormaaaa!!! Hot Fckin' Tuna!!! 
(Never did shout that out loud during their shows. Always had way too many others whistling and doing that and they didn't need my help)

*Pfffft*  *Pfffft*   *cough...cough*   'ere!
In heavy rotation up in New Paltz back in the day
AWE INSPIRING. Bumping from 9 to 10.
Aaaaaah!  helps me stretch away nighttime stiffness, bend and twist to the glorious sounds, and breeeeaaathhhe in the new day
Appropriate song for today when Northern Calif is being drenched with much needed water from the sky !

and I love love love this tune, Jorma and Jack are in such good form! 
Casady is the most amazing bassist.
Can I rate it 10 again?

If you like this, check out Quah.
For those of you who use Spotify, Hot Tuna must have at least 50 full concerts.  The earliest one was from 1976 and the most recent from earlier this year.
10

(would pop the cassette of Burgers into my lil CJ5's stereo, no canvas top just big blue sky, delicious wind and Jorma's magic fingers taking me away … : )
Wow. I didn't know this song, but was enjoying listening so had a look what it was. This album came out in 1972, yet the music is completely current and could have been made last week.
Love this. Can't help but think of 'XPN. 
 d-don wrote:
No one quite like Jorma. 
 
Or Jack.
Have always loved this piece. And have always thought it was an instrumental by the Doobie Brothers…. until now.

Brother Bill has set me straight. 
Played the snot out of this album and this track back in the day
One of those "stop everything and listen" cuts
No one quite like Jorma. 
great crisp drum set--like Levon's.
One of the absolute hidden gems of the era.

YAY!
Bliss.
Has always been an absolute favorite of mine. A nearly perfect song.
I'd heard good things about Hot Tuna from the comments here on RP, but I've not heard them before. Fantastic band!
It took me a few moments to realise it was NOT that Led Zeppelin song with a very similar guitar in the intro. I can't think of the title right now.
Time to get me Hot Tuna T shirt out......
Hot Tuna swept through Santa Cruz a few months ago, so happy to see Jack again!

The encore: Water Song !!

Ho boy, was I ecstatic!  My GF, not knowing their catalogue, wasn't quite sure why I was jumping up and down, until she got a drift of the song after the first couple of measures.

Man, that semi-hollow bass, we lovin' it! And Jorma's custom Martin, those boys know sound. :-)
 Go Jorma! I've loved this song ever since hearing it when it first came out. So pure, clean, a good spirit to it.
Bill you awesome Hippie you!  {#Bananajumprope}

Water Song, the ultimate song for my running play list while I run the Carmel/Big Sur Coast.  Magical, transformative!  I heard this in my teens and in my early 50's, still one of the most beautiful transcendental pieces ever.  Beautiful combination of a driving base and uplifting rythym melody.  LOVE IT!


Saw them in the Hershey Park Arena with Papa John. Dang, what a show. Saw Starship shortly thereafter. Thought the best part of the Airplane left to HT.


A Timeless Beauty!
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Jamtastic... Jack has a wonderful bass sound!
 
ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
Jamtastic... Jack has a wonderful bass sound!
 
I saw HT in Houston.  JC just kinda semi-sqautted, cranked up that Alembic base and elevated the frickin' stage.  I'll never forget it.
As good as he was, Jorma was always obscured by Hendrix, Clapton, etc.  And Jack Casady was just one awesome R&R bassist, maybe THE best.  These Hot Tuna albums have way more than their share of virtuoso musicianship (Poppa John Creech was no slouch, either).
 mrdak wrote:
One of the nicest chord progressions ever written .. {#Good-vibes}
 
Agreed!!!
One of the nicest chord progressions ever written .. {#Good-vibes}
Jamtastic... Jack has a wonderful bass sound!
More Tuna! More Jorma!!!
HyvÀ Jorma!
am enjoying all the water songs on the day of the first real winter rain in Israel
 kid_charlemagne wrote:
I first heard this on now-defunct WDBS-FM (the brilliant Duke University student-run station) back in 1972. Wonderful then, more wonderful now!
 
Woah, dude! I remember WDBS very fondly! I even sorta knew "Doctor Dave" Searles and the rest of the crew from the mid- to late-70s!

Great station and great people - them was the days! 
 clarabowdo wrote:
Takes me back to High School days.  {#Lol}
 

Oh yeah, ninth grade, learning to drive, trying to see how loud I could go before my Dad got annoyed {#Yes}
HOT TUNA have a new album - 2010 or even 2011!
Takes me back to High School days.  {#Lol}
I liked Handel's version better. {#Wink}
 Cynaera wrote:
This has such a good groove to it - I could listen for hours and not get tired of it! {#Bounce}
  It's just so perfect. It sounds like water. Beautiful.


 Cynaera wrote:

Are you referring to the Allman Brothers Band's "Jessica" by chance?  Or Jessica Simpson?  Either way, you're right.  (I love "Jessica" because of the sheer tunefulness and the magic of Gregg and Duane.)  And I love this song, because, well, HOT TUNA!  {#Bounce}{#Sunny}
 
I don't believe Duane played on "Jessica."  He had passed away during the making of the previous album, "Eat a Peach."
The guitarist on "Jessica" was Dicky Betts, no slouch himself.


Go Jorma and company!!{#Wink}
 iam_overlord wrote:
It ain't no Jessica.
 
Are you referring to the Allman Brothers Band's "Jessica" by chance?  Or Jessica Simpson?  Either way, you're right.  (I love "Jessica" because of the sheer tunefulness and the magic of Gregg and Duane.)  And I love this song, because, well, HOT TUNA!  {#Bounce}{#Sunny}
I got to learn this song from Jorma at his camp and it still sends shivers up my spine and down my fingers to hear him play it.  {#Guitarist}
It ain't no Jessica.
Jack Cassady.  w00t!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!
This has such a good groove to it - I could listen for hours and not get tired of it! {#Bounce}
I first heard this on now-defunct WDBS-FM (the brilliant Duke University student-run station) back in 1972. Wonderful then, more wonderful now!

Side note; this is another one of those tunes that I believe was in RPs initial rotation when it all started and I heard it first back in ought 1, thanks RP!{#Cheers}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Yes, one of may all time favorite instrumentals!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
 
Mine also, still have the vinyl LP of it....{#Music}
Yes, one of may all time favorite instrumentals!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
Just made my day...


love it...


 aurora1957 wrote:
just upped my rating to a 10. what was I thinking? lol
 
Yep. If this isn't a 10, nothing is.

just upped my rating to a 10. what was I thinking? lol
Wow! Awesome...never heard of them, but strangely enough, I have had a Hot Tuna t-shirt for the last 10 years  {#Think}