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Hot Tuna — Water Song
Album: Burgers
Avg rating:
7.9

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Total ratings: 1444









Released: 1972
Length: 5:12
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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 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}
What a funny band name.
What a great song. 
OMG!!!!! now this is one of the most beautiful songs in exsistence!!!
Wow!  Unexpectedly tasty!  Very nice.  
nice!

i too have seen the Tuna a few times (1980's-2000's)

don't fault me for being born too late!
 Saw Hot Tuna at the twilight inn near Tanglewood MA a long time ago,  Twilight Inn was primarily a farmers field, that held
afternoon concerts and had to end at 8PM when the Symphony started at Tanglewood.  In typical Tuna fashion, they were not ready to stop, so they asked us all to huddle up close to the stage, turned down the amps and played for 2 more hours. Outstanding!!!!  Thanks for bringing this back Bill 
{#Music}   Great bass!

Concert photo from Truckee, CA, a couple of summers ago.



 leftcoast wrote:
This tune was the theme for SOME show on NPR.....................or somewhere...... long long ago.
that was the first time I heard of Hot Tuna.
 
The Daily Planet.


Thanks Bill!

This tune was the theme for SOME show on NPR.....................or somewhere...... long long ago.
that was the first time I heard of Hot Tuna.

a little sheltered, i know..............
although not really representative of Hot Tuna's list of songs....it remains one of my favorites.  Jorma lives just across the Ohio River from us and still performs quite a bit.  What a talented duo he and jack are!
First saw them probably mid-1970 at the Bear's Lair on campus at Berkeley. It was billed as either their debut or the-one-after-the-debut...not really sure. The two of them did an acoustic set. Then they brought out a drummer for an electric set. No Will Scarlett that I recall. The buzz was that Marty, Paul, and/or Grace would show up, but they didn't. Great show.
spudboy wrote:
Papa John!!! I saw Hot Tuna with him in Passaic NJ around 1981. No smoking in the theatre...the bathroom was a scene! At one point Papa John's solo broke a few bulbs on the ceiling and the chards came raining down on the crowd. Good times.
There was certainly smoking in The Capital Theater in the 70's!!
Alifreckles50 wrote:
a friend just saw Jorma and Jack play in Virginia a couple of months ago. said they still put on quite a show. this tune is still just so beautiful to hear. Happy Hot Tuna Times!
Awesome that these guys are still together. It's been decades since I last heard them. I like it!
copymonkey wrote:
I was groaning and rolling my eyes as soon as Bill said "Hot Tuna", thinking "oh no here we go with another one of Bill's 60s noodle-rock yawnfests". When lo-and-behold, the song turns out to be quite cool. Not planning on buying a burka anytime soon but...Go Jorma!
Life's a cartoon for you, isn't it?
nab3arch wrote:
timeless classic
So true, friend. 10 for the music and the memories, priceless!
a friend just saw Jorma and Jack play in Virginia a couple of months ago. said they still put on quite a show. this tune is still just so beautiful to hear. Happy Hot Tuna Times!
Excellent! :-) Lovin' it .... so good to hear this tune again. Timeless.
Mmm...just feed it to the cat
:music:
A fantasticlittle tune with that great signature bass work; but time marches on and Jack Casady just doesn't play like this anymore. You'll still get your money's worth at a Hot Tuna show, though. Expect lots of gray hair.

Hello, Alpine wrote:
Well. I'm sure Kottke's version is nothing like Airplane's. From what I hear from Kottke, I think he stinks. Doesn't he do anything original? Covers of Airplane and Fleetwood Mac? Give me a break Leo........
You are entitled to your own opinion -- Leo Kottke is one of the most original acoustic guitar players ever, and if you have only heard two of his songs (that happen to be covers), then you owe it to yourself to listen to others. He plays a mean 12 string, does finger picking that makes you think he's got at least 12 fingers. (click here) He's been recording since the 60's and he is a wonderful guitarist. (click here) Sincerely, Neil
jinthefields wrote:
Check out where Jorma and Jack are now. They're living in a beautiful part of Southern Ohio teaching and playing music from their ranch... a very clean, drug-free environment: www.furpeaceranch.com
Very cool, lots of great shows too.
Loves me some Hot Tuna Burgers