The brilliant sounding Live at the New Orleans House Berkeley, CA 9/69, a 68-minute gem of a live recording, takes us back to an intimate acoustic performance by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.
Digging deep into their bag of American folk and “country blues” chestnuts, Kaukonen, Casady and harp player Will Scarlet put down a pristine set of their now famous brand of acoustic music. Rolling through classic versions of songs (Lightning Hopkins’ “Come Back Baby,” Bob Carleton’s “Keep on Truckin’,” Reverend Gary Davis’ “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” “Candy Man,” and “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”), well-played traditionals (“Know You Rider”Uncle Sam’s Blues”), as well as Jorma’s own compositions (“True Religion” and “Sea Child”), the performance was recorded as potential material for the band’s debut album (1970’s Hot Tuna). Although it didn’t make it onto vinyl, the live set ranks right up there with the best professionally recorded Tuna available.
Live at the New Orleans House Berkeley, CA 9/69 is a nice early document of Jorma and Jack’s side project away from the Jefferson Airplane.
Live at the New Orleans House Berkeley, CA 9/69 is out now on Collector’s Choice Live