America's Choice

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America's Choice
Studio album by Hot Tuna
Released May 1975
Recorded September - October 1974 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Blues-rock
Label Grunt
Producer Hot Tuna and Mallory Earl
Hot Tuna chronology
The Phosphorescent Rat
(1973)
America's Choice
(1975)
Yellow Fever
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

America's Choice was the fifth album by the American blues rock band Hot Tuna, recorded in 1974, and released in 1975 as Grunt BFL1-0820. The album was also released in Quadraphonic as Grunt BFD1-0820. The first of the "Rampage" trilogy albums (the others being Yellow Fever and Hoppkorv) recorded by the now power trio, it marked a major shift in musical direction by the group. With new drummer Bob Steeler, Tuna now performed in a predominantly hard rock style rather than their previous more acoustic flavored manner.

Seven of the eight songs are Kaukonen originals, the cover being Robert Johnson's "Walkin' Blues". The album is characterized by Kaukonen's multi-layered and hard edged guitar solos and Bob Steeler's frantic drumming, which give a somewhat schizoid feel to the entire proceedings. Songs resonate between the somber and the frenetic, which adds to the moody atmospherics, especially on "Serpent of Dreams" and "I Don't Wanna Go". Three of tracks, "Funky #7", "Invitation" and "Walkin' Blues", often evolved into extended jams when performed live at this time. The album rose to #75 on the Billboard charts.

The album cover art depicts a box of laundry detergent, complete with dripping suds, labeled "America's Choice: Hot Tuna". The lettering and color scheme are loosely based on the style of Tide. On one side of the detergent box, a contents label lists the musicians as the "active ingredients", and also says, "Pure, unadulterated sounds with amplified additives and the necessary polytonal ingredients to handle heavy loads." On another side of the box is a "warning" stating, "This album to be played at full volume for maximum effect." Unedited extended live versions of "Invitation" recorded at the New York York Palladium November 26, 1976 and Santa Clara University May 28, 1977 are available. In 1996, RCA released the CD box set Hot Tuna in a Can which included a remastered version of this album, along with remasters of the albums Hot Tuna, First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, Burgers, and Hoppkorv.

One of the tracks is named "Hit Single #1". Despite its name, it was not released as a single.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jorma Kaukonen, except where noted.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Sleep Song"   4:23
2. "Funky #7" (Jack Casady, Kaukonen) 5:47
3. "Walkin' Blues" (Robert Johnson) 5:22
4. "Invitation"   6:50
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Hit Single #1"   5:10
2. "Serpent of Dreams"   6:52
3. "I Don't Wanna Go"   4:56
4. "Great Divide: Revisited"   5:16

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Hot Tuna, Fishobaby – producer
  • Mallory Earl – producer, engineer
  • Bill Thompson – overseer
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Steve Mantoani – recordist
  • Jeffrey Husband – recordist
  • Michael Casady – equipment
  • Frank Mulvey – cover concept
  • Recorded and Mixed at Wally Heider's Studios, San Francisco
  • Mastered by Rick Collins, Kendun Recorders, Burbank

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