First Pull Up, Then Pull Down

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First Pull Up, Then Pull Down
Live album by
ReleasedJune 1971
RecordedApril 1971 at Chateau Liberte, Los Gatos, California
GenreBlues rock
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerJorma Kaukonen
Hot Tuna chronology
Hot Tuna
First Pull Up, Then Pull Down
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(not rated)[2]

First Pull Up, Then Pull Down is the second album by Hot Tuna, released in 1971 as RCA Victor LSP-4550. The album was recorded live with electric instruments, instead of the acoustic instruments used on the previous album, Hot Tuna. The album rose to No. 43 on the Billboard charts. 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, Burgers, America's Choice and Hoppkorv. In Canada, the album reached No. 30 in the RPM Magazine charts where it was shown as Hot Tuna Electric Recorded Live.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."John's Other" (instrumental)Papa John Creach8:12
2."Candy Man"Rev. Gary Davis5:44
3."Been So Long"Jorma Kaukonen3:42
4."Want You to Know"Bo Carter4:26
Side two
1."Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning"Davis8:08
2."Never Happen No More"Blind Blake3:47
3."Come Back Baby"traditional, arranged by Kaukonen9:28


Additional personnel
  • Will Scarlett – harmonica



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. First Pull Up, Then Pull Down at AllMusic. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  2. ^ Bangs, Lester (November 11, 1971). First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, Rolling Stone
  3. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums – August 7, 1971" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Chateau Liberté – Santa Cruz". LocalWiki. Retrieved June 1, 2021. The following piece of history is added by Pearl Regis Owner/Operator of the lease at the Chateau along with her family. Prior to that name (Chateau Liberte), it was called the Redwood Chateau 1965 – 1967 and then Chateau Regis (1967–1971) It was not a "biker" bar until Jim Richardson bought the lease in 1971 and called it Chateau Liberté (which means "House of Freedom")... It started as a stagecoach stop in the mid 19th century, well before Highway 17 or even the Old Santa Cruz Highway was built. In the 20th century it was an inn and restaurant owned by the Samuels family in the 50's. From about 1947 to the mid 60's it was just a restaurant... It was near the town called Holy City, off of the Old Santa Cruz highway. For just $3.00 per month any local family could use the pool and hike the property. They had small horse rodeos and "movie nights" . It went through at least two owners in the 1960's.....Many bands from the Bay Area played here including Hot Tuna, NRPS, Kingfish, Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders, Deep Purple, Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks, and members of Moby Grape. The cover of the first Doobie Brothers album was photographed in the bar...The old Dr. Moore out of San Francisco, who owned the place at the time... Tower of Power played outdoors on a stage in the Redwood trees in 1972 with Blue Mountain. ...According to an old flier, on October 11, 1974 Paul Humphrey debuted with Garcia-Saunders at the Chateau Liberté...Garcia-Sanders was Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia. Chateau Liberté was associated with bikers. First the Gypsy Jokers and later Hells Angels. The bikers also worked there.
  5. ^ Sommer, Paul. "Blue Mountain". KORG USA Inc, District Sales Manager for the Northwest. Archived from the original on April 7, 2004. Retrieved June 1, 2021. Blue Mountain opened for Hot Tuna at Chateau Liberté the night they recorded a live album in 1970.
  6. ^ Johnson, Eric (July–August 2017). "Summer of Lovin'" (PDF). Los Gatos Magazine. Retrieved June 1, 2021. Chateau Liberté...Six miles from downtown Los Gatos... exhibit at New Museum Los Gatos
  7. ^ "Interview with W.J. McKay on the making of the Chateau Liberté documentary". Quaci Magazine. Archived from the original on June 1, 2021. Retrieved June 1, 2021. The large rustic lodge that would come to be known a century later as the Chateau Liberte' was first built in 1865. Several cabins were added to the property and for the next forty years it would serve as the stagecoach stop between Santa Cruz and San Jose, California. In the early 1900's, it would be known by many names, as a bordello, a speakeasy during Prohibition and resorts. It was called The Anchorage from about 1899 to 1919. It was a fine French restaurant in the 1920s called the Chateau Boussy, and it was also known as the Redwood Chateau, Chateau Regis and then finally the Chateau Liberte'.
  8. ^ Singh, Gary (July 28, 2010). "Rock & roll memories linger at Chateau LIberté in the Santa Cruz Mountains". Silicon Alleys. Metro Newspapers. Retrieved June 1, 2021. The Doobie Brothers began in 1970, releasing their self-titled debut the following year. The cover of that album showed the band hanging out at Chateau Liberté, a now-legendary biker bar in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the Doobies got their start. This year, the band releases a new album with a new track, "Back to the Chateau," dedicated to the venue, which existed until the mid-'70s. ... Many bands played at the Chateau, including the earliest version of the Tubes and several offshoots of the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane. Skip Spence of Moby Grape, who had actually introduced the Doobie Brothers to each other, occasionally stayed in a van just outside the chateau. Hot Tuna recorded its live album, First Pull Up, Then Pull Down, at Chateau Liberté. In Jeff Tamarkin's book Got a Revolution, Jorma Kaukonen described the place: "It was a shit-kicking log cabin bar, an old stage stop in 1800s. It had very low ceilings and was down a muddy road. The sound was horrendous. We played there a lot and wanted to do this album there." Previously, in the late 19th century, the building was a stop on the old Wells Fargo stagecoach line from San Jose to Santa Cruz. From 1920 to 1945 it was Chateau Boussy, a French restaurant and luxury hideaway for high-society types and politicians who needed a spot to bring their mistresses.
  9. ^ "Chateau Liberté – Santa Cruz Mountains 1970s". Retrieved August 30, 2021.
  10. ^ Wiley, Neil. "Exploring Mountain Roads". Mountain Network News. Santa Cruz County. Retrieved June 1, 2021. Chateau Liberté, known in its later years as a biker bar, until it closed in 1975. I remember leaving my beer on the counter and slinking away on my little Honda 175 when the Hells Angels came to visit. I remember hearing the Doobie Brothers, Sons of Champlin, and Cold Blood featuring Lydia Pence.
  11. ^ Chateau Liberté owner, George Rabe
  12. ^ "George Rabe – Los Gatos, CA Real Estate Agent". Retrieved June 1, 2021. George currently owns and resides on 72 acres off the Old Santa Cruz Highway in a completely restored, historically famous home formerly known as a Wells Fargo Gold Stop (1870–1890), a French restaurant (1920–1945) known as The Chateau Boussy, and most recently the famous nightclub,The Chateau Liberte (1965–1975).
  13. ^ Hill, Diane (2012). "Doobie Brothers: Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers BluRay – Music News & Reviews". Music Street Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2021. The Doobie Brothers got their start at the Chateau Liberte in Santa Cruz but they first met at the Gaslighter Theatre in Campbell California
  14. ^ Graff, Amy (September 12, 2019). "Doobie Brothers frontman Tom Johnston explains how '70s Bay Area vibes have changed". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 1, 2021. Q:You also played at the famous Chateau Liberté in the Santa Cruz mountains. A: Infamous. It was an extension of the Summer of Love moved to the mountains. There were hippies, Hells Angels, college students, mountain people, musicians. The best way to describe it is it could have only happened then. It would never happen now.