The Phosphorescent Rat

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The Phosphorescent Rat
Studio album by Hot Tuna
Released January 3, 1974
Recorded May - October, 1973 at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Label Grunt
Producer Mallory Earl
Hot Tuna chronology
The Phosphorescent Rat
America's Choice
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]

The Phosphorescent Rat is the fourth album by the blues rock group Hot Tuna, released in early 1974 as Grunt FTR-1010. This was the first Hot Tuna album recorded after guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady had left Jefferson Airplane. They were joined as before by drummer Sammy Piazza, though Papa John Creach had left the band for Jefferson Starship. The band's playing was moving away from the softer, more acoustic sound of their first three albums, and towards a hard rock sound that would be explored on their next three albums.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jorma Kaukonen, except where noted

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I See the Light" 4:15
2. "Letter to the North Star" (also recorded as "Lord Have Mercy" for Quah; released as a bonus track) 2:31
3. "Easy Now" (later re-recorded as "Easy Now Revisited" for Steady as She Goes) 5:10
4. "Corners Without Exits" 3:37
5. "Day to Day Out the Window Blues" 3:26
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "In the Kingdom" 5:26
2. "Seeweed Strut" (instrumental) 3:25
3. "Living Just for You" 3:18
4. "Soliloquy for 2" 3:42
5. "Sally, Where'd You Get Your Liquor From?" (instrumental; Reverend Gary Davis) 2:56


Additional personnel
  • Tom Salisbury – conductor of strings and woodwinds on "Corners Without Exits" and "Soliloquy for 2"
  • Andrew Narell – steel drums on "Living Just for You"
  • Pat Ieraci – production coordinator
  • Mallory Earl – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Steve Mantoani – assistant engineer
  • Marek A. Majewski – cover design
  • Recorded at Wally Heider's, San Francisco
  • Mastered at The Lacquer Channel, Sausalito


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "The Phosphorescent Rat - Hot Tuna | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Breschard, Jack (2011). "Hot Tuna: Phosphorescent Rat : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2011.