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America's Choice

Hot TunaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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From their days playing together as teenagers to their current acoustic and electric blues, probably no one has more consistently led American music for the last 50 years than Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, the founders and continuing core members of the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna.

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  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B002YUR1VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Their fifth release from 1975, loaded with electric guitar solos. Includes Sleep Song; Funky #7; Invitation and Serpent of Dreams .

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Tuna's "Hottest" Album November 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I know that Hot Tuna was really created to allow Jorma & Jack to explore the acoustic side of things, but this album is my favorite by the combo -and acoustic it ain't. This was Bob Steele's 1st foray with the boys and it was a departure point , back to Jorma & Jack's roots- kick a-- rock & roll. The only song on the collection that is not a frantic dash is the first, Sleep Song. This is the most melodic of the offerings and sets the stage for the rest of the meal. Invitation ended the original side one and leaves me gasping for more. Jorma's mastery of the Fender is punctuated with Steele's frenetic drumming while Jack calmly booms out the pace. Hit Single #1 gives us all a clue as what they really intend, as once again the band is off to the races in a very funky rendition. Watch out America- All of your little r& r bands don't measure up to what the "Pros from Dover" have to offer. The Rock masters from the Airplane were right on again. Subsequent offerings Yellow Fever and Hopkorv had their moments, but America's Choice remains my choice for Hot Tuna's hottest album. Buy it and re-live a golden time. This was the 70's, not that disco stuff that Hollywood insists was the beat of our generation. Long Live Kaukonen and Cassady! Bravo Hot Tuna!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fans of spacey stoner doom take notice! April 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
During the mid-seventies, Hot Tuna adopted a power trio format and made their best records "America's Choice" and "Yellow Fever." While I am partial to the latter, "America's Choice" contains this band's best studio recordings. "Funky #7" is boogie rock at its finest with mind-melting wah-wah and fried, hipster lyrics. "Hit Single #1" is mainstream blues-rock pulled through infinity and twisted up by Jorma's nasal snarl and imagery straight out of a waterfront opium den. It is awesome. "Serpent of Dreams" is my all-time favorite Tuna composition; I could listen to it one million times and want it piped into my coffin once I've shuffled off this mortal coil. The impressionistic and obscure tale told by this song is both evocative and bewildering. There are so many layers of distorted, phased and otherwise warped guitar slithering across each other on this track that hearing it even once may just send you to the outer limits of human comprehension and experience (never to return). If you ever wondered what Robert Johnson would sound like if he could travel across dimensions and injected DMT directly into his pineal gland every 20 seconds, then you should buy this disc.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Tuna-America's Choice; The Peak of Their Powers January 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is apparent from the first moments of Sleep Song that Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have hit the ignition on their newly honed power trio format complete with an exuberent Bob Steeler on Drums and shifted direct into mind-warp speed. The LP's blues-infected escapades that evolve into tightly honed psychedelic electric rock excursions are the best the '70's post-Cream era have to offer. Kaukonen, Casady & Steeler go for broke at the cusp of their musical chemistry and prowess to create a niche not since equalled, defining acid rock not only in terms of raw energy but in style and eloquence at the peak of their substantial musical powers. One is quickly hooked on the testosterone-churning rumbling of an unbelievable Jack Casady anchoring bass hook in Funky #7, over which Kaukonen and Steeler overlay an intricate and mind-blowing musical interplay. Walkin' Blues keeps the boys true to their deeply entrenched musical roots while Invitation and Hit Single #1 keep the trip peaking with the finest Kaukonen guitar statements that will please even the most discriminating blues-rock afficianado. By the time the Serpent of Dreams rears its psychedelic head, the appreciative listener becomes confident they have reached the land of no return, and are ready to revisit the Great Divide forever to satiate the craving for more. It is clear here that at the release of America's Choice(1975), Hot Tuna made a firm commitment to acheive its dream to become a true mainstream success in a then ultra-competitive rock music arena, based solely upon its very own distinct non-sellout sound, style and devotion to its musical ideals in this go-for-broke musical statement. The likes of this bold release would not be surpassed again by these baby-boom musical alchemists, the abilities of whom seem sorely lacking among the contemporary pool of artists at the beginning of this new century.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT F'IN TUNA December 27, 2003
By Sammy
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that made me a true believer. Lots of folks thought they were sour grapes that jumped from the Jefferson Airplane. What a ridiculous album cover. Totally nuts, right? What inane lyrics. Strange version of Walkin' Blues. What a sound Jorma had! Guitars with an edge that went on forever.
This album was actually made with quadrophonic sound when it was originally released in '75. You can hear the pieces of the quad effect at the end of Funky #7. I still think Hit Single #1 should have become one. And let's face it, nobody put on a show like this trio. They would play well over 6 hours on some nights. Who the heck even comes close now?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Electric Hot Tuna Album October 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
AMERICA'S CHOICE is a great electric Hot Tuna album. The songs are all top-notch, and Jorma Kaukonen's guitar playing is hotter than ever. The album seems to be a concept record about making errors and then realizing you need to change your way of doing things- and actually making the changes necessary. This CD inspired me to put pictures of pretty actresses on wall and in my wallet as a deterrent against self-indulgence. If you're starting a Hot Tuna collection, get this one, BURGERS, and YELLOW FEVER first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
hot effing tuna!
Published 2 months ago by SuVi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
full volume enjoyment
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great electric album
This is another hot electric album by Jorma, Jack and company. I didn't like it quite as much as Phosphorescent Rat so I'd actually give it 4 1/2 stars, but it is definitely... Read more
Published 8 months ago by JBP
5.0 out of 5 stars First of the Hot Tuna Rockies?
There might have been a rocker or two on Phosphorescent, but America's Choice was The Tuna's first fully functional hiomicidal rocker. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Johnny P
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest way to turn-on to Heavy-Metal music!
This is now my favorite album because it has the warmth of the 60's, and hard-rock electric guitar and backbeat of what comes afterward. Rock-on!
Published on September 8, 2012 by McEldoy
3.0 out of 5 stars nightmailer
Not real thrilled with this one. I was so impressed with the rich acoustic based arrangements of the first two Hot Tuna albums, I wanted more. Very common sounding electric music.
Published on June 24, 2012 by nightmailer
5.0 out of 5 stars spacey metal from a folk blues group!
HOt tuna changed course here to create some fantastic spacey metal music that is very hard driving to say the least. It even has the theme to 'don kirshners rock concert on here! Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars Choice Hot Tuna
This is another fine album by Hot Tuna. The range of the band is clearly shown in the selections here.
Published on June 15, 2011 by randall j
4.0 out of 5 stars HOT TUNA IN THEIR "HEAVY YEARS"
With this recording Hot Tuna started a particular a period in their lives: the "METAL YEARS"
Infact after "AMERICA'S CHOICE" they became a rock n' roll-hard rock band, instead... Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Leonardo Mirenda
4.0 out of 5 stars HOT TUNA IN THEIR "HEAVY YEARS"
With this recording Hot Tuna started a particular a period in their lives: the "METAL YEARS"
Infact after "AMERICA'S CHOICE" they became a rock n' roll-hard rock band, instead... Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Leonardo Mirenda
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