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In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma remains one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana with a history that influenced popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee as well as one of Rolling Stone's "Top 100 Guitarists of All Time," he is a founding member of two ... Read more in Amazon's Jorma Kaukonen Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B00452J5QY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Jorma's first solo album, recorded in 1974 right after the Airplane broke up, is one of THE great acoustic guitar albums of all time; it's also one of the hardest to find on CD, previously available in a limited pressing. But this new, deluxe reissue from RCA sets things right with new digital remastering, new notes and four unreleased bonus tracks, including a version of Embryonic Journey ! Recommended!

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And "Genesis" remains one of the most magical pieces of music ever written.
L. Bissacott
Because you certainly will find some good moments, a lot I want to think, to listen to it.
Jorma Kaukonen is a fantastic guitar player and his vocals are perfect for his style.
Henri de la Garrigue

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By L. Bissacott on November 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'll never forget the fall of 1976. I was working the graveyard shift at a grocery store and my coworkers and I would hook up the radio to the intercom system so music (although acoustically awful) helped us through the night. The disc jockey who also worked all night would tend to play real mellow stuff from 1:00AM to 6:00 AM. I always thought he had great taste, but my co-workers preferred Ted Nugent and that kind of stuff. Every morning, just before his shift ended, he would play this soft gentle song that spoke softly of lost love and a feeling of sadness. It was very gentle, very beautiful and I looked forward to it every morning. I always meant to call him to find out what the song was, and of course I kept putting it off, telling myself I would call him the next day. Well, one night he wasn't on anymore! He left the station. I called and asked every jock on that station if they could tell me what that song was. Of course, none of them knew it. I loved that song and it remained a mystery to me for nine years. In 1985 a buddy of mine that I would trade albums with brought me over a few records and one of them was "Quah" by Jorma. He told me it was a great album with a great song, "Genesis" on it. I told him I would give it a try when I had a chance. About three weeks later, I put the album on one day and when it started , I turned and stared at the stereo! This was the mystery song I had been seeking for the past nine years! I taped the LP and wore that tape out, then got the CD when that was released. It was so great to hear it without the cracks and pops that were on my friend's LP.

Quah is a magical album. I still play it quite often when I need that mellow feeling. And "Genesis" remains one of the most magical pieces of music ever written. It haunts me to this day.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By W. Hetfield on January 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If I were one of these Amazon list writers I would include this on my top ten desert island discs list, greatest acoustic guitar cd's, and in the ten discs that most profoundly influenced me as a guitar player. I could include it on any number of best-of's.
What makes Quah a classic? First off, like ALL "classics" there are no weak cuts. The originals (i.e. Genesis, Hamar Promenade) are some of Jorma's best. The cover versions, besides being flawlessly performed and arranged, are chosen with a tasteful sense of program and continuity.
But that alone doesn't make it a classic. It's "guy" music - great to throw on during that all night poker game. It's "chick" music - put this on during a romantic encounter and I guarantee you the female in question will say either "Oh wow, you have this?" or "Who is this? I really like it." You can't miss either way. Of all of Jorma's recordings, Quah is the most universally appealing. Why? Get it and find out.
Quah is timeless. It doesn't sound dated. Many of my all time favorites have that problem. The production values are exceedingly high for their time. You can really hear Jorma's legendary picking with crystal clarity. To top it off, he delivers perhaps some of the best vocalising of his career.
Now I may be preaching to the choir, because I have never met anyone who didn't like this recording but - if you already have the old Relix reissue I HIGHLY reccomend that you upgrade to this version. The new cuts are worth it and it sounds better.
The three unreleased Tom Hobson cuts are great. What a treat after all these years! The best just got better. The two Tom Hobson cuts have been my favorites. Lord Have Mercy sounds like an instrumental version of another song on Tuna's The Phosphorescent Rat. I won't ruin the hidden track for you - just check it out.
A truly monumental achievment for Jorma and a great listening experience for those of us with ears.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "treestamp" on February 2, 2003
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I have long loved Jorma's Too Hot to Handle, but have never been able to get my hands on Quah until now. It was certainly worth the wait. This album represents Jorma taking a much needed break away from the confines of his former band and returning to more comfortable musical stomping grounds. The shift back into a much better fitting skin did Jorma a wealth of musical good, as one can tell from this album. His original compositions are solid and moving, and they blend superbly with the varied non-Jorma tunes, like his very masterful and impressive renditions of Rev. Gary Davies' tunes and his wickedly brilliant slide-guitar-addled take of blues classic "Another Man Done Gone." As for his guitar playing, one couldn't ask for a better tour of Jorma's command of both blues and fingerstyle guitar. When friend and fellow blues disciple Tom Hobson steps in, he only adds to Jorma's banquet, both with his equally competent guitar playing and his "I've-got-the-right-to-sing-the-blues" vocals. Tom's cowboy-esque "Barrier" makes for a charming finale (along with the following "commercial"), and helps reminds the listener than this album was intended originally to be a joint effort between Jorma and Tom, rather than as a solo debut, as it has commonly been viewed. Additional tracks included, there isn't a single dud on this one. I never heard an original vinyl recording of this album, but I dare say the remastering does this material justice, allowing one to clearly hear the delicate guitar work and the vocal nuances throughout without making it too "clean." The liner notes, too, are an enjoyable and informative read and include explanations for the dually mysterious album title and cover art.Read more ›
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