Hot Tuna – First Pull Up Then Pull Down (1971)

Artist Credit
Blind Blake Composer
Bo Carter Composer
Jack Casady Composer, Group Member, Guitar (Bass), Photography, Vocals
Papa John Creach Composer, Group Member, Violin, Vocals
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
Mike Frankel Photography
Lightnin’ Hopkins Composer
Hot Tuna Primary Artist
Jorma Kaukonen Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Vocals
Margareta Kaukonen Drawing
Sammy Piazza Drums, Group Member, Vocals
Will Scarlett Group Member, Harmonica
Traditional Composer
Paul Williams Reissue Producer
Allen Zentz Engineer

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 #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 TunaBurgersAmerica’s Choice and Hoppkorv. In Canada, the album reached #30 in the RPM Magazine charts where it was shown as Hot Tuna Electric Recorded Live.

While the first Hot Tuna album had comprised an acoustic trio featuring Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Will Scarlet, the second album added violinist Papa John Creach and drummer Sammy Piazza, and most significantly, it added electricity. Now the sound was closer to Kaukonen’s features in Jefferson Airplane. The highlight was the eight-minute “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning,” although “Candy Man” also became a concert favorite.

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