Published: 11/11/2017 14:30 - Updated: 11/11/2017 14:38

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Written byKevin Bryan

Hot Tuna, "Live at New Orleans House, Berkeley,CA 9/69" (Retroworld)- Banff BeatsGuitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady first formed Hot Tuna  when they were compelled  to take a break from their activities with Jefferson Airplane as they waited for  vocalist Grace Slick  to recover from  throat surgery in 1969. The two musicians are still striving manfully to  keep  the band's name alive today, but this new Retroworld CD focusses attention on some archive recordings from their very early days as Kaukonen and Casady immerse themselves in the rootsy delights of a splendid acoustic set featuring affectionate revamps of  songs made famous by giants of the blues and jazz genres such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Rev.Gary Davis and Jelly Roll Morton to name but a few.

Snafu, "Live Nottingham 1976" (Angel Air)- Snafu were nearing the end of their brief existence when this muscular performance was captured for posterity at Trent Polytechnic in  January 1976. The outfit formed by one-time Procol Harum drummer Bobby Harrison had recorded three critically acclaimed albums by this stage but commercial success had largely eluded them and the departure of slide guitarist Micky Moody for pastures new with Whitesnake effectively signalled the end of the road for Snafu's robust fusion of blues, funk and country rock. "Highway" and the soulful "Every Little Bit Hurts" are the best of the bunch.

Christy Moore,"On The Road" (Sony Music)-This life affirming celebration of the cream  of Christy Moore's back catalogue was recorded  live at seventeen different venues  around  the British Isles, including  London, Glasgow and Galway. This is the first time that all of Christy's perennial crowd pleasers have been brought together on one album, and as an introduction to the great man's  unique repertoire "On The Road" is well nigh indispensable. The artist who Irish  broadcaster  RTE once hailed as the country's greatest living musician  is in typically compelling form here as he alternates between the gentle romanticism of  "Nancy Spain" and "Beeswing" and  emotionally charged renditions of rousing ditties such as "Viva La Quinte Brigada" and The Pogues' "Fairy Tale of New York."

 Glen Campbell, "Live Anthology 1972-2001" (Wienerworld)- Arkansas born Campbell may have sold in excessof 45 million records during the course of a career which spanned more than half a century but it's certainly arguable that his peerless skills as a singer and guitarist were never fully appreciated by the  more image conscious members of the rock fraternity. This easy on the ear CD/DVD package features concert recordings of  many of Glen's finest MOR  hits , including a string of classic Jim Webb creations led by "By The Time I Get To Phoenix,""Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston."

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