Originally released on Grunt. While Hot Tuna will forever be known first & foremost as an acoustic-based outfit, their 1976 release, 'HOPPKORV', showed that the band could rock with the best of them as well. 'HOPPKORV' remains one of Tuna's most straightforward releases compositionally & musically, as none of the tracks are extended by lengthy jams, giving the entire album an enticing 'wham bam thank you m'am' feel. Kaukonen & Casady get back to basics on such highlights as covers of Chuck Berry's 'Talkin' Bout You' & Buddy Holly's 'It's So Easy,' while the Kaukonen-penned 'Watch the North Wind Rise' remains one of Hot Tuna's best all-time originals. Fans of blues-based hard rock (a la Led Zeppelin) should definitely give 'HOPPKORV' a spin. 10 tracks. RCA/BMG. 2001.