Too Hot to Handle (Jorma Kaukonen album)

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Too Hot to Handle
Studio album by Jorma Kaukonen
Released March 1, 1985
Label Relix Records
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Too Hot to Handle is a Jorma Kaukonen acoustic solo album released on Relix Records. Kaukonen's wife at the time, Margareta Kaukonen, composed some of the tracks with him and is credited as "Malles Meje."

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"Too Many Years" and "Ice Age" were later re-recorded with Jefferson Airplane for their eponymous reunion album. The former was again re-recorded for Kaukonen's 1998 album Too Many Years .

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Track listing

Side A

  1. "Broken Highway" (Malles Meje, Jorma Kaukonen) – 5:16
  2. "Too Many Years" (Kaukonen) – 4:43
  3. "Radical Sleep" (Meje, Kaukonen) – 4:13
  4. "Killing Time in the Crystal City" (Kaukonen) – 6:44

Side B

  1. "Ice Age" (Kaukonen) – 5:54
  2. "Walkin' Blues" (Robert Johnson) – 3:37
  3. "Death Don't Have No Mercy" (Rev. Gary Davis) – 6:22
  4. "Too Hot to Handle" (Meje, Kaukonen) – 5:01


Notes and references

  1. Been So Long: My Life and Music p. 194

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