Moby Grapeby Moby Grape
Moby Grape's career was a long, sad series of minor disasters, in which nearly anything that could have gone wrong did (poor handling by their record company, a variety of legal problems, a truly regrettable deal with their manager, creative and personal differences among the bandmembers, and the tragic breakdown of guitarist and songwriter Skip Spence), but their self-titled debut album was their one moment of unqualified triumph. Moby Grape is one of the finest (perhaps the finest) album to come out of the San Francisco psychedelic scene, brimming with great songs and fresh ideas while blessedly avoiding the pitfalls that pockmarked the work of their contemporaries -- no long, unfocused jams, no self-indulgent philosophy, and no attempts to sonically re-create the sound of an acid trip. Instead, Moby Grape built their sound around the brilliantly interwoven guitar work of Jerry Miller, Peter Lewis, and Skip Spence, and the clear, bright harmonies of all five members (drummer Don Stevenson and bassist Bob Mosely sang just as well as they held down the backbeat). As songwriters, Moby Grape blended straight-ahead rock & roll, smart pop, blues, country, and folk accents into a flavorful brew that was all their own, with a clever melodic sense that reflected the lysergic energy surrounding them without drowning in it. And producer David Rubinson got it all on tape in a manner that captured the band's infectious energy and soaring melodies with uncluttered clarity, while subtly exploring the possibilities of the stereo mixing process. "Omaha," "Fall on You," "Hey Grandma," and "8:05" sound like obvious hits (and might have been if Columbia hadn't released them as singles all at once), but the truth is there isn't a dud track to be found here, and time has been extremely kind to this record. Moby Grape is as refreshing today as it was upon first release, and if fate prevented the group from making a follow-up that was as consistently strong, for one brief shining moment Moby Grape proved to the world they were one of America's great bands. While history remembers the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane as being more important, the truth is neither group ever made an album quite this good.
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- San Francisco Sound
Performance CreditsMoby Grape Primary Artist
Skip Spence Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Bob Mosley Bass,Vocals
Jerry Miller Guitar,Vocals
Don Stevenson Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Peter Lewis Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsSkip Spence Composer,Contributor
Bob Mosley Contributor
Matthew Katz Producer
Jerry Miller Contributor
David Rubinson Producer
Don Stevenson Contributor
Peter Lewis Contributor
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The frist band to weave rock ,counrty ,blues and Soul into one form. They lost direction after this album, but this one is a classic. Anyone whos loves early country rock needs to listen to this album. Could have been the American Beatles with better management
I didn't get to listen to the MOBY GRAPE album until two years after it's release .When I heard it, I thought I was listening to the BYRDS,Beatles, and Gratefull Dead combined. Layered guitar harmony ,smooth vocal harmonies,catchy tunes ,and guitar licks. This album had it all. Ballads, Rock, Jams .If you're interestd in learning about our rock/folk roots,see what Moby Grape was doing in San Fransisco in 1967.....get it, and you'll understand. A keeper ! ! ! !
i got so hooked on this vinyl. i wore it out, my all time favorites were 8:05 and sitting by the window. hope i can get it on cd.
this album has been one of my favorites since my college days. every song could have been a hit single-and many of them were. anyone who likes the early jefferson airplane music and enjoys clear, crisp, guitar-based rock n roll will enjoy this album. i believe that moby grape could have been one of the most popular american rock bands if they had stayed together, but this album is a treasure