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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Potential consumers of this release should be aware that neither Wow 1968 nor Grape Jam 1968 are presented in their entirety. The most egregious offenders are the complete absence of Skippy Spence's surreal "Just Like Gene Autry, A Foxtrot" from Wow and the equally out-there tone poem "Lake" that concluded the original Grape Jam long-player. Likewise, nearly a minute and a half has been lopped off of Bob Mosley's excellent "Bitter Wind." Those discrepancies aside, the remainder of these albums was first made available in the digital domain on this two-fer, which is one of several grey-area reissues from Moby Grape's infamous manager, Matthew Katz, on his short-lived San ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Potential consumers of this release should be aware that neither Wow 1968 nor Grape Jam 1968 are presented in their entirety. The most egregious offenders are the complete absence of Skippy Spence's surreal "Just Like Gene Autry, A Foxtrot" from Wow and the equally out-there tone poem "Lake" that concluded the original Grape Jam long-player. Likewise, nearly a minute and a half has been lopped off of Bob Mosley's excellent "Bitter Wind." Those discrepancies aside, the remainder of these albums was first made available in the digital domain on this two-fer, which is one of several grey-area reissues from Moby Grape's infamous manager, Matthew Katz, on his short-lived San Francisco Sound label. The perpetually litigious Katz -- who had also managed Jefferson Airplane and It's a Beautiful Day -- quickly became a primary proponent behind the failure of Moby Grape to reach the heights of many of their Bay Area contemporaries. As the remnants gathered here attest, the lack of impact was not due to a dearth of excellent material. Wow's opener, "The Place and the Time," is one of two Jerry Miller/Don Stevenson collaborations and along with the pair's hard-drivin' R&B rocker "Can't Be So Bad," the duo supply two of the best entries on either title. Peter Lewis' introspective ballad "He" -- marked by a stunning orchestral score credited to Joey Scott and the Grape's producer, David Rubinson -- provides a striking stylistic contrast. As does Skippy Spence's bizarre "Motorcycle Irene," which was based upon a real-life acquaintance of the author. In addition to teaming up with Jerry Miller on the loose "Miller's Blues," Bob Mosley turns in the excellent and aforementioned ballad "Bitter Wind," the waltz love song "Three-Four," and the refined "Rose Colored Eyes." Grape Jam 1968 is an instrumentally heavy platter with the quintet joined by Al Kooper keyboards and Michael Bloomfield piano/guitar on the Windy City blues-inspired "Marmalade." While some of the lengthier outings, particularly the languid "Black Current Jam," tend to drag on a bit, Mosley's "Never" -- which was pinched by Led Zeppelin as "Since I've Been Loving You" -- and the gutsy "Boysenberry Jam" remain overall worthwhile spins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/1992
  • Label: San Francisco Sound
  • UPC: 099902480126
  • Catalog Number: 4801
  • Sales rank: 52,836

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Place and the Time (2:08)
  2. 2 Murder in My Heart for the Judge (3:01)
  3. 3 Bitter Wind (1:59)
  4. 4 Can't Be So Sad (3:31)
  5. 5 He (3:39)
  6. 6 Motorcycle Irene (2:25)
  7. 7 Three-Four (5:05)
  8. 8 Funky-Tunk (2:13)
  9. 9 Rose Colored Eyes (4:01)
  10. 10 Miller's Blues (5:28)
  11. 11 Naked, If I Want To (0:50)
  12. 12 Never (6:18)
  13. 13 Boysenberry Jam (6:05)
  14. 14 Black Currant Jam (7:18)
  15. 15 Marmalade (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moby Grape Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Skip Spence Contributor
Cat Stevens Composer
Bud Powell Composer
Bob Mosley Contributor
Matthew Katz Producer
Jerry Miller Contributor
Don Stevenson Contributor
Peter Lewis Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow is allright by me!

    although this album has been often slighted by would be critics of moby grape,to me it stands as an album with the word genius all over it. from peter lewis" "he" to skip spence"s "lou waxman" treat,its pure magic. recorded under less than peacfull circumstances,its amazing they finished the album at all..and fellow supporter david rubinson MUST be aknowledged for his help in making this album possible. david added strings and horns and ,by doing this,the album becomes more of a "mystery" tour! skippy spence' presense on the album is vivid and hes there! both "funky tunk" and "motorcycle irene" are spence gems. jerry miller is especially in fine form on this album..if you ask me,his playing is more outstanding here than on the first lp. "millers blues" only needs one listen to know this man had (has!) what it took. that leaves bob mosley and don stevenson..both who contribute the albums best moments vocaly..stevenson on"cant be so bad" and mosley on"three four" which is one of the most undrrated songs the group ever recorded. bob has a voice like otis redding and he shows its full power on this track. the givaway lp that came with this was called "grape jam' and was in all essence just that..grape..jammin. its ok! it was the 60s man! buy it.you wont be sorry!

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