Moby Grape's self-titled first album
, recorded in 1967, is pure brilliance. Every song on the album
will instantly appeal to fans of classic rock. Rolling Stone Magazine
ranks this album at number 121 of the 500 Greatest Albums of all time (12/11/03, p.126)- not too shabby! So you must be wondering why you never heard of this band
(no, this band
has nothing to do with bald-headed techno giant Moby
). Well, the record label released 5 singles from this album at the same time! So, none of the songs got much air time. Other tragic events for the band
include: band members getting in trouble with the law when they were caught with underage girls- not too good for publicity. And, the bizarre antics of Skip Spence
member as well as original member of Jefferson Airplane
) didn't help much. Unfortunately, Skip
went insane and eventually passed away in 1999 of cancer. I found an excellent site
that tells the story of this troubled band.
Don't let history of the band get you down! It's all about the music! I was able to find this video of Moby Grape at their peak performing some of their songs. If you haven't heard Moby Grape's debut album, stop what you are doing and buy it now. You won't be dissapointed.
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