Album Review: In search of Moby Grape

During the 1960's, San Francisco was a cultural Mesopotamia that saw one of the greatest artistic explosions in American history. History remembers names that came out of the Bay Area like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Quicksilver Messenger Service, but the fact of the matter is that none of these legendary groups could put together as strong of an album in studio as the now forgotten Moby Grape....

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Jeff Palmer

posted 1/26/07 @ 9:05 AM EST

As a former music reviewer for "the new hampshire" in the 1970's, I found this article to be a comprehensive and fitting tribute to one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Though the band's follow-up albums were never able to measure up, the first Moby Grape album remains exciting and timeless after almost 40 years.

I don't know if it's still available, but there is a 2CD collection called Vintage- The Very Best of Moby Grape which contains the debut album in its entirety for those who have not yet discovered it.

Bob Van Voorhis

posted 1/27/07 @ 3:02 PM EST

Another facet of the band's catalog is that many of the songs are not tied to the psychedelic era, and therefore hold up quite well throughout the years.

Greg Volpert

posted 1/28/07 @ 10:25 PM EST

An insightful tribute to my all-time favorite band. Moby Grape influenced a lot of musicians: Chrissie Hynde, the Eagles, and Robert Plant come to mind. In fact Plant claimed in an interview that he sang because he "wanted to sing in Moby Grape." The band opened the Monterey Pop Festival, where the American careers of Jimi Hendrix, the Who, and Janis Joplin (among others) were made: but you won't see them in the film because Mr. Katz demanded a million dollars for their appearance. Another bonehead mismanagement stunt.
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