Moby Grape, the legendary first album

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by classicrockguy, Sep 23, 2022.

  1. TommyTunes

    TommyTunes Senior Member

    I collected all of Moby Grape back in the day. Never understood their legendary status, to me it’s the same as The Charlatans another band I never got.
    Maybe it’s time to let both go during my next purge.
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  2. zphage

    zphage genre fluid

    five heads, ten hits, and burps purple...

    '' moby grape '' - radio promo debut album 1967.

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  3. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    I had Wow, and loved it back in the day. I then bought 69, and found it only so, so. For some reason I never listened to the debut album until just a few weeks ago. Ok, so I listened to it, it's too hard at this point to take myself back and enjoy this music without the frame of reference that was the late 60s. Before listening to the debut, I listened to a few songs from WOW. Have to say it didn't wow me the way it did back in 1969. I'd like to say I'll go back and give the debut a couple more tries, but after the Wow experience, I doubt it will happen.
  4. zphage

    zphage genre fluid

    Moby Grape - June 17, 1967 - Monterey Pop Festival - Monterey, California
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  5. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Loved it from the second the needle dropped on my copy; The music perfectly matched the vibe of the cover, name of the band, and the whole era perfectly.
  6. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    The first Moby Grape record I ever owned was a promo copy of "Omaha" (with "8:05" on the flip side). This was in 1981...I ran into a guy at the downtown mall and he pulled it out of a bag and asked if I wanted to buy it and I said sure (his asking price was just a dollar fifty). When I put it on my turntable I was shocked...I'd actually heard it quite a number of times on the local college radio station KDVS and never knew that it was Moby Grape. Both songs were terrific, although I was a bit puzzled that "Omaha" didn't seem to mention anything about Omaha in the lyrics. Didn't matter though...the song was killer, as is "8:05". Now I own five Moby Grape albums/CDs and two best of compilations. Love the band!
  7. notesofachord

    notesofachord Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)

    An excellent debut album.

    I have an original mono LP.

    Play it for your grandma.
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  8. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    I love Wow, although it's a bit patchy. The first Moby Grape song I heard, in the late 70s was "Bitter Wind" from that album. I picked up that LP in a thrift store and it didn't have the Grape Jam disk...I first got a chance to hear the Grape Jam part when my girlfriend at the time let me listen to her old copy that we found in her garage. There's some real gems on that a psychedelic music fanatic,
    I found items like "The Lake" to be fantastic.

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  9. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    We didn't get the Grape Jam disc at all in the UK. I've never heard it. I do have an original UK pressing of Wow and love it, flaws and all.
  10. Daedalus

    Daedalus I haven't heard it all.....

    Me too! That is the album that hooked me back in the day.
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  11. pbuzby

    pbuzby Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, US
    I wasn't around when Wow and Grape Jam came out but I've never seen them together at a used store.
  12. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    love them! I still have their first album on vinyl...
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  13. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    great song! we get a little 8:05 bonus on the MG CD...never heard this in any were lucky!
  14. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

    Mudwest, SoCal

    Moby Grape had an insane amount of talent and it was on full display throughout their debut album. But they were not well-served by their manager Matthew K@+$.
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  15. Mystic2854

    Mystic2854 Well-Known Member

    Cape Coral Fl
    Love them all but for me especially “Moby Grape 69” with Skip’s classic “Seeing”
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  16. Mystic2854

    Mystic2854 Well-Known Member

    Cape Coral Fl
    Also “ 20 Granite Creek”a lost classic
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  17. 131east23

    131east23 Person of Interest

    Buying on a hunch, which so many of did, seems a thing of the past when you can research your purchase or listen to the whole thing somewhere before buying it. I always did like not knowing exactly what it was I was buying and coming home and making a big ritual out of the first listen on the stereo.
  18. zphage

    zphage genre fluid

  19. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Yes, that kind of old school buying on a hunch or a feel seems so primitive now with, as you mention, everything available to hear and research beforehand .

    My other big score buying an album without knowing a thing about it first was King Crimson’s debut album.
    Just looking at that cover convinced me though. I mean... come on, just look at that cover! :D
    That was my other classic, stunning album bought on spec.

    As I always mention though, I must have bought a couple of lousy albums that way also, but fortunately they are lost from my memory. :D
  20. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Livingston NJ
    i will never understand how a major label like Columbia can cause such a colossal blunder. Someone got fired over that one!

    Mine is the "sundazed" cd, which is very shrill and tinny sounding. Funny thing is, that's the only way I've ever heard it! :shh:
  21. Doctor Jimmy

    Doctor Jimmy From Bach to the Beach Boys

    South Korea
    It is a mess, but what a beautiful mess it is.
  22. classicrockguy

    classicrockguy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Livingston NJ
    For those who haven't heard the album, this is sure to convince you to listen

    My favorite song on the album, Check out that guitar solo! :cool:

    Moby Grape, "Fall On You"

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  23. NapalmBrain

    NapalmBrain Forum Resident

    Kansas City, KS
    The weird thing for me is my dad was 16 at release and grew up in San Francisco, saw many of the rock groups of the time and never once did he play me Moby Grape. I was in my 30s before I heard this album, had worked for almost 10 years in record stores and never once did this album surface in my life. I picked up an original mono from a competing record store I worked for, the guys had good taste that aligned with my own and bought it on recommendation. I was absolutely hooked within 10 seconds, this is one of my favorite albums of the 60s. The other weird thing is this album shows up in the midwest all the time since I bought it, and I have never seen the reprint with the airbrushed middle finger, and yet every time the poster is also missing.
  24. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

    Mudwest, SoCal
    The entire debut album, with some studio patter thrown in, is in this 2-cd best-of collection.

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  25. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

    Mudwest, SoCal
    There are also two versions of the poster - the original and the airbrushed. Here’s the original…

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