Moby Grape, the legendary first album

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

  1. Peter Mork

    Peter Mork Forum Resident

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    I think we mean that gruff Bob Mosely "white guy with long hair and a moustache" vocal sound (which I generally don't dig, except John Fogerty). (Not exclusively West Coast, and you don't actually have to grow a moustache, just sound like someone who would, and not a nice Paul McCartney moustache either but one of those droopy hippie versions that illustrators would draw on generic rock musicians when they wanted to indicate "grooviness is present".)
     
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  2. Monosterio

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    I have to believe the answer would be "Omaha," as that was the album's highest-charting single. (That's the "Listen, my friends" song, for the not-so-familiar with Moby Grape. :))
     
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  3. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

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  4. Cool Chemist

    Cool Chemist Forum Resident

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    Thanks for the link. Not seen that footage before. Skippy really was quite an engaging performer.
     
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  5. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

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    Yeah, but it doesn't sound like the stuff I'm talking about.
     
  6. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

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    Yeah, it's that forced sounding white soul voice plus a wall of tight harmonies where you get to thinking that there's just too many people singing. And all too loudly. Step it back a tad.
     
  7. Emil Zatopek

    Emil Zatopek Forum Resident

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    An almost perfect album.

    Once I made a 40' compilation of the rest of their albums and it wasn't nearly as good as the debut.
     
  8. Ray Hicks

    Ray Hicks Well-Known Member

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    Yeah definitely Omaha, with 8.05 as the B side...
     
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  9. Vangro

    Vangro Forum Resident

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    Kind of like Jefferson Airplane? I much prefer Moby Grape personally.
     
  10. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

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    That’s a good one, showing two sides of the band.
     
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  11. Evethingandnothing

    Evethingandnothing Forum Resident

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    Jefferson Airplane would be on my list of offenders. Not that I'm particularly offended. I still like them and I quite like Moby Grape. Just not very keen on the vocal sound. That's all. Can I go now?
     
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  12. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    ... with a dirty finger.

    I get it!
     
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  13. Peter Mork

    Peter Mork Forum Resident

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    That stray digit may have been their downfall. Columbia might not have enjoyed the gesture.
     
  14. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Senior Member

    I've got the 2007 Columbia Legacy comp Listen My Friends, remastered by Bob Irwin.

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    01. Hey Grandma
    02. Mr. Blues
    03. 805
    04. Omaha
    05. Sitting by the Window
    06. Indifference
    07. Bitter Wind (version one - 2:41)
    08. Murder in My Heart for the Judge
    09. Can't Be So Bad
    10. He
    11. Motorcycle Irene
    12. Rose Colored Eyes
    13. Sweet Ride (Never Again) (long version - 5:57)
    14. Ooh Mama Ooh
    15. Ain't That a Shame
    16. If You Can't Learn from My Mistakes
    17. Going Nowhere
    18. Seeing
    19. Changes, Circles Spinning
    20. Truly Fine Citizen
     
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  15. I would have gone with "Omaha" and "Hey Grandma". A double a-side so to speak.
     
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  16. Dovetail7

    Dovetail7 Pragmatic Purist

    Tells me enough, thanks, not looking to define your taste, just get some idea...
     
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  17. andy749

    andy749 Senior Member

    That would've been a killer single. Grandma is my fave. The Move covered it.
     
  18. Dovetail7

    Dovetail7 Pragmatic Purist

    The Columbia Records move smacked of hype and it did cause some backlash with the cognoscenti of the period who thus perceived The Grape as not so hip (at least as they?!?).
     
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  19. lou

    lou Fast 'n Bulbous

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    Too bad Don's microphone appears to be off because it's supposed to be Don and Skip singing togetherk, as on the studio track.
     
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  20. lou

    lou Fast 'n Bulbous

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    Besides the Murder in my Heart riff they also got the idea for the "Stop Hey what's that sound" part from Peter's song "Stop."
     
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  21. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

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    As it was, “Omaha” (b/w “Someday”) charted only #88 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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  22. lou

    lou Fast 'n Bulbous

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    With five singles competing for airplay none became a hit. I think the record company seriously thought all five singles would break the top twenty, and were inspired by the Beatles having five singles in the top ten, but that was more due to mass Beatles hysteria at the time and the Beatles being a social as well as musical phenomenon. Moby Grape were unknowns, they needed an initial hit to "break" them.
     
  23. Kuro

    Kuro Forum Resident

    What is the go to LP reissue of MG first LP?
     
  24. lou

    lou Fast 'n Bulbous

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    For mono the Sundazed. It actually sounds better than the original Columbia which was not a great pressing and is pretty noisy.

    Not sure about the stereo.
     
  25. jamesmaya

    jamesmaya Senior Member

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    Sundazed reissued the lp in 2007 (now out of print), but some prefer the UK Edsel mono lp reissued in 1984. Original US Columbia pressings in stereo and mono aren’t that hard to find, though.
     

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