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A genuine psychedelic landmark: Live by Moby Grape!

Sundazed Music is proud to present a genuine psychedelic landmark: Live by Moby Grape, the first official collection of concert recordings by the legendary San Francisco band at its blazing late-Sixties peak. At that time, in rock's hippest city, there was no other band like the original Grape: Jerry Miller, Skip Spence, Bob Mosley, Peter Lewis and Don Stevenson. Their Columbia debut LP, Moby Grape, issued in June 1967, is still acclaimed as one of the greatest rock albums ever—a thrilling union of blues, soul, country, surf twang and day-glo garage rock, packed into original killer-pop songwriting. Even as extreme Columbia hype, devastating business hassles and Spence's tragic mental collapse threatened to blow up the band, the Grape continued to make immortal albums, including 1968's Wow and the magnificent Moby Grape '69.

But the records told only half of the tale. Moby Grape, in their prime, were also one of the Bay Area's—and America's—best stage bands, like the Beatles and Rolling Stones in one, with a breathtaking triple-guitar attack and stunning vocal harmonies.

Live is the long-awaited proof. It features more than an hour of dynamite performances from soundboard and broadcast tapes, including tracks from the Avalon Ballroom in 1967 and the band's complete long-lost set at the Monterey Pop Festival, just a week after Moby Grape came out. There are live versions of the great rare Grape songs "Rounder" and "Looper" and five tracks from a famous Dutch radio show featuring the hard-charging '69 lineup of Miller, Mosley, Lewis and Stevenson.

And Live climaxes with the historic first-ever release of Spence's acid-guitar masterpiece "Dark Magic"—never recorded in the studio by the original band but presented here in an epic 17-minute performance at the Avalon, on New Year's Eve 1966. Moby Grape were the hottest band in town that night, with the whole rock & roll world ahead of them. And they sound like it. These four-decade-old recordings have been spectacularly mastered, in you-are-there fidelity, and this album comes with sumptuous packaging and rare photos, in true Sundazed style, plus liner notes by Rolling Stone writer and Moby Grape authority David Fricke. Live presents, at last, the untold part of Moby Grape's incredible story. It is San Francisco psychedelia at its zenith and the best historical rock release of the year.

Classic Grape. Great times, great vibes!

My favorite band from the short span of time when the greatest 'Cisco sound arrived and took hold. The Grape lives on and these tunes capture the band as it evolved in the best times of this collection of great musicians. Really worth the listen. Makes you appreciate their sound and on stage presence.

Great Live Peformances from A Great Band From The 60's

Buying This CD was worth every penny. The Grape are even better live than in the Studio. One of the few bands that sound just like the studio recordings live . Sound quality is great for music that is pushing 45 years old. You have to be a Moby Grape fan to appreciate this music. I Bought this cd because they're live stuff has been few and far between. Some live stuff is available on the anthology from the early 90's. Another reason to buy this is that it seems the remastered studio albums on cd have been pulled from the shelves because of legal issues I believe due to Matthew Katz. This has been going on for years, so I would buy this if you like this band before they pull this one. The Last song on the disc is a long jam just over 17 minutes and very trippy. Other than that rest of the songs are average time wise. Great vocals and guitar work from a band that never Got the recognition they deserve.


Formed: September, 1966 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '00s, '10s

One of the best '60s San Francisco bands, Moby Grape were also one of the most versatile. Although they are most often identified with the psychedelic scene, their specialty was combining all sorts of roots music -- folk, blues, country, and classic rock & roll -- with some Summer of Love vibes and multi-layered, triple-guitar arrangements. All of those elements only truly coalesced, however, for their 1967 debut LP. Although subsequent albums had more good moments than many listeners are aware of,...
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