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Unlike the Grateful Dead who went from garage rock to improvisational jamming, Moby Grape’s fourth album found them turning their backs on meandering festival-friendly guitar noodling and returning to rock ‘n’ roll, as evidenced by the grooving boogie-rocker “Hoochie.” And the Grape preferred to keep their singing straightforward and Byrdsian where harmonies were concerned, especially on the opening cut “Ooh Mama Ooh” (except on the choruses where they nodded to ‘50s doo-wop). And where Jefferson Airplane leaned hard on psychedelic accoutrements like wah-wah pedals and sitars, Moby Grape chose to branch out with baroque-pop instrumentation and wistfully sideways arrangements like on “It’s a Beautiful Day Today.” The band’s heady luminary Skip Spence had left halfway through the making of their second album, but he left behind a golden vestige in the closing song “Seeing,” which the band respectfully covered with the same panoramically orchestral approach that Spence was celebrated for.

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Moby Grape 69

It remains difficult to identify a band as good as Moby Grape in its time. Sometimes ragged-and what's wrong with that?-they were, never the less, a super group without the designation as such.

The album is Moby Grape '69

No, this is not the first album or the second. It is unfair (and unneccesary) to campare this album to previous efforts, it stands on its own, there are no excuses needed.


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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