Moby Grape is one of the hundreds of bands that were born in San Francisco in the late sixties, the same magical scene from which the Jefferson Airplane
, the Grateful Dead and the Quicksilver Messenger Service had emerged. Alexander "Skip" Spence, who is now also remembered for a marvellous and intimistic solo album called Oar, has been the drummer in the early Jefferson Airplane's line-up, but he soon left because he wanted to play the guitar.
Moby Grape was formed by five talented musicians, and four of them were also very good singers. The result was a memorable self-titled debut LP, one of the coolest rock album ever, in my opinion, though it doesn't sound so psychedelic compared to the works of other contemporary bands. The following double record Wow/Grape Jam is more "acid", but not so inspired, spontaneous and convicting as the first one, with its perfect vocal harmonies and fantastic guitar work.
This promo clip, from some distant TV show of 1967, offers you two songs from that great debut: a powerful rock-blues and a soft evocative ballad, to give you an idea of Moby Grape's eclecticism.
I hope you'll enjoy the video as much as I did, I was so thrilled to see Skip Spence and his companions in action!Moby Grape - Hey Grandma/Sitting By The Window