Friday, July 07, 2006

Moby Grape

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 (1967)





Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great, I never saw any clips, back in the day... This is a revelation Thanks
Dave K.

7/07/2006 11:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Revelation Indeed!!
I love the grape but had never seen any clips. Thanks so much.

7/08/2006 2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, that must be Skip singing lead on Hey Grandma...?

7/08/2006 3:35 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Yes, he is...

7/08/2006 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grazie per il filmato i Jefferson8di cui ho tutta la discografia)sono una delle mie band favorite,ciao

7/09/2006 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mirco,
This is great seeing skip spence in his prime.
Thanks again for everything!!

7/09/2006 7:12 PM  
Blogger The Baz said...

Good Grief!

Now this is a real treat - Moby Grape WITH Skip Spence! A true rarity since like everyone else here, I'd never seen any footage before of them and doubted that any even existed.

Thanks yet again for doing the bizness and giving us a gem!
All The Best,

7/10/2006 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything wrong?
I just met this incredible blog and tried the moby grape video. But the file is 0 mb... (as the fairport video...)
Im crazy to see moby grape. what can i do?

7/12/2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Open that 0 kb file and you'll know what to do...
You know, it's a trick to avoid problems with trolls who delete files from rapidshare.

7/12/2006 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, thanx a lot. I think it's good to keep some precautions. The last days have been awful for bloggers. Everybody is loosing tons of archives.

7/12/2006 4:54 PM  

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