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(2008/Columbia) 48 tracks.

Medium 1

  1. Hey Grandma
  2. Mr Blues
  3. Fall On You
  4. 8:05
  5. Come In The Morning
  6. Omaha
  7. Naked, If I Want To
  8. Rounder (Instrumental)
  9. Someday
  10. Ain't No Use
  11. Sitting By The Window
  12. Changes
  13. Lazy Me
  14. Indifference
  15. Looper (Audition Version)
  16. Sweet Ride
  17. Bitter Wind
  18. The Place And The Time
  19. Rounder (Live)
  20. Miller's Blues (Live)
  21. Changes (Live)
  22. Single Version) - Hey Grandma (Mono
  23. Single Version) - Omaha (Mono
  24. Big

Medium 2
  1. Skip's Song (Demo)
  2. You Can Do Anything (Demo)
  3. Murder In My Heart For The Judge
  4. Bitter Wind
  5. Can't Be So Bad
  6. Just Like Gene Autry, A Foxtrot
  7. He
  8. Motorcycle Irene
  9. Funky-Tunk
  10. Rose Colored Eyes
  11. If You Can't Learn From My Mistakes
  12. Ooh Mama Ooh
  13. Ain't That A Shame
  14. Trucking Man
  15. Captain Nemo
  16. What's To Choose
  17. Going Nowhere
  18. I Am Not Willing
  19. It's A Beautiful Day Today
  20. Right Before My Eyes
  21. Truly Fine Citizen
  22. Hoochie
  23. Soul Stew
  24. Seeing


Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: sony/bmg int'l
  • ASIN: B000026G8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on November 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
There's a certain ironic consistency in this anthology being a slight misfire. Given the long-string of events that negatively affected the band's commercial fortunes, a perfectly realized retrospective would almost be unfitting. Still, given that the Grape's first three albums are currently only available from the band's former manager (and arch nemesis) Matthew Katz on his Los Angeles-based San Francisco Sound label, and that the debut lists for a ridiculous price (and the reproduction of "Wow/Grape Jam" is incomplete), hunting down a copy of this out-of-print 1993 collection is still your best (and perhaps most morally fulfilling) bet.

Though compilation producer Bob Irwin (who now heads Sundazed records) is an obvious Moby Grape enthusiast (as is David Fricke, who wrote the excellent liner notes), some of his choices for this collection are hard to understand. Of particular consequence is the reproduction of the first album in its entirety (good!), but with bits and pieces of studio chatter inserted here and there (very, very bad). The debut was a beautifully produced and tightly crafted package, and the additions are hugely distracting. The inclusion of original mono single versions is a nice touch, especially given that producer David Rubinson's stereo mixes reproduce poorly in mono.

The selections from the remaining Grape albums leave out a few key tracks, such as "Three-Four" from the "Wow" album, and virtually all of "Truly Fine Citizen" (a contractual obligation recording, but still valued by Grape fans). What's here is excellent, and serves as both a fine introduction and fitting reminder of the Grape's greatness. The demos and live tracks are nice additions to the Grape canon, but they're no substitute for having complete, unenhanced, versions of the albums available. This 2-CD set is out-of-print in the U.S., but can still be found used on Amazon's U.S. site, and new on Amazon's U.K. site.

4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Todd M. Pence on November 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Moby Grape, a band with a star-crossed history and a short life, nonetheless used their time in the sun to create some memorable and refreshing tunes and albums. A two-disc anthology from the band's first four essential albums was a great idea and seemed to be a surefire formula for success. Unfortunately, the selection and programming of tracks leaves plenty to be desired. While the first three albums are well-represented, the truly fine Truly Fine Citizen has been mostly neglected. Also, one of the finest songs from the Wow album, "Three-Four", has been inexplicably omitted. The space gained in leaving out all this stuff has been filled with a lot of superflous stuff such as alternate and live versions of tracks already on the album, as well as a couple of totally unnecessary "mono" versions of songs from the first album. This gives the collection a patched together feel, making it sound at times like an assemblange of curiousities rather than an album you can put on and just cruise through, which is what Moby Grape albums are supposed to sound like. What the compilers of this collection should have done is put on the complete four albums in their original running order. There would have been enough room to do this on two discs and still have room left over for the bonus studio tracks. I see that this particular collection is no longer availible. Maybe someday someone will release Moby Grape '69 and Truly Fine Citizen on CD and then we'll have all the Grape albums out on CD and can listen to this band the way they were meant to be heard.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By brianolson@boogie.co.uk on March 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If ever one single band epitomised those zany.crazy and flowery powery 'daze' of '67' the summer of lurve then MOBY GRAPE stand accused.
Their unique blend of contagious garage,r+b ,soul and good 'ol' rock and roll is perfectly captured here on this bumper set along with many unreleased items.GRAPE were many faceted. BYRD
like on SOMEDAY and the lovely SITTING BY THE WINDOW.Soulful on the masterful MURDER IN MY HEART FOR THE JUDGE and CHANGES.Rockin' on HEY GRANDMA' or humourus on NAKED IF I WANT TO.
The GRAPE deserve to be remembered for some truly fine music and can proudly take their place shoulder to shoulder with the BYRDS
QUICKSILVER MS,SPIRIT and AIRPLANE.
Yes it was a very good year.
ps.SKIP SPENCE went on to record OAR an album that sharply divides opinion.Some liken it to the 'second coming' while others proclaim it to be incoherent ramblings from a once great artist.I guess you'll just have to listen for youself.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Davy on August 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
...i expected more.

so what is this> this is a 2-disc package of moby grape's good stuff. everything you need in one place. moby grape was the 60s san francisco psychedelic band you never heard, but it was also arguably the best. buffalo springfield, creedence clearwater (admittedly a far superior band), grateful dead, all of these SF bands went on to attain worldwide fame, and though moby grape should've been neck and neck with them, terrible management, misdirected promotion, and inner turmoil destroyed them before they even had a chance. the debut album, included here in its entirity, is considered one of the greatest albums of the 60s, indeed, one of the greatest debut albums of all time. and it is very good, but i've never been a huge fan of harmonized vocals...i much prefer a single prominent lead singer. nonetheless, this is a near-perfect record. the rest of the stuff is good too, and some of it i like even more, as they eventually drifted away from the harmonies-only approach. if you like the grateful dead and buffalo springfield and crosby stills & nash, you'll like this even more.
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