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Wow & Grape Jam

Moby GrapeAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: San Francisco Sound
  • ASIN: B000000DP8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Place And The Time
2. Murder In My Heart For The Judge
3. Bitter Wind
4. Can't Be So Bad
5. He
6. Motorcycle Irene
7. Three-Four
8. Funky-Tunk
9. Rose Colored Eyes
10. Miller's Blues
11. Naked, If I Want To
12. Never
13. Boysenberry Jam
14. Black Currant Jam
15. Marmalade

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rip-off city July 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
You might think that my rating and the title to my review are contradictory......... well, here's my motivation.
The record company owned by the Grape's former manager, who keeps them in court until this day btw, saw it fit not to include Skip Spence's Just Like Gene Autry and Grape Jam's 5th track on this CD. Also they faded out the ending of Bitter Wind way before the regular ending of the song. Aforementioned manager credits himself for producing this album. David Rubinson who did the production isn't mentioned at all. Get the picture ?
Should all songs have made it in their historically correct form on this CD Wow / Grape Jam should earn 4 stars easy, but as is it's a rip-off........
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not second guess the band... March 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album, coupled with the freebie "Grape Jam" is certainly a classic of the Bay Area rock bands, and although it shows some meddling on the part of the record company executives (we assume) to compress some of the material into a marketable form, still it is a good effort to break a few molds. The final track on the LP (omitted on the CD) was recorded in 78 speed (and if you're not sure what that is, you're too young to remember this album's release), and featured a really cool intro by Arthur Godfrey (..."and now, from the Seacaucus Lounge, high above Weehawken New Jersey...") it has been dismissed by some as "gimmicky"...It's not, and the omission of this piece, with its admonition to "kindly get up and change your turntable to 78...thank you", is an historical gem sorely missed on the CD. Tom Petty repeated this on one of his albums by calling for"a pause" on the CD in fairness for his LP or cassette listeners. Also be advised that the "Jam" album is missing the delightful piece "The Lake", a wonderful "Grantchester Meadows" sort of tune that sums up an after hours acoustic reverie. The material is good, the production good, the choices of the band were their own...the people who reissued this piece on CD have made a mistake in editing the two LPs. We can only hope that "Truly Fine Citizen", the band's best effort will be issued on CD and not tampered with.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's got great highs and ugly lows November 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, it's probably true that WOW is not the most consistantly good album in the Moby Grape canon, but the implication that the band only had one good album in them, namely their first, is so wide of the mark that it's laughable. Fact is, "Murder In My Heart For The Judge," "He," "Motorcycle Irene," "Miller's Blues," "Rose-Colored Eyes" and the first half of "Bitter Wind" are some of the best things Moby Grape ever did. If you can't get hold of their great anthology, VINTAGE, which has all of the above songs (except "Miller's Blues),you could do worse than get WOW and set up your CD select control to by-pass the lesser tunes and play the gems instead. Just a thought.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CD missing key elements of album November 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I wore out two copies of the vinyl "Wow/Grape Jam" set in my youth and was happy to see that it was available in CD format. I was extremely disappointed to discover that this is not the same record that I enjoyed listening to in the past. Missing from Wow are two key elements: the song "Just Like Gene Autrey" which was played at 78 rpm on the original LP, and the second half of the song "Bitter Wind". Missing from Grape Jam is "The Lake". Also,the cover art has been altered to make room for advertisments. I urge anyone interested in this record to seek out a vinyl copy and to avoid this CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but the Grape Jam section wows! November 19, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I was never a big fan of Moby Grape, but when I first heard the Grape Jam freebie, I was blown away. This features Michael Bloomfield and Al Kooper, two of the best white bluesmen around. And the cut "Never" was an inspiration to Zeppelin's Robert Plant, who admitted he listened to it over and over and over again. My big complaint is that the record company has cut off half of the cut "Marmalade" which was about 14 minutes long on vinyl. I had the original on vinyl years ago, but much to my regret, it probably has gone by way of garage sale to the great dustbin in the sky. Buy it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, what's the deal? February 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
There are at least two songs missing: "The Lake" from Grape Jam and "Just Like Gene Autrey Blues (a Foxtrot)" (or whatever it's called -- the one that reminds you to change your turntable to 78 RPM and has Arthur Godfrey introducing Lou Waxman and His Orchestra asking the musical question ...? Oh, sure, they don't make turntables with 78 (or 16 2/3) anymore. What, Columbia couldn't find one somewhere?! Sheesh, what a Republican ploy!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars still classic grape September 23, 2000
Format:Audio CD
i too am sick of people regarding this album as terrible or subpar. some clown in rolling stone had the audacity to give this 1 star once! its not as good as the 1st record, but very, very few albums are. although it has been tampered with it is still a considerably above average album by one of the very greatest aggregations in the history of american rock , one that would blow any of these horrible bands from today clear out of the water if they existed at the same time. and these other reviewers are correct in that vintage is essential listening. just about every track on here is a classic in its own right, and this is a varied and interesting recording that shows us many wonderful sides to this amazing band. one would have liked to have seen the cd reissued as it originally appeared without editing, but that is probably too much to expect from the nefarious matthew katz...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well, at least they tried
They were never really good musicians and they didn't hang together very long. So it's sort of a twist on the old joke Woody Allen uses at the end of Annie Hall -- Two woman in a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by sh
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW ASPECT GRAPE
Obviously it's better to go with the original recording. I am dismayed whenever my old favorites are diluted by incompetence and/or greed. Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by OLD GUY.
1.0 out of 5 stars Watered Down Grape!
This version is irrelevant given the recent quality reissues by Sundazed. The "gimmick" here is that you get a twofer-"Wow" and "Grape Jam" on one disc. Read more
Published on December 2, 2007 by Martin P. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stars are only for the Original Release
I must agree with most everyone out there. This is one big rip-off! Somehow, some way, we must be offered a remastered issue of the original recording. Read more
Published on July 27, 2007 by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars not as good overall as the first, but better in spots
Personally I don't think that Wow is as good as the self titled album as a whole, but if you take it in pieces, it's actually better. Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by Music Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's What You Do
Wow / Grape Jam is incomplete. So is Columbia Legacy's Vintage.
Answer....Buy both albums (Amazon's other buying options still has some copies of Vintage for around $15/disc -... Read more
Published on September 3, 2006 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars UNDERRATED
Not only is this album underrated, so was every Moby Grape album after the first one. This one is different from all of them, showing the diversity of talent and style in the band. Read more
Published on May 9, 2006 by Dean Mellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly Maligned Album
Before I ever heard any of their songs, I knew of Moby Grape by reputation -- the quintessential 60's band that had an incredible first album, the success of which they could never... Read more
Published on April 11, 2006 by James Choma
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathew Katz does it again. Beware!!
Rate the music 5 stars. Yet this CD is clipped. "Bitter Wind" is cut-off at the climax. Sound quality is dismal. Better get the old LP's and make your own CD. Read more
Published on October 3, 2005 by Alex Zambra
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW is RIGHT ON!
Having this LP long ago and enjoying the demonstration of age old musical fun by manually spinning the record to assist the "Just like Gene Autry" track to play on my old Phillips... Read more
Published on March 15, 2005 by Allan L. Hopson
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