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Audio CD, March 16, 1994
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David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine Gives it Five Stars! Calling it the Perfect Album in his Rs Library Review from the February 4, 1999 Issue
Even one of the most misguided marketing campaigns in history couldn't obscure the sheer brilliance of this San Francisco-based quintet's self-titled 1967 debut. Guitarist Skip Spence was the original Jefferson Airplane's drummer, and lead guitarists Peter Lewis and Jerry Miller, bassist Bob Mosley, and drummer Don Stevenson were seasoned garage-band veterans. Everybody sang, everybody wrote songs, and their musical influences were equally diverse. They favored tight compositions and performances in an era when most groups didn't, so naturally they were the subject of a huge bidding war. To celebrate its triumph, the record label released five singles--and the album--simultaneously. People cried "hype" and not one of 'em hit. The album, however, was a solid seller and remains the rock upon which the group's reputation still rests. The slashing guitars and soaring harmonies of "Omaha" and "Hey Grandma" still snap, crackle, and pop! The sock-it-to-ya soul of "Changes" and the dueling guitars and vocals of "Indifference" still rock. The gentle folk ballad "Fall on You," the delicate "Sitting by the Window," and the country-flavored "8:05" are all strong songs, distinguished by their balance of four-part harmonies and three-guitar power. --Don Waller
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The first 2 albums by this band maintained the classic lineup..and the sound quality is fairly identical.....but very workable...read on.
Here's a suggestion to those of you with discriminating ears:
Invest in something like a Steinberger Clean software for about $99.00...you will be able to do some minor remastering to the overall sound...I used that same program to remaster some of my cd collection that I wasn't pleased with the sound quality. You might be pleased with the results.
If any rock critic, musician, or audiophile were to categorize and rank all of the american "psychedelic" groups/albums that emerged from the west coast in 1966-67, Moby Grape would most definitely trump all of the others. This band was the ultimate package of guitar virtuosos, harmonizers, song writers and commercial appeal. It's an incredible pity that they were so poorly mismanaged and forgotten. However, this album does live on and it is a classic. Their ability to harmonize and play 3 guitar harmony is stunning and it is all constructed tastefully.
SIDE NOTE: Their live work was even better, go to their remastered "Truly Fine Citizen" album and download the three live bonus tracks (they're from a performance at the Fillmore West in 1967). These live tracks showcase how they could harmonize their guitars and vocals all at the same time. Truly essential as well.Truly Fine Citizen
Even better was that they could all write. Their highlights include Omaha, 8:05, Hey Grandma, Changes, and Indifferences. And that's just a sample! If you're even just a casual music fan, this is absolutely essential to your library.
Here is my rank of 60's west coast psychedelic groups and I'm rating according to the overall musicianship of each member of these bands.
1. Moby Grape
2. Santana (yeah sure, they were at the tail end of the sixties but they were incredible)
3. Buffalo Springfield
4. Quicksilver Messenger Service
5. Grateful Dead
6. Jefferson Airplane
Now if you do plan on buying this, buy the Sundazed version. The difference in sound quality is so drastic that it's worth every penny to get this company's reissue. Other versions of this album you miss so much background vocals it's like listening to a different song almost! On "Changes" when the Lead is singing "Changes", the background follows with "Changes!" but it is barely audible on every other version I have heard...except Sundazed's. Bob Irwin did a masterful job remastering this album.
I highly recommend this album if you have never heard of Moby Grape, you will not regret it!