Moby Grape Extra tracks
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If bands like Ultimate Spinach and Peanut Butter Conspiracy are significant enough to be accorded remastering, then Moby Grape deserves a well done box set of all of their releases. Don't buy this garbage from Katz's San Franscico Sound label which has all but destroyed the integrity of the original vinyl issue. If Katz can't peddle this overpriced trash, maybe he will relinquish the rights to the Moby Grape albums to the surviving members of the band and they can work to release a proper digitally remastered re-issue of their catalogue. I don't care if they individually release their albums or issue a Moby Grape Box. We've all waiting too long for Mr. Katz to put this great band's music into the hands of someone who will do justice to the Moby Grape legacy.
The remastering on "Moby Grape" in particular is just wonderful. You can hear subtle vocal and instrumental parts that were buried in all previous incarnations of this essential recording. So don't hesitate...buy it now and cross your fingers and hope that the surviving band mambers actually make something off of this latest developing, but hopefully short-term, debacle.
12/11/07 - Looks like the Grape have gotten screwed again. Amazon and the rest of the world seem to have sold thru the stock that got out before the title was pulled from distribution. What a shame, this is one of the top 30 Essential recordings from the '60's and it should be available for the uninitiated to discover.
I don't know the particulars, but if this latest screwing of the band was done by or because of Matthew Katz he should be ashamed. Having this music available for posterity is more important than his ego or his needing a new BMW every year. As a buyer for a major Distributor in the mid 1970's I had to deal with him on several occassions (he owns the San Francisco Sounds label) and he certainly seemed to be as big a d*** as everyone makes him out to be. What a sad, tragic affair.
As other reviews testify, Moby Grape's 1967 debut represents both the band's high-point and an artistic peak of the mid-60s San Francisco scene. Contained in this album's scant 32-minutes are many of the brilliant threads that surfaced in then-contemporary bands (e.g., folk and rock sensibilities, country music sounds, group harmonies and songwriting, etc.), but boiled down to their essence by a keen commercial sensibility. The deftness with which Moby Grape packed their wares into 3-minute songs is impressive to this day, and David Rubinson's stereo production, especially the panning of the multipart harmonies, is breathtaking.
What's disappointing about this particular reissue is San Francisco Sound's combination of premium-price and budget-quality. Not only does this straight-up reproduction offer none of the extras befitting a landmark album such as this, it does so at an absurd list price. Compared to Columbia's 1993 2-CD "Vintage" set, lovingly produced by Sundazed Records' head-honcho Bob Irwin, this reissue appears anemic.
The pedestrian construction of this San Francisco Sound reissue is little surprise: the label is owned by one-time Moby Grape manager, Matthew Katz. The long, strained history between the band and Mr. Katz is well documented (including in the liner notes of "Vintage"), and includes Katz's attempts to keep the band from using the "Moby Grape" name (he apparently owns the copyright), as well as "fake" Moby Grapes that have been sent on tour. Extensive details of Katz's legal wrangling with It's a Beautiful Day, Jefferson Airplane, and others are widely published.Read more ›
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If you bought this LP back in the day (when I did) & don't still listen to it w/out getting chills...you're brain dead, my dear. Go get yourself buried...Published 6 days ago by Kandy Langford
Moby Grape was a band that became one of the soundtracks of our college days. I am not overly impressed with the sound quality for the price of the cd, but the nostalgia makes up... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Donald L. Balfanz
The item arrived exactly as described, and before I expected it. Buy with confidence.Published 22 months ago by Jacques coetzee
One of my favorite rock albums, great to have it available on CD. A must have for every Baby Boomer who's into Rock and Roll.Published on January 15, 2014 by Dot
This CD brought back alot of memories. I owned the Vinyl record years ago and always loved it; so I just had to own the CD. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by D. McMahon
I was fortunate to be in the Jerry Miller Band for quite a few years. I was able to play those Great Moby Grape Songs right beside Jerry. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Phil
If ever a band that got screwed, it's Moby Grape. One of the classic albums of the late 60's, this version doesn't sound all that great, but it's still listenable. Read morePublished on November 15, 2011 by ScottE
I was 10 years old when this came out and I remember getting a copy of it for 33 cents at some department store. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by cincinnatislim