My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Moby Grape was recorded in early 1967 and was released in June of the same year. Moby Grape were signed to Columbia Records after a bidding war, which led Columbia to release six singles simultaneously with the release of the full album. Additionally,the cover of the album shows drummer Don Stevenson giving the middle finger over the washboard.
What I think: I really enjoyed this album! I’ve been trying to come up with a way to describe it’s sound and Psychedelic Pop Rock works, but that makes it sound too soft. It’s sort of a cross between The Grateful Dead on their most radio friendly songs, with the vocals of the Mama’s and Papa’s and throw in a touch of Soul. Highlights here are “Fall On You” and “8:05″(my favorite of the two, a great acoustic/electric song), but there are no clunkers here. The ability to take the Psychedelic sound, keep it tight (and the songs short), and include vocal and instrumental hooks is really special.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no doubt that this should be here! I would put this against the Odessey and Oracle as my favorite rock album as the era.
Rating (Out of 5):4.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (67/86)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%