Friday, December 19, 2008


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1969 on Columbia Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 224 kbps
Produced By: David Rubinson
Engineered By: Don Puluse & Glen Kolotkin
Cover Art: Bob Cato
The Place And The Time
Murder In My Heart For The Judge
Bitter Wind
Can't Be So Bad
Just Like Gene Autry, A Foxtrot
Motorcyle Irene
Three Four
Funky Trunk
Rose Colored Eyes
Millers Blues
Naked If I Want To
Peter Lewis - Vocals, Guitars
Jerry Miller - Vocals, Guitars
Bob Mosley - Vocals, Bass
Skip Spence - Vocals Guitar
Don Stevenson - Drums
WOW, October 11, 2007 By
E.I.E.I. Owen (Philadelphia, Pa U.S. - (Amazon Customer Review)
With the release of Sgt. Pepper, almost everybody in the music world tried to copy it with mostly disastrous results. Overblown production, forced strings, and goofy sound effects showed up in most pop music afterwards. Everybody wanted to ride on that multi colored bus called Psychedliea, especially the major labels. Few groups were able to pick up the gauntlet that the Beatles threw down and the Moby Grape was one of them. "Wow" is the group's second studio album. It is a lot more varied than its predecessor is but it also shows that it is a product of it's time. Not many groups could pull off an album that goes from the madrigal-like "The Place & the Time", to a soulful rocker "Murder In My Heart For The Judge", to the sound collage in "Bitter Wind", to a shuffle with horns in "Can't Be So Bad", to the ode to vaudeville in "Like Gene Autry; A Foxtrot", all in the space of one side of an album (note: on the original vinyl version of the album "Like Gene Autry" was actually mastered at 78rpm.). The rest of the tracks give more evidence that the Grape had what most of their San Franciscan brethren did not, songs. Again the re-mastering job is better than expected and a vast improvement over previous incarnations. Unfortunately, the bonus album "Grape Jam" is not included. When "Wow" was initially released, record buyers got the "Grape Jam" album as a bonus. Now "Grape Jam" is available separately and like "Wow," it has bonus tracks and liner notes from Gene Sculatti. So pick it up and enjoy. UPDATE: 12/27/2007-Matthew Katz does it again. You may have heard that Sundazed pulled the first 3 albums from circulation due to Katz and an issue with the ownership of the artwork. Honestly Katz let it go, how many times do you have to screw these guys over I mean reallly, it isn't like the reissues shipped platinum. F&%* MATTHEW KATZ
Moby Grape's "Wow", October 17, 2007
James Choma - (Amazon Customer Review)
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 top, and they flamed out big time. I always wondered how that momentum was halted and how such a highly regarded band could flop. That brings us to "Wow." Until recently, I had never heard anything other than their first album, which was pretty darn good and serves as a great late 60's timepiece. When getting ready to listen to "Wow," I prepared myself for dull, boring, tuneless 60's psychedelia. I must say I was truly blown away by how good this entire CD was. I dare say it's just as good as the debut album. Great harmonies, tight playing and arrangements, and great instrumentation throughout. I swear listening to this made me feel like I was transported back to 1968. It's one of those rare albums that does live up to it's title. This prompted me to find out more about the band and see exactly where things fell apart. And after searching, I found that with Moby Grape, what could go wrong, did go wrong. At the root of it all lay horrible management on the business and personal side. Moby Grape was a wonderfully constructed boat without a rudder; and when they crashed, they quickly sunk. If you're interested in the band, all you really need is this album and the self-titled debut. I think "Vintage" (a double CD collection of their best) may be out of print, but it certainly would give you a taste of the band as well. Stand out songs: "Murder in My Heart For the Judge," "Bitter Wind," "Rose Colored Eyes," and "He."
WOW is WOW, November 27, 2007
Pete (NJ) - (Amazon Customer Review)
The fall of `68 was an exciting time for me as I had just gotten my driver's license and was beginning my senior year in high school. A friend of mine had just bought this album and I said I had to listen to it. "WOW" is an understatement. And the "Like A Gene Autry Foxtrot" that you would have to get up and switch the record player to 78 r.p.m. was cool. Almost all record players could play 78 in those days. And it included an extra album, "Grape Jam". "Grape Jam" was nice, but was not as good as "WOW", but it was free, so that was good (today these cuts would be considered bonus tracks). In the years since, this still remains as one of my favorite albums. The vinyl is well worn and my turntable doesn't play 78 anymore. In the mid 90's I found a CD which was issued by San Francisco Sound. A little pricey at the time of $24.95, but it included the "Grape Jam" album, and it was a vast improvement over my old worn vinyl. Unfortunately it did not include "Like A Gene Autry Foxtrot" from the WOW album and "The Lake" from the JAM album. In the years following, as technology evolved, I found ways to record the missing songs and improve the sound from the old vinyl. So I now have a complete album set. I can't comment on the quality of the newly released CD, but the WOW album was and still is a great album. Extra tracks are a bonus. Too bad they didn't include the "Grape Jam" cuts as they were bonus tracks in their day. Now you have to buy them extra. Buy WOW and enjoy.
By Yours Truly
If the reviews above still have you doubting whether this one is worth the time to download I will shout out a resounding yes! This is seriously one of my most favorite albums from the time era is was born in. I still play it today and enjoy it immensely. Sure it's gonna sound dated if you're hearing it for the first time today, but for us old farts who were around back then, this one is a jewel. I'd put it up against any other album made in the same timeframe. It's just too bad that the suits (like always) screwed them over and killed another great band.
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