Despite recording one of the greatest debut rock albums of the 60s, the career of Moby Grape proved a frustrating one, beset by record company mismanagement, personal problems, and a seemingly limitless capability to shoot themselves in the foot when it really mattered. Featuring three great guitarists and with all the members contributing songs and vocals, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1967. Unfortunately, CBS Records decided to release five simultaneous singles in a marketing ploy that backfired spectacularly. A masterpiece of psych-influenced guitar rock, the album failed to live up to the hype and was overlooked on the market place. Their follow-up was packaged with a free album (Grape Jam), and despite being more of a mixed bag was still jam packed with excellent songs. Skip Spence's increasingly fragile mental state led to his departure prior to the release of Moby Grape '69, and by now the group was struggling to escape from the sense of bad karma that followed them around. Various members continued to record under the Moby Grape name in subsequent decades, but their heyday remains that glorious period between 1967 and 1968.
Followers: Robert Plant, Spirit, The Doobie Brothers, Head East, Gin Blossoms, The Golden Palominos, Nirvana, The Melvins
Influenced By: The Beatles, The Byrds, Chuck Berry, Mamas And The Papas, The Rolling Stones, Them, The Pretty Things
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