Moby Grape - Moby Grape 69 - Columbia 1969

Moby Grape 69 - front cover

front cover - open

Moby Grape 69 - rear cover

rear cover


Music - 5 stars

The back cover of Moby Grape 69 features a long and I think heartfelt apology by producer David Rubinson.
The essence is that the Moby Grape got so caught in some "destination" they forgot to appreciate the journey.

The band is down to a quartet and as Rubinson states "starting over again".
Great comeback albums are rare but the Moby Grape pulls it off with this record. The Grape takes it in a totally different direction. The writing is superb, the singing and harmonies terrific and each side flows together as a suite.

The style might be seen by some as country rock, but this album can't be pushed into any niche.
The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and the disbanded Buffalo Springfield were hot at the time but sound nothing like the Grape. "Trucking Man" and "It's a beautiful day today" were the singles. Neither single charted but the latter song was a staple on FM rock stations for several years and its wistful beauty makes it timeless. The Moby Grape 69 was released on CD in 2007, and includes some out-takes and demo's. This is a great album for collectors of 1960's music.

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Bob Mosley left the band to join the Marines after this album. Mosley completed basic training, but not his full tour of duty. He was discharged after fighting with an officer [what the Marines see as a serious breech of military courtesy] He would turn up again on Moby Grape's Twenty Granite Creek and later release a solo album. Sadly, like his band mate Skip Spence, Mosley was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia.