Moby Grape – Moby Grape (1967)

Album no. 82/1001

These guys are the first band on the list to be named after a crap joke (what’s big and purple and lives in the ocean?).

Moby Grape had three guitarists – the only other band at the time to have three guitarists was our mates Buffalo Springfield (that’s a fun fact) – and a couple of the members were originally in Jefferson Airplane. 

Unfortunately for these kids, they made some rather dubious business decisions and ended up with not much money or much fame. 

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No.

NK: Never heard of this band at all.

Standout track

CL: It’s pretty damn difficult to choose a standout because they all have this terribly generic sound. I suppose ‘Omaha’ is alright.

NK: ‘Omaha’? ‘8:05’? I don’t know, I didn’t go for this much. There are some tracks with some fun guitaring, but none of the songs were that interesting.

CL: A lot of these songs sound like they should be on The Brady Bunch. It’s like a bunch of American TV executives needed a group to play some “rock and or roll” on an episode, so got these guys in to do it. I mean, I have nothing against The Brady Bunch – except for the fact that it’s awful.

NK: Also how bad do the drums on this sound after Sgt Peppers? Really bad! The playing is ok, but the recording is awful.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: I would put this on a bubblegum pop playlist for someone who also enjoyed the musical stylings of The Everly Brothers. THIS GENERATION’S EVERLY BROTHERS.

NK: I can’t recommend this to be honest. Sorry Moby. Sorry Grape. It’s just not for me.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: I don’t know., They had to include a token pop album on the list? Bleugh.

NK: They had three guitarists? Not convinced that was a good thing, but I don’t think many other bands at the time were doing that.

Will you be listening again?  

CL: No way.

NK: Nope.

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Moby Grape on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.

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