October 16, 2009 Playlist

Pledge Drive!
A Groovy Hippie Sixties Special
"Moby Grape" by Moby Grape (USA 1967)
Moby Grape "Moby Grape"  1967 (USA)
Moby Grape's "San Francisco Summer of Love" debut album is among the most heralded "unheralded" LP's of the psychedelic sixties.  Much like Love's Forever Changes album, Moby Grape failed to sell much when released in 1967, but over the years has developed a strong cult following.  It's easy to see why the band had such high commercial expectations -- with all five members singing and writing songs, and a powerful three-guitar line up, the group had chops and style to spare.  However the record label's promotional strategy of releasing five singles simultaneously (one featuring each member, more or less) failed bigtime -- they put forward 10 of the 14 songs on the album for radio, and thus none of the songs broke through and became a hit.  Another thing that may have worked against Moby Grape was that they specialized in extremely tight, short songs at a time when the San Fran scene was into stretching out and jamming.  Finally, the album being quickly withdrawn in order to airbrush out the drummer's "middle finger salute" on the cover also did nothing to help the band's sales or relationship with their record company.
Here's some rare video footage of Moby Grape performing several of their non-hit singles on television: "Omaha" and "8:05" and also "Hey Grandma" and "Sitting By The Window".  Plus, here's a very groovy clip of Strawberry Alarm Clock in the movie Psych-Out  --- oh wow, maaan!
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year Country
The Byrds Eight Miles High Fifth Dimension 1966 USA
The Jimi Hendrix Experience Purple Haze Are You Experienced? 1967 USA/UK
Cream Tales of Brave Ulysses Disraeli Gears 1967 UK
The Beatles She Said She Said Revolver 1966 UK
Love Your Mind And We Belong Together A-side 7" single 1968 USA
SRC Up All Night Milestones 1969 USA
Crosby Stills & Nash Pre-Road Downs Crosby Stills & Nash 1969 USA/UK
Neil Young (R) I've Been Waiting For You Neil Young 1968 Canada
Spirit Mr. Skin Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus 1970 USA
Moby Grape Omaha Moby Grape
1967 USA
Moby Grape Hey Grandma Moby Grape
1967 USA
Moby Grape Sitting By The Window Moby Grape
1967 USA
Creedence Clearwater Revival Suzie Q (Dale Hawkins) Creedence Clearwater Revival 1968 USA
13th Floor Elevators Slip Inside This House Easter Everywhere 1967 USA
Grateful Dead Dark Star (studio version) A-side 7" single 1968 USA
The Rolling Stones Dandelion A-side 7" single 1967 UK
The Small Faces Up The Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire There Are But Four Small Faces 1968 UK
The Strawberry Alarm Clock Pretty Song From "Psych-Out" Wake Up, It's Tomorrow 1968 USA
Jefferson Airplane (R) The House At Pooneil Corners Crown of Creation 1968 USA
The Mothers of Invention (Frank Zappa) Concentration Moon
   / Mom And Dad
We're Only In It For The Money 1968 USA
Traffic House For Everyone Mr. Fantasy 1967 UK
Vanilla Fudge Eleanor Rigby (Beatles) Vanilla Fudge 1967 USA
Iron Butterfly In The Time Of Our Lives Ball 1969 USA
Alice Cooper Levity Ball (live) Live At The Whiskey, 1969 rec. 1969 USA
Nazz (Todd Rundgren) Back Of Your Mind Nazz 1968 USA
Scott Walker The Plague B-side 7" single 1967 USA/UK
Eric Burdon & The Animals The Black Plague Winds Of Change 1967 UK
The Doors The End The Doors 1967 USA
The Blues Magoos Sybil Green (Of The In Between) Basic Blues Magoos 1968 USA
Os Mutantes O Religio Os Mutantes 1968 Brazil
Joni Mitchell Night In The City Joni Mitchell 1968 Canada
The Incredible String Band Gently Tender The 5000 Spirits or The Layers of the Onion 1967 UK
Blossom Toes When The Alarm Clock Rings We Are Ever So Clean 1967 UK
The Pretty Things She Says Good Morning S. F. Sorrow 1968 UK
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