Moby Grape is an American rock group from the 1960s, known for having all five members contribute to singing and songwriting and that collectively merged elements of folk music, blues, country, and jazz together with rock and psychedelic music. The group continues to perform occasionally.
As described by Jeff Tamarkin, "The Grape's saga is one of squandered potential, absurdly misguided decisions, bad luck, blunders and excruciating heartbreak, all set to the tune of some of the greatest rock and roll ever to emerge from San Francisco. Moby Grape could have had it all, but they ended up with nothing, and less."
Grape Jam has been criticized for its rather loose and mostly improvised performances which contrast sharply with the heavily produced material on "Wow". However Grape Jam is also notable in that it features guest appearances on piano by Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. This studio album was recorded in New York City in January and February 1968. Skip Spence plays guitar on "Never" and piano on "Boysenberry Jam". Peter Lewis does not appear on this album. The opening track "Never" is the best known song and has often been cited as a probable source for Led Zeppelin's song "Since I've Been Loving You": the opening lyrics, the bluesy arrangement and some melodic elements are almost identical. "The Lake" is a strange combination of poetry submitted by a fan (the winner of San Francisco radio station KFRC Songwriting contest, Michael Heyworth) and avant-garde psychedelic Musique concrète sound effects somewhat like side four of Freak Out! or Revolution 9. The album was the inspiration for a number of other studio "jam" albums during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Later examples of this trend included Al Kooper's Super Session and the 3rd LP of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass.
- "Never" (Mosley) - 6:16
- "Boysenberry Jam" - 6:03
- "Black Currant Jam" - 7:11
- "Marmalade" - 14:05
- "The Lake (M. Hayworth & Moby Grape) - 4:01
Bonus tracks on 2007 CD edition
- "Grape Jam #2" (previously unissued) - 9:24
- "Grape Jam #9" (previously unissued) - 9:14
- "Bags' Groove (previously unissued) - 13:24
(total CD time for Grape Jam 69:30)
- Peter Lewis – rhythm guitar, vocals
- Bob Mosley – bass, vocals
- Jerry Miller – lead guitar, vocals
- Skip Spence – rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
- Don Stevenson – drums, vocals