Wow/Grape Jam

Wow/Grape Jam (Moby Grape)

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A spectacular illustration that subtly replays the joke 'what is purple and gets washed up on a beach?'. Answer Moby Grape, and Wow was certainly one of the exclamations made when first seen hanging in a record shop window. Bizarre yet brilliant.

Wow/Grape Jam is the rock band Moby Grape's second album. It was unusual and significantly different from most double album releases. It was released in 1968 as two completely different albums in separate covers but packaged together and sold for the price of a single LP.

Grape Jam was originally intended to be a free bonus album to be given away with Wow. Each album was later released as an individual CD with bonus tracks. Wow originally had a color gatefold sleeve, while Grape Jam had a color non-gatefold cover. This was Moby Grape's highest charting release in the U.S., peaking at #20 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Wow has a more heavily produced sound than the first Moby Grape album. String and horn arrangements were added to many of the songs by producer David Rubinson. Recording started in Los Angeles in late 1967, but most of the album was recorded in New York City in late 1967 and early 1968.

Murder In My Heart For The Judge is a thumping blues rock tune written by drummer Don Stevenson that was later recorded by other rock musicians such as Lee Michaels, Three Dog Night and Chrissie Hynde. Bitter Wind, written and sung by Bob Mosley, has remained one of the group's most...

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