Band members Related acts
line up 1 (1972)
- Bob Mosley -- vocals, bass
supporting musicians (1972)
- Woodie Berry --
- Fine Wine (Bob Mosley)
- The Frantics (Bob Mosley)
- Legendary Grape
- Mosley Grape (Bob Mosley)
- Joel Scott Trio
- Superfine Dandelion (Ed Black)
- The Vejtables (Bob Mosley)
Rating: **** (4 stars)
Title: Bob Mosley
Catalog: MS 2068
Grade (cover/record): NM/NM
Comments: sealed copy; cut corner
Catalog ID: 183
about famous rock burnouts is likely to include Moby Grape and the late Skip
Spence in their discussion. Equally worthy of mention, though he's never
attracted the same media attention, is former Moby Grape singer/bassist Bob
Speculation on my part, but I'm guessing Mosley looked like an attractive way for Reprise to recoup some of its investment in Moby Grape. After all the label had signed the reunited band to a recording contract and funded an album only to see them split before Reprise could recoup any of their investment. Mosley had written the bulk of the songs for the album and was clearly talented. Why not take a chance on him?
I have to admit
that as much as I liked Mosley's work with Moby Grape, my expectations for
the album were low. Recognizing cut out bins are full of atrocious solo efforts,
expecting all that much from 1972's "Bob
Mosley". My mistake !!! Guess I should have
remembered that Mosley wrote some of The Grape's best material. If you
doubt that comment, or simply haven't explored Moby Grape catalog checkout
Mosley efforts like 'Mr.
Blues', 'Come In The Morning', Trucking Man' and 'It's
a Beautiful Day Today'. Recorded in Hollywood's Crystal Studios with producer Michael
O'Connor, Mosley was credited with penning all eleven tracks.
'Gone Fishin'' was co-written with brother Andy. Maybe I'm being
overly generous, but having owned this album for years and listened to it
dozens of times, I'd argue Mosley turned in an album that was as
consistent as anything Moby Grape ever
recorded. Supported by a talented pick-up band including former Superfine
Dandelion guitarist Ed Black and ex- Morning Glory drummer Allen Wehr, it
was also a more rocking album than anything The Grape ever recorded.
Throughout the collection Mosley demonstrated an almost chameleon-like ability to handle different
musical styles. The opener 'The Joker' was a roaring slice of
fuzz guitar propelled rocker. 'Hands of Time' was a nice West
Coast rocker while 'Thanks' offered up a pretty country-rock
tune. Among the other highlights, sporting backing from the Memphis Horns, 'Let the Music Play',
'Nothing to Do and a rerecorded 'Gypsy Wedding' offered up three classic slices of blue-eyed soul.
In spite of a misogynistic
lyric, my personal favorite was the
soulful 'Gone Fishin''. Sadly, this lost
classic vanished without a trace.
1.) The Joker (Bob Mosley) - 3:37 rating: **** stars
about a roaring, rock and roll voice ... 'The Joker' was the kind of
hard rock performance that could have made Moby Grape top-40 stars.
Sizzling opener that showcased Mosley's churning bass lines and made it hard
to understand why Reprise didn't release if as a single.
One of Mosley's finest songs, I love the Moby Grape original (off of 1971's "20 Granite Creek"). Admittedly standing true to the original, the remake isn't exactly shabby. That said, I'd give the nod to the original, if only for the fact it was a more urgent performance and it doesn't have the obtrusive Memphis Horns cluttering up the arrangement. Reprise released the track as a single, though I have never seen a stock copy:
1972's 'Gypsy Wedding' b/w 'Gone Fishin'' (Reprise catalog number REP 1096)
3.) 1245 Kearny (Bob Mosley) - 3:15 rating: **** stars
address? Always wondered about the title ... '1245 Kearny' was
another awesome rocker; this time adding a bit of Southern rock to the
mix. His vocal has always reminded me a touch of Marshal Tucker's Doug
Gray. Nice platform for hearing what a talented back-up band was
supporting him. Guitarist Ed Black
and drummer Allen Wehr powered this one.
first disappointment, powered by Ed Black's pedal steel guitar, 'Thanks' was
a pretty country-tinged ballad. Probably was I'm not a big country fan
and Mosley sounded like he was singing through a nasty case of strep throat.
1.) Where Do the Birds Go (Bob Mosley) - 3:30 rating: **** stars
my goodness, Mosley just had a classic rock and roll voice and when
surrounded by fuzz lead guitar like 'Where Do the Birds Go'
you had to wonder how Moby Grape didn't achieve stardom on the back of his
how does a then-young San Diego rocker like Mosley suddenly sound like a 60
year old soulster ??? Seriously you couldn't have been blamed for
thinking you were hearing a Clarence Carter track ... Just a stunning
performance and a wonderful tribute to the benefits of fishing. I love
every minute of the song and then out of the blue Mosley throws in a
misogynistic lyric "I
met this girl sitting at the bar. Said I'd like to take you for a long
ride in my car. She said "sorry Joe I'd rather comb my hair"
so I hit her in the head, slapped her brain with my chair ..."
Docked a star for the thoughtless lyric.
Sporting one of the album's prettiest melodies, the Gospel-tinged ballad 'So Many Troubles' seemed autobiographical, provided a bit on insight into the troubled man's psyche. Awesome Ed Black fuzz guitar solo.
Following the release of an album with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Chris
Darrow in the Darrow Mosely Band, 1973 found Mosley rejoining
Jerry Miller and Peter Lewis in another resurrected Moby Grape. Unable to
performer as 'Moby Grape" (they didn't own the name), they
resorted to playing California clubs as Maby Grope or The Original Grape,
eventually recording a 1976 album as Fine Wine (it was only released in
Germany). The mid-70s found Mosley back on the club circuit as a member of
Neil Young's touring band
The Ducks (along with Jeff Blackburn and John Craviotto). 1979 saw another
Grape reunion in the form of " Live Grape". Unfortunately, the
mid-'90s were extremely difficult for Mosley. His illness and personal
problems culminating in a period of time where he was literally homeless,
forced to live in the streets of San Diego. Moby Grape members Peter
Lewis, Jerry Miller and Don Stevenson repeatedly tried to help Mosley get on
his feet, but it wasn't until 1996 when the band regained use of their name,
that their efforts saw success.
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