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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Apr 5th, 2019 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

...probably best known as one of the guitar players in the mid-late 1960s band "Moby Grape", and usually an L5 or other Gibson kinda guy...

...stretching out on a Gretsch "Roundup" G6121 (?):

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Apr 5th, 2019 03:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

I enjoyed that. I didn't know Miller was still playing.

Dude has a really funky right hand and killed it! Great guitar tone too.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Apr 5th, 2019 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

He played in the Santa Cruz area for many years after the untimely demise of Moby Grape and then returned to his old stomping grounds around Tacoma Washington.

Still playing, last I heard.

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Knuckleheading
Apr 5th, 2019 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

That was great!

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Apr 5th, 2019 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd never seen him play anything with a whammy on it before, but he certainly seems to be perfectly at home with it.

He played a great big Gibson L5 (which he still owns) with Moby Grape and that's the guitar I've mostly seen him play over the years.

IMHO, Moby Grape was one of the very best bands of the "psychedelic" era. It was really sad that the wheels fell off that bus so quickly, and not for musical reasons.

Interesting interview:

Te 52

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Apr 6th, 2019 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...IMHO, Moby Grape was one of the very best bands of the "psychedelic" era..."

Amen to that. Apparently Skip Spence was similar to Gram Parsons, extremely talented but kind of unstable to begin with, and the heavy drugs really sent him off the deep end. In the resulting trauma and chaos, the band just fell apart. Really a shame.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Apr 6th, 2019 02:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Their debut album was released the same day as "Sgt. Pepper's" and the label put out 5 singles simultaneously, which didn't help any of them to become a "hit".

I've also heard that their management burned them badly, and yeah, Spence pretty much crashed and burned on drugs.

His final years...

...were not pretty:

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older,better
May 10th, 2019 05:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry fellas that aint the Moby Grape bloke.

Same name different person.

Saw the Eileen Jewell band a couple of years ago.
Well worth it.

(This message was last edited by windmill at 07:53 AM, May 10th, 2019)

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