magazine article from Italy
wayne hawes wrote:
of the vocal harmonies of West Coast music, it is commonplace
to cite, mistakenly, as initiating this musical style, "Deja
Vu" of CSN&Y, ignoring completely the genius of Alexander
"Skip" Spence and of his Moby Grape, to whose debut
album is ascribed the merit of having forged this genre.
to be forgotten due to their quite short career, Moby Grape left
us a very interesting musical legacy, brought to light thanks
to the tribute project "Forever Mo'" directed by Bill
Morse. This third volume, even though not boasting a cast composed
of the big names that often populate tributes, in its simplicity
(see the excessive artistry
of some tributes) unveils a level of quality that is quite high.
renditions, being live rather than in a studio, are not simply
carbon copies, but on the contrary allow themselves a wide margin
of exploration. Interesting in this sense is the tentative experiments
of some passages in parallel versions. In particular excels the
driving chorus of "Murder in My Heart for the Judge"
by Mike Fornatale (who participated also in the Moby Grape reunion
tour of 2001), the excellent country version of "Funky Tunk"
by the Juvenators and an explosive "Seeing" by the Italian
"Hypnodance," the legendary Florentine band led by Ernesto
de Pascale. A final colorful note is the presence among these
interpretations of Bob Harvey, bassist of the first formation
of the Jefferson Airplane with Skip Spence as drummer, author
together with Brian Fowler of an excellent rendition of "Hurting
for the People."
It is a courageous project birthed across the oceans that merits
applause and an attentive listen.
OF THE MONTH - SAN FRANCISCO BLUE IDIOTS VISION
How did the band get together? The story begins in the early 1990's.
Bob and Brian were in the same Sea Bee (Naval Construction Battalion)
that went to Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. Bob and Brian started
playing together and after returning to civilian life in May 1991
they did some writing and recording. But when Bob had a family
tragedy and he had his hands full dealing with it, they lost touch.
In the fall of 1998, Bob and Brian found each other again through
Jeff Tamarkin who was writing a book on the Airplane and was looking
for Bob. Brian answered Jeff's query on the internet and gave
him Bob's Atlanta address. Jeff's letter was forwarded to California
where Bob had moved. After meeting Grace Slick in Malibu, Jeff
drove to Riverside, California and spent a few hours interviewing
Bob. He also gave Bob Brian's E-mail address. Bob contacted Brian
and they began working on songs again. Bob would send lyrics and
Brian would add music. He would record the music and send it back
to Bob. This was how San Francisco Blue was formed and how the
project called "Idiot's Vision" was begun in October
1998. The year 2001 is a time of renewal and promise. Bob and
Brian are very pleased that "Idiot's Vision" has now
been released through Cranium Music in New Zealand. It is a limited
pressing of 1,000 CDs. Get one while they are still available
Collector Magazine UK - January 2001