Great on the Grape

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 14, 2008

Dear Editor,
    Re: Moby Grape [“Reissues,” Music, Dec. 14]: Raoul Hernandez has written the most cogent and polished-gem-perfect review of the best band you never heard that it's ever received. Sparing us the usual litany of the bogies that have bedeviled the Grape for four decades, he dives directly into the meat of the music. Hernandez, I'm submitting your name to the Grape as a potential PR man. With you writing liner notes, even the stone deaf would be compelled to buy Moby Grape!
Greg Volpert
Lawrence, Kan.
   [Raoul Hernandez replies: Thanks Greg, I'm going to make you my PR man! By now you're no doubt aware that the very same week our review ran (Dec. 14, 2007), Sundazed pulled the first three Grape titles, Moby Grape, Wow, and Grape Jam, from its active catalog for legal reasons. Even the notice on the label's website (www.sundazed.com), lamenting the turn of events was soon yanked out of circulation. As ultimate Grape booster David Fricke wrote at year's end about Moby Grape '69 being one of the best reissues of 2007, "legendary for its psychedelic pow and long legal battles, this San Francisco band has been screwed again."]
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