• peter lewis Just Like Jack (LP, £16.50)

    Peter Lewis was a founding member of one of the most original and influential West Coast bands of the 1960s, Moby Grape whose classic eponymous debut album was released, 50 years ago! In honour of this momentous anniversary, Shagrat Records are proud to be releasing the second solo studio album by Peter. The Grape had it all – bags of charisma, fabulous singers, insightful songsmiths and an electrifying three-way guitar sound that might have turned them into California’s greatest band had everything not all gone so sour, so quickly in the wake of its release. We think it’s easily his most accomplished set to date showcasing 10 of his most recent songs, which reveal a quality and brilliance on par with some of those classic songs he composed for Moby Grape such as ‘Sitting by the Window’, ‘I am Not Willing', ‘He’ and ‘Horse Out in the Rain’ all those years ago. Peter plays six and 12 string guitars and harmonica and the good news is that deep warm baritone voice of his has not diminished with age – it sounds as rich and haunting as it did during the Grape’s halcyon days! A must-have for Grape aficionados and lovers of off-beat Americana, this UK release is a vinyl-only run of 500 copies. Artwork is by John Hurford, photographs by Henry Diltz, Heather Harris, and Peter’s daughter Arwen. The inner sleeve features an extensive essay by Rolling Stone senior writer and long-time fan, David Fricke giving an in-depth overview of Peter’s musical endeavours outside of the Grape’s own fascinating history. Tracks: Be With Me / Courage / To The Hearse / Last Chance / Valley Music Festival / Sailing / The Survivor / Just Like Jack / When / These Blues

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