The good folk at Sundazed Records are putting out a fantastic little vinyl package of some unissued Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence demos. Spence was most famous for his work with Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape, but his solo work is fantastic and aside from his amazing OAR record, hard to find.
A description from the website:
That makes the discovery and release of these demos, recorded in New York in 1968 during the run-up to the Grape’s second album, Wow, a delightful shock. They are a double shot of the pure, gifted Spence, minus the complex vocal and triple-guitar energies of the Grape and before his psychotic collapse during the Wow sessions and subsequent lifelong battle with schizophrenia. “Skippy was always ‘high’ on this other level,” his Grapemate, singer-guitarist Peter Lewis, once said. “His mind was always churning over with stuff.” With his addicting enthusiasm, Lewis added, Spence was “always able to get people going on his trip.”